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June 11, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Sounders FC 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 2, quotes and stats

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SIGI SCHMID, Sounders FC head coach

(Opening statement…) “I thought we had more of the game for most of the night. Obviously we fell behind on the penalty kick. I thought we had a bunch of good chances, half chances. I thought we were around the goal. I thought the soccer we played at times was very good. We eventually got the lead 2-1, then we made a mistake in the back and Hassli hits an unbelievable shot. So you walk away 2-2, but on the gist of the game, I thought we were the better team.”

(On final goal…) “The quality of goal was magnificent, but it should have never gotten to that position on the field. We had the ball. The ball came off our guy. There was no assist on the goal I would assume, unless they’re giving our guy an assist. When you have the ball there, it’s late in the game, you’re winning 2-1, you have to get the ball out.”

(On emotions in the final minutes…) “It’s obviously a rollercoaster. You go up and down a little bit.”

(On game representing progress or a step back…) “I thought the soccer we played was good. I thought we were attacking. I thought we were going forward. In the second half we switched Mauro out to the right side because we thought he was having a lot of success there. I thought the soccer we played at times was very good. We were patient. We knocked the ball around in the back when we had to. We opened the game up. Our service could have been better. I think we could have been a little sharper in the box. Jaqua could have had a bigger impact for us coming in, but outside of that, I thought it was OK.”

(On PK given and the PK not given…) “I can’t talk to the referee when he runs off the field and he’s afraid to talk to me. Obviously he waited and made detours to shake their players’ hands. But twice, both at halftime and at the end of the game, he knew I wanted to talk to him and he just walked away, so obviously he must have felt bad.”

(On Fredy Montero starting again…) “We thought he deserved another opportunity. I thought he played with a lot of energy. I thought he played well. I thought he had some very good looks, especially in the first half that he needed to finish. He’s been a little bit unfortunate, but hopefully they’ll go in soon.”

(On Mauro Rosales…) “I thought he was good. Thought he was sharp. He was a handful for them. I thought he was very effective on the right. He continued to get crosses in, that’s one of the reasons we came with Jaqua, thinking that we’re getting so many opportunities to cross the ball and eventually Jaqua got a flick that sort of helped us on our first goal. But we thought we could have taken advantage of that a little bit more.”

(On Osvaldo Alonso’s goal…) “It’s good. He gets a lot of shots from that place and it was good to see the ball go in. It was sort of a risky situation because we were probably 2v1 at the other end of the field, so if the shot gets blocked we’re scrambling a little bit. But it didn’t get blocked and it went in, and hopefully that will give him confidence. Alonso works extremely hard and does great things all the time. Sometimes simplicity helps you get out of a certain situation, but certainly the goal was well taken.”

(On a perhaps unorthodox forward pairing of Montero and Fucito…) “I thought they were effective. Maybe one forward has to be over 6-foot to make it an orthodox pairing. I don’t know. I don’t think that’s the case. I don’t think Barcelona has a player over 6-foot playing up there. It’s a matter of guys being active and guys putting the other defense on their heels. Fucito was in in the first half and got pushed from behind as he was about to shoot but it’s not a PK, so he had a good look. Fredy Montero had some good looks. Rosales was getting there as well. Neagle played well in the first half. I thought the front four in that regard was pretty good.”

KASEY KELLER, Sounders FC goalkeeper

(On Eric Hassli’s equalizing goal in the 85th minute…) “That’s as nice a goal as you’re ever going to see. He’s obviously been one of the top guys in the league this season. He’s a great player for them and he scored a great goal for them at a great time in a big game.”

