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July 31, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Sounders FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes 0 — ‘Quakes quotes

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOP

On the result:

“I’m disappointed. I thought it was definitely our worst performance this season, including [Real] Salt Lake. From the whistle it just didn’t seem like we had any idea or any scrap in us so it was really disappointing. I like to give players a chance and the players that come out aren’t necessarily playing badly; some guys just look good at training so you give them a shot. The players have to take it and earn their right to play.”

On what went wrong:

“I’m just disappointed from the whole club side of this, it’s a massive game and we just lay down and die really. Especially in the first half it didn’t look like we had any cohesion at all. We worked hard all week, talked about what we want to do with the ball and all the things that go into playing well and I’m just disappointed. You have to give Seattle some credit, they’re a good side, they play well and defensively they were solid. We just didn’t move the ball correctly and we were reacting to everything and not anticipating. Our counterattack seems a bit better away from home, but when we come home we’ve got to do it as well.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER IKE OPARA

On what the team can take from this game heading into next week’s game at Colorado:

“[We need] to put a full match together, [to] keep the intensity [up] from the first whistle to the final one. That’s what I think we’re going to have to focus on. [It] just shows that in the second half when we bring the intensity, we can play with just about anyone. Hopefully next week we get the result.”

On the goal by Fredy Montero:

“We allowed Fredy [Montero] too much time to turn and that was my fault. After he laid the ball off he made a run to the middle and Sam [Cronin] and I just didn’t track and that’s inexcusable in the box. You have to live and learn.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER SAM CRONIN

On how the team puts the loss behind it:

“That’s the only choice we have. There’s still a lot of season left. It was still an important game for us but we still have a lot to play for so we have to put it behind us, get ourselves ready for Colorado.”

On what the team can take from this game:

“Probably that we can’t just show up and expect to win games. Home or away we have to have that mentality and [we] really can’t afford going into a game with that mentality and have a great team jump on you like that. We’ll make it better for the next time.”

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