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July 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Sounders FC 1, D.C. United 0 — postgame D.C. quotes

D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH CURT ONALFO

(On the outcome of the game)

“It’s a game where I don’t think we were particularly good in the first half, I thought we were much better in the second half. Having said that, we didn’t finish our chances, we had a couple of good opportunities. And at the end of the game we pushed the game because we needed, in our mind, we wanted to get three points out of this game. We gave away a terrible ball to give away in our part of the field and we got punished.”

(On Hernandez)

“I thought when he came in the game we moved the ball well but we had the game. If you look at the first half we didn’t do well in possessing the ball. Second half we did a good job of that and he was a big part of it.”

(On whether the team is moving forward positively)

“It’s the grind of MLS; we took a whole bunch of steps forward, tonight we took a step back. Is it the end of the world? It kind of is in my mind a little bit but we’ve got to lick our wounds and just keep progressing. We have a big game at home against Galaxy, which is the best team in Major League Soccer at this point. And like I said earlier in the year, we have to learn from this stuff. It was a youthful error in the 87th minute that cost us the game and that happens – it’s disappointing but we’ll continue to get better.”

(On Andy Najar)

“If you look at Andy’s performance at 17 years old he’s making runs in the 90th minute to create chances and the majority of our chances came from his side, so he was dangerous. We still need more composure in the final third, we have to do a better job of that first pass, that second pass, and that third pass.”

(On the first half)

“I wasn’t that pleased with how we defended during the first half, honestly. I thought that we gave them too much room, I thought they had some shots from distance. I thought we were just a little bit off. We knew that they were going to drop off a little bit, put a little pressure and we didn’t do a good job at moving the ball quick enough and opening up and having better movement of the ball. It’s not an easy thing to do on a hot night but it had to be better. Second half was a ton better there but Montero’s a very good player, we know that.”

D.C. UNITED FORWARD SANTINO QUARANTA

(On losing late against the run of play)

“Yeah, I think it’s one of those things where you look at the game and it was a story of two halves. We struggled in the first half, but in the second half I never felt like we were going to lose the game. I didn’t think we deserved to lose it to be honest. In the end, it was one break down, one mistake that [caused the loss]. We have to lift our heads up and move on, we have a couple of days here to get back at it on Sunday [against LA].”

(On facing LA Galaxy on Sunday)

“It’s going to be a good one. I think every opponent in this League is difficult, especially LA where they are so dynamic up front. They are very good on the counter attack, and tonight we lost our shape a bit so we need to watch out for [counter attacks]. That said, in the end a mistake cost us – it just wasn’t good enough.”

(On his attempt at an empty Seattle net)

“I tried to chip it over [Kasey Keller]. It is one of those things where you think, man I have been so close so many times, we’re just struggling. I’m trying my best, but I’m just not scoring at the moment – I can’t explain it. There are fingertip saves, balls bouncing off the bar, I don’t know.”

D.C. UNITED MIDFIELDER STEPHEN KING

(On losing such a close match)

“Obviously we are disappointed. We know now the way things have gone, that we need three points, so especially for us this is very tough. You know in the first half, I thought we were lucky to come inside at 0-0, but in the second half we played a lot better. We knocked the ball around, we created a lot of chances, but soccer is a cruel game. We are disappointed not to get points out of tonight’s game, but we have to get back to work tomorrow.”

(On recovering in time for LA)

“You know I think it is better with such little time [leading up to the game]. You don’t have a whole week to think about it and mull over it. I think it is a good thing to have another game on Sunday and to put this [match] behind us right away.”

D.C. UNITED MIDFIELDER BRANKO BOSKOVIC

(On his D.C. United debut)

“It’s hard to say – I think we were unlucky, you know? We gave away a hard goal in the last minute, it was very unlucky. I think we must continue to work very hard, we must try to win the next game and forget this match. We have to prepare hard for the next game [against Los Angeles on Sunday].”

(On the level of play in MLS)

“The level everywhere now is high. Everybody runs wells, you must be physically very good – MLS is the same. I need to keep playing, and I hope the next game physically I am much better.”

D.C. UNITED GOALKEEPER TROY PERKINS

(On the loss)

“It’s tough – just a tough loss to deal with. I thought at times we looked sharp; we needed to put away our chances. At other times we were disorganized and we paid the price. It was definitely not a good way for us to end the match [with a late Seattle goal].”

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