(On the penalty kick that was awarded to Vancouver …) “There was a lot of bodies in my way. It looked like a penalty. But in the same right, if that’s a penalty then Mike [Fucito’s] is a penalty as well at the other end. So sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t. But in the end we came back, we fought, we didn’t quit, we made some subs. Nate [Jaqua] came on and made a difference. Mauro [Rosales] got his first goal. Great. Ozzie [Alonso] makes up for the penalty with a good goal and then unfortunately their goal happens and then everyone goes away a little disappointed. Let’s not forget that 80 minutes into the game we’re down one-nil and then somehow we come back and have a chance to win it. And that’s just frustrating that you do battle like hell to get in the lead and we concede so quickly after. But I guess if you have to concede a goal, you concede something like that.”

(On conceding the goal so soon after scoring one of their own…) “I think statistically throughout world football, it happens. You’re celebrating a goal you just scored and mentally, I mean you talk all you want about, ‘You have to do this, you have to do that,’ but there’s so much jubilation in a goal that sometimes it’s just hard to get back refocused. It happens more often than we’d all like to admit, especially when it happens to you. At the same time, it took something special, something extremely special, but unfortunately something that was very preventable. And hopefully we learn it.”

MAURO ROSALES, Sounders FC midfielder

(On the result…) “When we score the second goal, we have to control the game and get three points. It was unlucky that they got a draw in the game.”

(On how it changed his game when Nate Jaqua subbed in and added some height to the field…) “We can play more from the outside and we can give crosses to him because he’s tall. With Mike [Fucito] and Fredy [Montero], they are not so tall and the crosses have to be a little (lower) than for Nate Jaqua. So it was a little bit better to play more outside in the game and we get the spacing.”

(On what the emotions were like at the end of the game to get the lead then concede the goal…) “Yeah, it was a little bit of frustration in the last part because we worked very hard. We were waiting for the goals and when the goals came we did the difficult part to change a game and then unlucky on the play with Jhon [Kennedy Hurtado] and Ozzie [Alonso] and we give the chance for them to score. But what a goal, unbelievable.”

(On scoring his first MLS goal…) “About my goal, I am very happy because it was the first one and in Qwest Field. I was not waiting for the goal because I am too far when I am making the cross and making the free kicks, I’m too far from the post. But then I get a chance and it was very good for the team to make a step to win the game. It was unlucky in the last five minutes.”

OSVALDO ALONSO, Sounders FC midfielder

(On the goal he scored…) “It was a beautiful goal. It gave us the lead for a little while but unfortunately, I’m unhappy that it did not end up being the victory goal.”

(On taking shots from that spot often and if he thinks this will give him confidence to keep taking that shot…) “I always try from outside and in the first half I also had an opportunity like that and it always motivates me to keep shooting from outside so I’ll keep doing it.”

JAMES RILEY, Sounders FC defender

(What do you make of how this ended?) “I’m speechless for sure. That’s an absolutely unbelievable goal. Obviously we’re a bit upset because we think we gave them that opportunity. I thought we could’ve closed the game out. We did well to battle and said at halftime if we got one we were going to get the second and we did. We battled. We fought. They didn’t quit. It comes off our mistake and we’re sitting in the locker room like it’s a loss instead of celebrating a derby victory.”

(On how Hassli’s goal changes how you walk away from this one…) “It’s been an unbelievable high and an unbelievable low. I mean I’ve lost the MLS Cup on something exactly like that. I mean, where we scored a goal and went up 1-0 and then they equalize right away right off the kickoff. So it’s definitely a dagger. I think the biggest thing is they didn’t really create it. We defended well and one bad mistake gives him an opportunity and a window to hit it and he strikes a wonder goal. Obviously we have to take it with a grain of salt and get back to work but definitely it stings for sure to be up 2-1 and work that hard and press for the equalizer and then to go ahead. We’ll learn from it.”

(What do you learn?) “There’s good things: how to come back from 1-0, stay calm and stay positive, and continue to get looks, and continue to put guys in good spots. When you go ahead, now you have to learn how to close things out and defend it. It’s safety versus risk. Where do we play when we have a team that presses, that’s capable and has speed and are dynamic? It’s just one of those things, going back to fundamentals. Safety versus risk.”

