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July 28, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Sounders FC 1, Isidro Metapan 0 — Metapan quotes

Edwin Portilllo – Metapan Head Coach

(Opening statement) “Losing always hurts. It bothers us, but knew it was going to be a difficult game in a difficult stadium full of people; we are not that use to such a full stadium. It motivated us as well. It was an unfortunate mistake by our keeper. He’s crying out for the mistake, but this is human we need to recover and move on. The Sounders did better, we came looking for a tie and ended up losing. Last year we lost 1-0. Now we will do better on our own field.”

(On what the goalkeeper saw during the goal) “Everyone is giving him moral support. He was in the locker room crying. The ball changed directions and he wasn’t in very good position at the time, but at the same time it was a surprising kick from the player who just came in. For the keeper with the years of experience with the national team, he is bothered by it, he is not happy.”

(On the style of play difference between the two teams) “In the MLS the style is very different; first of all the infrastructure is much stronger. The payers are more professional and even more so from a style they move faster. Collectively they’re still missing, but individually they are very fast. We came here very cautions to play defensively. We didn’t want a large score against us.”

(On the players playing on the artificial turf) “We had played before on artificial turf. We didn’t feel much of a difference. We played a friendly in LA and another in Panama. It isn’t a field we are used to working on, but not a tremendous difference.”

(On playing a more aggressive style for the next match) “That will be the focus of our team. We have to change the tactics. We need to score 2 goals and that comes with more risk, but that’s the only game. We will have to run the risk we don’t have any other alternatives, so we’ll have to expose ourselves to keep in the tournament.”

(On CONCACAF not approving its home stadium [Estadio Suarez] suitable) “That maybe surprised me a little bit. The last time we played in a tournament at our home. This time CONCACAF didn’t approve of our stadium. Our stadium is indeed small, but for one reason or another they didn’t approve our facility. We’re going to play in the capital [San Salvador’s Estadio Cuscatlan]. That might give a better show, but it might reduce our advantage. In fact in our stadium we have won 30 or 34 games without losing and now we have to play in a place that makes it a little bit more neutral.”

(On the expected crowd capacity for the next match) “We are from the municipality, not the capital. It will take two hours and it’s a weekday so people have to work. I will not create false expectations. I expect 3,000 from the capital and a few more from the municipality.”


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