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May 29, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Sounders FC 2, Real Salt Lake 1, postgame quotes and stats

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SIGI SCHMID, Sounders FC head coach

(Last year you were in the same situation but conceded the late goal, this year it’s a huge win, what did you make of the game?) “Obviously it’s a good result. We came in here last time and were leading 2-1 in the end and gave up a goal. We came close to doing that again, but being able to hold on was good. We didn’t make it easy on ourselves. We were a little fortunate at times in the game; they were around our goal. But I also thought we had some good attacking moments and some good chances.”

(What did you make of the red card and how that changed the game?) “It looked like Fucito had turned him and was behind Olave. If he doesn’t take him down, I think Fucito’s in on goal 1-v-1. So he would’ve had an opportunity to score. Obviously them losing an important player like that helps us. We were able to use it to our advantage, scored a goal off a set piece and then Lamar Neagle scored a great goal.”

(What can you say about Kasey Keller’s performance?) “He came up huge. They were throwing everything forward. With the rain, the field was a little bit slippery, but they were definitely putting balls in the box, putting pressure on us. We didn’t do a good job of pushing out sometimes. Kasey did well. The defense also blocked some shots and so forth, so we did what we needed to.”

(He also stepped up early in the second half to keep it 0-0 when you were under a lot of pressure…) “Definitely. The first five to almost ten minutes of the second half was theirs. They were all over us a little bit and we were struggling again to find a rhythm and hold the ball. After that we started holding onto the ball a little better and took the pressure off ourselves.”

(What happened to Alvaro Fernandez?) “He tweaked his hamstring a little bit in warm-ups. We came in and checked with him, said ‘How do you feel?’ He says, ‘No, I think I can go.’ I said, ‘Look, you’re a veteran player. I’m going to trust you.’ He goes, ‘No, no, no. I can go. I can go.’ Then 15 minutes in, he couldn’t go. So next time we’ll not trust him. I don’t know. It was tough. In his heart and soul he wanted to go, but then he felt it and for the betterment of the team he came out.”

(What did you think of Lamar Neagle’s night?) “I thought he did all right. It’s tough to come into a game when you really haven’t had an appropriate warm-up. You try and get your feet wet, obviously against a team that knocks the ball around well. I think he did a good job for us defensively. Second half when the game opened up, I thought he had some good offensive moments for us as well. Obviously that’s a goal of the week candidate.”

(It might get lost in the big win, but what went into the decision of benching Fredy Montero?) “Up ’til now we haven’t really been scoring goals. I thought Fucito had a good game last game out. We wanted to give Jaqua a run at it. Sometimes looking at it from the bench opens up your perspective. When Montero came in I thought he played very well. He forced a couple big saves from Rimando on a couple shots that he hit. He was right there off the corner. I think Pat nudged it over the line, but he was right there involved in that. I was very happy with what he did coming off the bench.”

(What does it feel like to end their 29-game unbeaten streak at home?) “It’s something we’re proud of. It’s something we talked about before the game. We wanted to be the team that ends the streak. It was something that was a goal for us as we went into the game. RSL has been a great team at home and they’re a very good team. We’re very happy with the fact we were able to win and very proud of that.”

(Has the streak been something that’s stung a little bit, especially considering last year’s game?) “Obviously we thought we had a win here last year, but it wasn’t in the cards. And they’ve played a lot of good games here and beaten a lot of good teams. We’re happy to have come in here last year and gotten a tie out of it, and won here (this year), because this is a tough place to get a result.”

(How big was this win for the psyche of the team?) “I think it was good for our team and our character. We talked about that. We talked about stepping on the field and playing every game like it’s your last. Also from a standpoint of, we’ve got ‘Seattle Sounders’ on our jersey. We are the Sounders. We are the heart and soul. We have to put it out there every time we step on the field. I thought they did that tonight.”

LAMAR NEAGLE, Sounders FC midfielder

(What happened on your goal from your perspective?) “I think it was Ozzie who went outside. He (had been) in the center, so it opened up the space for me in the middle. I just popped in the middle, (Wahl) played it right to me, turned, saw where Rimando was, tried to hit it outside of him and it all worked out.”

(What’s it like to be the team that ended RSL’s big streak?) “It’s huge for us right now. We came into it knowing they had a streak going and we definitely wanted to end it. We want to be a team that ends other people’s streaks and … hopefully we’re on the start off our own.”