BRAD EVANS, Sounders FC midfielder

(Does the quality of Hassli’s goal affect how you weigh the result?) “No. It should have never happened. That’s the bottom line. Period. It should have never happened. Regardless of quality, it’s something that never should have happened. Simple as that.”

TOM SOEHN, Whitecaps FC interim coach

(On his overall thoughts on the match…) “Anytime you come to Seattle there is difficult circumstance to deal with. This is a fantastic crowd and I thought we did a good job staying compact and organized. We got a goal in the first half and came in pretty pleased. I figured Sigi would have them all ready to come out and play the second half. To their credit they did a good job of keeping the ball in the second half. Going down [2-1] I credit our guys for coming back and getting the second one. We had players step up and Eric [Hassli] had a great goal.”

(On his thoughts regarding his team’s second goal…) “Some people might not be sure if he [Hassli] meant to shoot it from there, but we see him everyday and he pulls off shots like that all the time. He has one thing on his mind and that is scoring goals.”

(On the momentum swings during the match…) “I was here with D.C. United and it was 3-3. This place tends to have a lot of emotional swings. Our guys put a lot into it and we are a bit disappointed to not come away with more but we can take a lot of positives from this one.”

(On starting off the MLS rivalry between Vancouver and Seattle…) “There is a lot of respect between the two teams. You can tell there is a build up of energy between the clubs and I think this will be a positive for the Northwest.”

ERIC HASSLI, Whitecaps FC forward

(On his thoughts regarding the second goal…) “I closed my eyes and shot. I had a lot of luck there. It works so that is why I do it.”

(On the ranking of the second goal in his career…) “I think it is the best goal.”

(On assessing his play so far during the season…) “We practice hard and that is were the results are coming from. We are starting to build more chemistry, playing together more and starting to connect. Hopefully we will start seeing the results.”

(On the support from the traveling fans…) “Incredible to see them with the flags and the singing along with everything else. It really helps us.”

(On dedicating his first goal to the fans…) “Yes. They came all this way; even though we didn’t get the best result we really appreciate it.”

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Scoring Summary:

VAN — Eric Hassli 5 (penalty kick) 29

SEA — Mauro Rosales 1 (unassisted) 81

SEA — Osvaldo Alonso 1 (unassisted) 84

VAN — Eric Hassli 6 (unassisted) 85

Vancouver Whitecaps — Joe Cannon, Jonathan Leathers, Jay DeMerit, Mouloud Akloul, Alain Rochat, Shea Salinas (Bilal Duckett 90), Gershon Koffie, Jeb Brovsky (Michael Nanchoff 85), Camilo, Davide Chiumiento (Peter Vagenas 73), Eric Hassli.

Substitutes Not Used: Alexandre Morfaw, Greg Janicki, Omar Salgado, Kevin Guppy.

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Eric Hassli 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Eric Hassli 2); FOULS: 12 (Alain Rochat 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Eric Hassli 1); CORNER KICKS: 1 (Davide Chiumiento 1); SAVES: 3 (Joe Cannon 3)

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Lamar Neagle (Nate Jaqua 59), Mauro Rosales (Erik Friberg 83), Fredy Montero, Mike Fucito (Miguel Montano 65).

Substitutes Not Used: Leo Gonzalez, Pat Noonan, Zach Scott, Terry Boss.

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Fredy Montero 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Osvaldo Alonso 2); FOULS: 13 (Brad Evans 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Brad Evans 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Mauro Rosales 3); SAVES: 2 (Kasey Keller 2)

Misconduct Summary:

VAN — Alain Rochat (caution; Reckless Tackle) 46+

SEA — Osvaldo Alonso (caution; Dissent) 47+

VAN — Camilo (caution; Reckless Tackle) 55

VAN — Jonathan Leathers (caution; Delaying a Restart) 71

Referee: Mark Geiger

Referee’s Assistants: Eric Boria; Steven Taylor

4th Official: Ismail Elfath

Attendance: 36,502

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-62-degrees


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