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August 15, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Sounders FC 0, Chivas USA 0 — Seattle player quotes

JEFF PARKE, defender

(On impressions of the result) “It’s a bit both ways. I feel like in the first half we had the better of the play. The second half could’ve gone both ways. I feel like the team put a good effort in. It’s just a shame we didn’t get the three points. One point is good at least. It’s not exactly what we wanted but it’s still a step in the right direction and zero goals (allowed) obviously is good as well.”

(On what to take from the match) “There’s still some positives. You’ve just got to move on. You’ve got to forget about it now, the game’s over. We’ve got the game on Thursday and that’s the next important thing.”

(On the stoppage-time altercation) “It looked like two girls smacking each other. I don’t think Leo really got too bad into it. I think it was definitely a red on that guy’s part and maybe a yellow on Leo, but it was pretty funny looking from my vantage point.”

SANNA NYASSI, midfielder

(What kept you from getting that elusive goal?) “I think we did a better job tonight of keeping possession in the back and midfield, but the passing wasn’t quite good. I tried to slip people through, but it wasn’t working, so it was tough for us. We created some quality chances. I had one, but I didn’t quite get it on my forehead, that’s why I couldn’t bang it in.”

(On what you take from a point on the road) “We really wanted to get the three points, but it’s still good because we kept it to zeroes, kept a clean sheet, made sure that we at least got a point. We had a lot of teams that are chasing us from behind so we need to make sure that we get points, also because they have games in hand.”

JAMES RILEY, defender

(On weighing the positives and negatives from the result) “I think we set a high standard for ourselves. We’re on this run, I think we’re playing good soccer. Offensively and defensively, we had the better of the first half. Unlucky not to get a goal. Second half I thought it was even, chances both ways. We hit the post and Thornton had an unbelievable save, so we were getting chances that way. Obviously to come down to The Home Depot Center and get a draw with Chivas, we’ll take the point, but we know we could’ve had all three. That’s the standard we hold ourselves to, especially in this last stretch. It’s a mixed mood in the locker room right now.”

(On the hot streak affecting the standard you set for yourselves) “Yeah, I think so. I think we all think we let two points slip away tonight. As a team we could’ve got a goal, could’ve been more dangerous on set pieces — corners and free kicks. In the run of play, I thought we created enough chances. Again, it’s building that team chemistry — Flaco had his first start of the season — as we get down to the last stretch.”

(On physicality of the game) “Chivas is always a physical team. They compete. Home Depot is a pretty big field so you have to cover a lot of ground. It comes with the territory. We’ll get iced up and regroup for the Champions League game on Thursday and get back at it.”

KASEY KELLER, goalkeeper

(On the team’s performance) “It was fine, but I thought our final third just wasn’t as sharp as it’s been lately. We got ourselves in a good position and mistouched a trap, messed up the cross. It just seemed like it was one of those days but at the same time I was happy with the way we worked as a team and we defended and we did some pretty good things. Definitely it’s a positive step. We’re now nine games unbeaten and things are OK.”

(On keeping a clean sheet without making too many saves) “That’s always nice. I like it when I’m cleaning up a lot of things and that seemed like more of what I was doing. I’m just happy with the way we’ve been playing and the way we’ve been stepping out to block shots, the way we’ve tracked runners and got out on the counterattack. It really has been an unbelievable turn around in the last eight to ten games.”

(On the physicality of the match) “It was a physical match, but you expect that. It’s part of the game. I took a good shot to the ribs and that doesn’t happen too often and that was a little bit frustrating. Besides that little fracas at the end, I thought it was a pretty clean match. There were some hard tackles but nothing where you thought anybody was going after anybody.”

(On the fracas) “I’d like to see it on tape, but I always think it’s weird when a guy gets punched in the face and somehow he gets red carded as well. You take a red card for getting punched, that seems a little strange. But like I said, I was a long ways away but it looked a little harsh on our side.”

(On defensive form) “That’s great for us. That’s what we didn’t do for a stretch of games, we conceded too many goals as a team. Now we’ve tightened it up very, very well. I’m happy with the way we’ve been able to change the mentality. It really starts at the top, guys really putting people under pressure further up the pitch and not letting them comfortably serving balls into the box and running at you, that mentality has to stay there if we want to be successful.”

(On improved attitude playing a part in turnaround) “That’s definitely helped. There’s no question that we’re extremely together at the moment. I think there’s been a combination of things (that have helped the turnaround). I think how seamlessly Nkufo and Fernandez have come into the team. With Jaqua better fit. The energy a Roger Levesque brings to the team at different times. Sanna Nyassi has been very good in the last 8-10 games on that side of it. It really has become a team and this league’s too close in talent. There’s no Manchester United, Barcelona, where you can have a bunch of individuals out there that are just so much better than everybody else. This league is all about that 5-percent, just knowing that someone is going to run for you, clean up your mistake and they’re going to be there. And for a period of time, we didn’t have that. That has now 100-percent galvanized this team.”

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