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May 25, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Sounders FC 0, FC Dallas 1, postgame quotes and stats

dallas home.jpgPhoto credit: Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times

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SIGI SCHMID, Sounders FC head coach

(Opening statement…) “Basically the soccer was better, but everybody is disappointed with the result. It’s sometimes (play) bad soccer, get a result, (play) better soccer, you don’t get a result. A mistake on the goal, where we opened up. I thought we had chances and we certainly went forward. I was very pleased with the effort of Fucito. I thought he played very well. I thought Neagle came in and did well. I thought Jaqua came in in this one and had an impact. I thought Rosales had some moments. I thought Friberg had some moments, as well. Guys who need to step up need to step up and score goals when we get a chance. We can’t take extra touches in the box. We have to hit things first time. Sometimes we can’t do a cut back, Friberg had one where he cuts it back. We have other ones where we try to take two-, three touches and try to get the perfect shot. Perfect shots don’t happen. You’ve got to put the ball in the back of the net.”

(How would you characterize Fredy Montero’s play tonight?) “He needs to score. End of story. He needs to score. That’s what he’s paid to do. He needs to score. He’s a good enough player. He knows that. He can playmake, he can set things up. Rosales needs to score the goal off Fredy’s pass. That was a great pass. That’s one that’s got to be in the back of the net. How many clean chances did they have? Not many. They scored. That’s the difference in the game. That’s what you get paid to do. It’s a difficult task, but that’s the task at hand.”

(On the disappointing three-game homestand…) “Of course we’re disappointed. We’re not happy about the fact that we only got four points at home in three games.”

(On the Friberg PK appeal…) “No comment. Toledo’s Toledo.”

(On potential for lineup tweaks…) “We tweaked it tonight and we’ll see. We need 11 guys out there on the field who are all going to fight and battle at the same time, and also who are going to make good decisions. Toledo as a referee lets the game go. You’re not going to get fouls from flopping around the field. You got to stand. You got to man up, you got to be strong and you’ve got to play through it. Jackson was kicking everybody in sight, but he’s not going to call it, so obviously he’s going to continue to do it. So we have to be strong and we have to return it in kind. But we have to be strong. We can’t expect that we’re going to get the call.”

(On lineup changes…) “Friberg was healthy and he was starting before, so obviously he returns to the lineup. We thought in this particular game Zach Scott was going to be a good matchup for Brek Shea because they like to hit long balls and balls in the air to him. We thought that was going to be a better matchup than Riley and it was. We wanted to stay fresh on the outsides as well because we have a game on Saturday. Fucito is finally fit and ready to go, so we thought he deserved a chance because we felt his speed could give them problems, and he did.”

NATE JAQUA, Sounders FC forward

(Did it feel like you were close to breaking though?) “I felt like we had some good plays, but bottom line, it wasn’t good enough. We’ve got to win that game at home.”

(This game and the homestand, do they feel like missed opportunities?) “Yeah, you want to get points at home. You want to get wins. Dallas is a good team, but to lose at home, it’s always frustrating. It’s not good. Now we’ve got to go on the road and get a result, get a win in Salt Lake.”

(On trying to break down the FC Dallas defense…) “I don’t know actually how they’ve been playing. They did a good job defensively. They did a good job stopping crosses from coming in, and blocking crosses, and putting a lot of guys in the box. There wasn’t a lot of space in there. Credit them for defensively really closing us down. At the end of the day it’s frustrating.”

(Seemed like they were throwing bodies at shots and crosses…) “Yeah, they did a good job blocking crosses and shots, credit their defense. They really dropped in and stayed compact. You never want to give up a goal, but you especially don’t want to give up a goal at home early, because that allows a team to pack it in, especially on our field, which is pretty fast and the ball shoots around. (That makes it) easier for teams to close down space and keep us from really getting a rhythm.”

ZACH SCOTT, Sounders FC defender

(There doesn’t seem to be much consolation in defeat despite playing better…) “No. Not at all. It’s kind of one of those things. Getting a win you need to put three things together: effort, some quality and something magical out there. At times we had one or two of those, but never all three. I think that’s what let us down in the end.”

(Does a quick turnaround help?) “I think so. I’m not someone who dwells on past games. Take what you can out of it and move on. That’s definitely the case with this one. There’s absolutely no time to think too much into it going into a tough, tough game in Salt Lake.”

(On goals being precious with FCD shutout streak…) “To be honest, I didn’t even know they had a shutout streak, so I don’t think that was the case at all. We knew they were very quick up top. We know that we couldn’t let them get in behind us and, to be honest, the one good chance they had all game they tucked away. That’s the most frustrating thing.”

(Was the game too physical?) “If you ask me, no. I’m not going to be the guy to tell you the game was too physical. That’s kind of how I like to play. I’d rather there be less calls than hearing the whistle all the time.”

MIKE FUCITO, Sounders FC forward

(On the disappointing result…) “That’s one where I definitely think we should come away with at least a point, definitely three points. We were able to get in behind them a couple of times. You’ve got to put one away. If we were able to get one, then I think more would have come.”

