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August 25, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Sounders FC 0, CF Monterrey 2 — Seattle player quotes

KASEY KELLER, goalkeeper

(Seems like you deserved more) “No question. You’re looking at two Champions League games right now where we could easily be walking away with six points as opposed to no points. Or at least four, and that’s obviously frustrating. But now it’s all about getting this behind us and getting ready for a huge MLS game against Chicago here on Saturday. But like you said, I truly agree with you, we definitely coulda, shoulda got more out of the game in Honduras and coulda, shoulda got more out of the game today. That’s frustrating on our side because I think at times we’ve played some very good stuff. Balls coming off the post, penalties that maybe aren’t penalties, offside calls that aren’t offside, it’s kind of one of those old things of that little bit just not going for us.”

(Like the start of the MLS season?) “A little bit, where you get in situations where, yeah, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Hopefully we’re keeping that solely to the Champions League and now we get back to all that good form that we’ve had in the league over the last 6-7 weeks.”

(Of the prospect of advancing in CCL, little room for error) “I could care less, to be honest, right now with the Champions League. I’d want to concentrate on making sure we do well. Granted every time we step on the field I want to show somebody in CONCACAF that these last two games weren’t our standard, that we can get that to turn around. But at the same, let’s keep going in the league. Let’s get the league right, that’s our next game, that’s what we have to worry about and let’s make sure we give everything we can against Chicago because a win on Saturday would put us in a tremendous position. That’s truly our priority right now is the next game and the next game is against Chicago here.”

(On weighing CCL and MLS, your consciousness on the field doesn’t change but still valuing CCL less) “You’re always going to step on the field and give everything you can, but there’s always that little subconscious that’s kind of floating around there. And that was a fun game to play, that’s a good team. On paper that’s the best team in our little group and a game that I think they’re now going away, getting on their plane going ‘Wow, we got pretty lucky there.’ That’s a great three points for them and that’s a shame, because Marathon thought the same thing, ‘Holy crap, how did we get three points out of this game?’ But we’re going to be better, our players are going to be better in the long term because of these games and because of this competition and let’s hope we start to get that little bit of luck that we’ve created for ourselves next time. Like Sigi said in the locker room, those five to five great chances we had, let’s bury those four to five great chances against Chicago and everyone will forget about tonight.”

(On the two goals given up being similar) “They were similar. Exactly. The first one was a little bit unfortunate just because of the deflection and it kind of hit and fell to a guy that was open and a helluva finish. I thought I could beat him to the ball and it was a great finish. The second one, like you said, you make choices. You go, you think you put him under pressure and he (de Nigris) beats you. The next time you say, ‘OK, you beat me.’ He tells on the next corner kick he meant to hit it to my other corner and he mishit it and slammed it over my head. You say, ‘(Shoot), when it’s one of those days, it’s one of those days man. What are you going to do?’ Like I said, we conceded two 1-on-1s where you think they weren’t even doing that. You could see they were really trying to play that gap and really trying to play off that shoulder and they got rewarded two times.”

FREDY MONTERO, forward, via translator

(Do you feel you deserved better after how you played tonight?) “Sure, but we all know that soccer is about who actually makes the goals and not who tries the most.”

(What prevented the offense from breaking through?) “We were very anxious. That anxiety got to us when trying to actually score. They got to us twice and scored.”

(On being 0-2 in the group, difficult prospects to advance) “It’s going to be very difficult, but it’s possible. As soon as we can find our rhythm we’ll be able to convert some goals and that will allow us to advance to the next round.”

(On the goal disallowed at the end, what did you see?) “The ref saw that I was offsides, but I saw that the player from the other team had touched it with his head. But the ref saw what he saw.”


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