(You had an interesting start to the night. What happened there?) “We started the warm-up and then we realized that Fernandez might not be able to go. They just had me warming up now and then, like every five minutes I’d get up and start to warm up. So I knew I might be called in early. I had an idea of it from the get go.”

(This will be one you never forget, huh?) “You always remember your first goal. It was definitely nice. I’ve had a couple in the Reserve League, but not like that.”

(On getting insurance with a second goal, something that proved crucial in the end…) “We always want to go up a couple goals, to have that insurance. We had a couple leads and lost a couple leads, so we definitely knew that we needed to keep going at them and not just try to pack it in. We kept going at them. I got my chance and I took it.”

(How did the red card change the game?) “I thought right afterwards we kept good possession. We knew able to control the game. Obviously at the end it starts to turn as they start to push a lot of guys forward, but I thought we did really well keeping the ball after we went up a man.”

PATRICK IANNI, Sounders FC defender

(What happened on your goal?) “I just wanted to make sure it got over. That’s all. Good win for us more than anything tonight. I’m just happy to get the three points, go back and have a good week of practice and focus on Chicago.”

(How important was this win, having to go down to the wire to secure the three points?) “For sure we battled, fought and defended hard the whole time. We had a few chances. I thought it was a pretty even game until Olave got sent off and we got a few more chances. Scrapped on the goal, the first one. Tyson put a good ball in, Jaqua got up, Montero got a touch on it and I finished it there. Lamar’s goal was incredible. It’s good for him to get that, good confidence boost for him. He’s a player that hits those in practice. I can actually say that. He gets a lot of good goals in practice. Good one for the team overall. We worked hard for this game and we’re glad to be leaving with three points.”

(How did the red card change the game?) “It definitely gives you a little lift knowing you’re going to have more possession and open it up a little bit more. It certainly makes the game a little easier for us.”

KASEY KELLER, Sounders FC goalkeeper

(Did you get flashbacks to conceding the 2-1 lead last year?) “We did everything we could to try and throw it away, but we didn’t. A lot of credit. Nasty conditions out there, and they’re a very good team. They put us under an extreme amount of pressure in the last 10 minutes. We were obviously disappointed losing the other day at home and this is good way to kind of get that out of our mind. They hadn’t lost in 29 games here, so it’s obviously a very tough place to play. We’re proud to be able to break that streak, but like I said, give them a lot of credit. They really played well and made it extremely difficult for us under such bad conditions and having a man down.”

(Considering the red card and their losses in personnel, did you view this as an opportunity for you?) “Definitely. It was a huge opportunity for us, and we took advantage of it. You have to do that in sports. When you get a chance you take advantage of it. Great play when Mike spun Olave. It’s one of those things and the red card was the right call. We got the goals, but they never quit and that’s a lot of credit to them. They almost snuck one at the end, but I’m proud of guys to hold on.”

(Did you see much of Will Johnson’s shot on that last save?) “There was a big crowd, and he hit it where I could grab it. I don’t know where else he could’ve put it — maybe he could’ve smashed it around my legs — but it was nice to get it up by my hands. We rode our luck a little bit. Just proud of the guys to be able to bounce back after the defeat at home.”

(You doubled the goals that RSL has allowed this season, how?) “Well it’s obviously under different conditions a little bit with getting the red card and us taking advantage of the man advantage. Obviously a tremendous finish on the second. You know I like the way they play. They’re a good team and I think they’re going to challenge for the championship if they can get people fit. Today is about some of our guys stepping up and making plays. Lamar Neagle, young kid who had a few opportunities, was able to step up and score a great goal to win a game. That’s what it takes sometimes. It takes a guy doing something special to win something and we were able to do that today.”

(What did you do well defensively tonight?) “Defensively, at different times they put us under pressure. I think at the end of the first half they put us under a bit of pressure, and in the beginning of the second half. It was about 20 minutes after the red card where I didn’t have a lot to do. In the last 10 minutes they had nothing to lose and starting throwing numbers forward and made it tough for us. I think for only the 20 minutes after the red card did I feel like I wasn’t under too much pressure. But they’re a good team and there’s a reason they hadn’t lost in 29 games.”

(How big is this after a few underwhelming results?) “This is nice. We also had a couple other situations, in Columbus and Philly and different away games where we got draws out of it, but maybe it could’ve been more. With this one, maybe it should’ve been a draw, but it was nice to be able to hold on and win the thing. Credit to the guys. It was a good night.”