(Are you still scratching your head as to how you didn’t score?) “Yeah, he made some pretty good saves. It’d be nice if one of these times the ball bounced to my left foot, but it’s getting close. I thought we were going to get one.”

(On getting four points in three games at home…) “Very frustrating, because we expect to get three points every time we play here.”

FREDY MONTERO, Sounders FC forward, via translator

(On the team having a lot of chances, but not breaking through…) “Everybody saw that the game was progressing and we were playing well. The opportunities were being created, but every time that a team cannot score, cannot convert, they put themselves in danger, and once the opponent has one chance they can convert, and that’s what happened.”

(Schmid subbed you off and said he wanted to see more out of you, how do you rate how you played today and recently?) “What concerns me is that I need the opportunities. I can’t say that I didn’t score and then get substituted. There were no opportunities, and that gets me a little bit sad, a little bit annoyed. Hopefully there will be more opportunities, and that is one of the things that needs to be improved.”

(Is the team affected by the lineup changes?) “Maybe that will be one of the reasons. Still we are all professionals, and we know the other players, we know our colleagues and what happens in the field needs to be the players’ responsibility. The truth is that this doesn’t end here, and there will be other games to play.”

SCHELLAS HYNDMAN, FC Dallas head coach

(General comments…) “It’s Kevin [Hartman’s] birthday today and we were talking about getting that shutout and to do it in a difficult environment like this with as much pressure on us. I thought it was a very good team performance.”

(On the defense…) “The whole game, especially the last 20 minutes, was really hard. I think they threw everything at us. When [Nate] Jaqua came in it brought another problem because not only was he able to hold the ball, but he was able to flick the ball on and he was able to connect at the end of it. We had it pretty well in our favor but what we had to do was keep knocking it out. When he came it, it added a different dimension. They are a good team that was very inspired to play at home and win in front of their fans. We don’t get this done today if it isn’t a complete team effort.”

(On Brek Shea…) “He continues to develop. He just turned 21 and we just signed him to a four year contract so he’s a player that we have a lot of faith in. He’s going to continue to develop. He broke through and beat [Kasey] Keller when he was coming out. It changed the whole game at that point in time.”

KEVIN HARTMAN, FC Dallas goalkeeper

(General comments…) “It was one of those games where we really have to concentrate. We had to work hard for a long period of time because Seattle was throwing a lot of numbers at us and some quality at us. I thought we weathered the first half pretty easily and they kept throwing bodies at us in the second half. Fortunately we were able to block some shots, save some shots and prevent shots. At the end of the day, we were pretty content to get the three points and get out of here.”

(On Seattle offense…) “It seemed like on occasion they were playing with three on top. I think that their left-sided midfielder got forward quite a bit and put Jackson under a lot of pressure. Their two strikers are very active. [Fredy] Montero is someone you can’t give any leeway.”

BREK SHEA, FC Dallas midfielder

(On Dallas defense…) “As a team, we got a goal early. It was a pretty crazy game. Every time we come to Seattle, the fans, the turf, the water. We had to defend a lot tonight.”

(On goal…) “I was able to make a run, saw an opening, and split the defense. AJ (Andrew Jacobson) happened to find me and I saw Keller coming out and I tried to put it past him.”

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SOUNDERS FC 0, FC DALLAS 1

Scoring Summary:

DAL — Brek Shea 4 (Andrew Jacobson 2) 18

FC Dallas — Kevin Hartman, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Zach Loyd, Brek Shea, Eric Alexander (Bobby Warshaw 74), Andrew Jacobson, Daniel Hernandez, Fabian Castillo (Ruben Luna 64), Jackson Goncalves, Marvin Chavez (Ricardo Villar 89).

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Avila, Bruno Guarda, Moises Hernandez, Chris Seitz.

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Brek Shea 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Marvin Chavez 1, Brek Shea 1); FOULS: 12 (Jackson Goncalves 3, Andrew Jacobson 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Marvin Chavez 1, Brek Shea 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Marvin Chavez 2); SAVES: 4 (Kevin Hartman 4)

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Erik Friberg, Osvaldo Alonso, Mauro Rosales (Lamar Neagle 83), Alvaro Fernandez (Roger Levesque 64), Fredy Montero (Nate Jaqua 75), Mike Fucito.

Substitutes Not Used: Servando Carrasco, Patrick Ianni, James Riley, Terry Boss.

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Mike Fucito 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Mike Fucito 3); FOULS: 4 (4 tied with 1); OFFSIDES: 5 (Mike Fucito 2, Fredy Montero 2); CORNER KICKS: 9 (Mauro Rosales 4); SAVES: 1 (Kasey Keller 1)

Misconduct Summary:

DAL — George John (caution; Delaying a Restart) 44

SEA — Zach Scott (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 82

Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Referee’s Assistants:-Craig Lowry; Kevin Duliba

4th Official: Juan Guzman

Attendance: 36,026

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Rain-and-54-degrees

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