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August 28, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Seattle Sounders FC 2, Chicago Fire 1 — Chicago quotes


(On his general impressions from the match…) “I think our team played good. It was a very good game. Both teams played really good football. It was a shame, with what is happening with the last couple of matches, us losing in the final few minutes. Part of the time of maturing of some players, the young players they are learning. This situation is normal.”

(On his team’s plan to stop Fredy Montero…) “Fredy Montero is a very good player. We talked how to go about defending him this week, before the match about his mark and ability to move. We can’t lose the mark and lose his position because he can take advantage of our situation. It is a shame because our team played really good. I’m sad for the result. I’m also excited because the players made a hundred-percent effort and they played really good.”

FREDDIE LJUNGBERG, midfielder/forward

(Opening statement . . .) “Of course it’s special to come back, you know. I have a special relationship with people in this city and I thought the fans were just amazing. Of course I was booed in the game, and before and after the game they were cheering so I can understand that totally, and it was a nice reception. About the game, of course we’re devastated, we lost the game due to marking. There were misses , and they scored two goals, which we’re extremely upset about in the locker room. But that can’t happen, especially when we play so well for 90 minutes and concede in the last second, the 90th and some extra minutes. We felt we played well. We kept the ball more than Seattle. They’re kind of a more straight forward, long ball system and hoping for the second ball so we kind of felt we could control it if we kept the ball which we did some moments in the second half which we were happy with. That’s why it’s hard, it’s devastating to concede on a long ball and marking we were missing in the box.”

(On being fouled by Montero . . .) “It’s football. I wasn’t here to do any messages in any way. We’re here to play and we’re all professionals so we’re all great friends with each other so I don’t think so.”

(On taking the PK…) “They wanted me to take it. The players said, ‘You should take it Freddie.’ I just felt it’s not about me. In this game it was so hyped up before I felt it was more important for other players. John just came back and he’s a big part of this team and I felt that it was worth more to him if he scored. Yeah, of course, it crossed my mind, but other people were more important than me.”

(Adjusting to his new teammates in Chicago . . .) “Normally it takes a while but my new team has been absolutely great and they want to play in a certain way and Carlos (de los Cobos, Fire coach) is very adamant about the way he wants to play, and keep the ball on the floor. And that’s an easy system for me to play, that’s how I want to play so I’ve gotten into it quite well. I’ve had a great record and played some great football. Unfortunately same thing-we conceded three corners and today we conceded three crosses or long balls and so at the moment we need to go back and concentrate on marking and I think we’ll get even more wins.”

SEAN JOHNSON, goalkeeper

(On his impressions from the match…) “Over the course of 90 minutes we played very well. It was 1-1 until the 90th minute. It is heart breaking to give up the game winning goal in stoppage time. I have to do a better job of managing the game. You never want to lose a game like that, after fighting so hard.”

(On his view of the Sounders first goal…) “The ball was played right across. We did well to recover and get behind it. We were unlucky and he had a good strike on it, not much we could do about it.”

(On the game winning goal….) “Not sure it was marking or me coming towards the ball, we can’t leave guys open at all. We will get it right.”

(On increase pressure playing in front of a large crowd…) “I wasn’t any more nervous for this match than any other one. It was a great atmosphere, I like playing in front of big crowds. They have great fans and a great atmosphere. With 36,000 fans, you can’t ask for more. I think at the end of the day you have to focus on the game.”


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