FREDY MONTERO, Sounders FC forward via translator

(What did you make of the coach’s decision to start you on the bench?) “As players we don’t like to be on the bench, but it’s a technical decision. I just have to grit my teeth and support the team.”

(It’s happened to other players, and to you before last year, does that help in moving forward?) “Yes. We’re all human beings. We’re not perfect. Sometimes we have good and bad moments and I hope that my play from now on will be (better).”

(How important was this result for the team?) “It was a very big moment for the team. To (have the home record) that this team had for two years is not easy. We came over, played an intelligent game, scored two goals and got the three points.”

(On bouncing game from Wednesday’s disappointment…) “It was a strange game at home, but we decided to recuperate the points we lost at home as visitors. That’s how we started this game.”

JASON KREIS, Real Salt Lake head coach

(Overall thoughts on the game…) “I was real pleased with the way we fought and our aggressive mindset to open up the second half, the way we continued to fight when we were down a man and down two goals. All in all, it’s one of those times as a coach that I’m happy with the fight and the spirit and very disappointed with the result.”

(On the end of RSL’s 29-match home undefeated streak…) “All good things must come to an end, I guess. I’m not quite sure how to feel about it right now, I’ve been so focused on all of the small things going on with our team lately. In some strange way I’m pleased with a lot of the play, with the fight of the guys, with the mindset to keep going and never quit.”

(On the late goal from Nelson Gonzalez….) “When Nelson [Gonzalez] comes in to the game like that, down a man, as bright as he was and scores a goal – it will be hard to leave him off the lineup next week.”

(On Jamison Olave’s straight red card…) “[Jamison] Olave has been doing a much improved job in the disciplinary column for the past year and half now. Last year I thought he had a real strong year, this year he’s been spot on. A different referee tonight and that’s a yellow card.”

NAT BORCHERS, Real Salt Lake defender

(On how the game went after the red card to Jamison Olave…) “I think we were disappointed to give up that first goal. I think the red card was even more disappointing. I don’t think it’s a red card personally and I think it’s a pretty tough call.”

(On the positive things that Real Salt Lake can take out of the match…) “The positive is that we did come back and we showed fight. We showed that we are not a team that gives up and that’s always how we’ve been, that’s how we are going to continue to be the rest of the season.”

NED GRABAVOY, Real Salt Lake midfielder

(On the red card shown to Jamison Olave…) “I don’t really know what to think about it. It doesn’t look like (Mike Fucito) necessarily has the ball under control yet and [Nat] Borchers was pretty close, enough to make a play or at least try to hold him.”

(On whether this is a low point for Real Salt Lake this season…) “For sure; it kind of feels like we can’t get a bounce to go our way. We keep saying and trying to do the right things and the guys are putting the work in. The effort is good, but it’s obviously got to get better at this point.”

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Scoring Summary:

SEA — Patrick Ianni (Fredy Montero, Nate Jaqua) 72

SEA — Lamar Neagle (Nate Jaqua) 84

RSL — Nelson Gonzalez (Luis Gil) 8

Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Robbie Russell (Nelson Gonzalez 76), Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman, Jean Alexandre (Chris Wingert 62), Will Johnson, Fabian Espindola, Andy Williams (Luis Gil 88).

Substitutes Not Used: Arturo Aghasyan, Kyle Reynish, Collen Warner, Chris Schuler.

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Nat Borchers 4, Will Johnson 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Will Johsnon 2, Jean Alexandre 2); FOULS: 7 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Will Johnson 1, Fabian Espindola 1); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Andy Williams 4); SAVES: 3 (Nick Rimando)

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans, Erik Friberg (Roger Levesque 81), Osvaldo Alonso, Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 18), Mike Fucito (Fredy Montero 69), Nate Jaqua.

Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Mauro Rosales, Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Osvaldo Alonso 4, Lamar Neagle 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Lamar Neagle 2); FOULS: 12 (Tyson Wahl 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Nate Jaqua 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Tyson Wahl 3); SAVES: 5 (Kasey Keller 5)

Misconduct Summary:

RSL — Will Johnson (caution; Reckless Foul) 28

RSL — Jamison Olave (caution; Ejection) 58

RSL — Chris Wingert (caution; Reckless Foul) 65

SEA — James Riley (caution; Timewasting) 81

SEA — Tyson Wahl (caution; Reckless Foul) 90

Referee: Mark Kadlecik

Referee’s Assistants: Rob Fereday; Colin Ablaster

4th Official: Yader Reyes

Attendance: 14,674

Time of Game: 1:50

Weather: Cloudy and 57 degrees


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