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August 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Sounders FC 0, Chivas USA 0, postgame quotes and stats

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SIGI SCHMID, Sounders FC head coach

(Opening comments…) “I thought in the first half they were a little bit the better team between us and them. I thought they had a little more of the game in the first half. Obviously we had a penalty kick that we hit the post on, so that didn’t help us, and I guess penalties are like mulligans, you only get one per round. So once we used up our mulligan we weren’t allowed another one. I thought in the second half we came out a lot better. I thought we took away their passing game. We did a better job of possessing the ball and as a result we created some good chances. Kennedy came up with some saves, some people saving shots on the line, us not quite getting clean hits of the ball and at the end it’s 0-0. I’m proud of our defensive effort. I thought our defensive effort was good. We really only got exposed the one time on the save that Kasey made in the first half off a nice little touch by Alejandro, which put their guy in. But outside of that I thought we were a lot better defensively. It just didn’t go in at the other end.”

(On Neagle’s PK appeal…) “I’m far away from it so it’s tough to tell. I haven’t seen a replay yet because something happened where our machine wasn’t working or something. It looked he got clipped, but I’m not sure because I’m far away. There was that one and there was one that I thought was really blatant that I could see clearly. It was the cross — I forgot who hit it — maybe Rosales, who hit it to the back post, the one where Nate Jaqua was at the back post. Umana basically took his entire body and arms and pushes him three feet and nothing gets called. I thought that one should have been called. It was pretty easy.”

(On what he said to referees…) “I just said, ‘Hey, you have to have a look at it and see what you think.’ I mentioned the other incident to him as well. We call a little foul on Friberg when he just touched a guy in the box and that gets called, but when a guy gets moved three feet it doesn’t get called. It’s not the refereeing. We had chances to score. We had a penalty and we could have scored that one and we walk away today 1-0 winners. Eventually you have to score. I was happy that we were much better defensively.”

(On scoring against Chivas…) “Maybe more snake bitten because obviously it has been three different coaches so it’s not like they play the same way defensively. I thought we had opportunities. I think we opened them up a little bit in the second half especially. It just seems for some reason that for us scoring goals against them they’re a little bit of a boogey team for us, a hard luck team.”

(On forward play…) “I thought they did a decent job. I thought Noonan did a decent job holding the ball up. There were some good combinations. I thought it was better in the second half than it was in the first. I think Fredy Montero had a couple good looks that I’m sure he’d like to hit the ball again. The one that he put past the far post was a pretty good look for him. He usually hits that a little better. At the end, we went with Jaqua and Rosales up there, just to get a little size in there and some fresh legs on the flanks and keep Rosales, who I thought was our most effective player, there.”

(On play to stop Nick LaBrocca…) “Just to be aware of where he was. Ozzie did a good job of that and was aware when he pushed up high that one of our defenders came over. I think we kept him pretty quiet for most of the game.”

(On Pat Noonan…) “I thought he played well. I thought he played well in the game against the Panamanian team, San Francisco. I thought he did some good things there holding the ball up for us. He’s a smart player. He needs to stay high. He had a couple chances in the first half off headers. He made some good slashing runs, darting runs in there. Whenever you can get soccer IQ on the field, it helps your team.”

(On Zach Scott…) “Zach just gives you endeavor and energy and effort. He’s been solid about winning his aerial duels. He’s been good about that. It’s about winning those 50-50 balls and Zach gives you that. If you can do that, that gives you possession of the ball and allows you to do things.”

(On O’Brian White and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado…) “With Kennedy we wanted to still wait a little bit. He’ll be on the field Tuesday. With O’Brian White there’s a little bit of a complication right now but we really can’t say because it hasn’t been fully determined what the situation is.”

(It’s his leg again though?) “Yeah, it’s along the same lines of his prior injury, but it hasn’t been fully diagnosed as to what it is or how to deal with it. The objective was to be cautious at this stage.”

PAT NOONAN, Sounders FC forward

(On the game…) “Very frustrated. We deserved to win the game, the team deserved better and offensively I had one or two chances that I’ve got to finish. Obviously we have a PK and maybe a second but the holdup play was shocking and it just wasn’t clinical in the final third. I take a lot of responsibility for that.”

(On wanting to validate the start…) “Of course. There’s a lot of guys fighting for spots and I had chances tonight to finish opportunities and I didn’t do it. It’s very frustrating.”

(On the PKs…) “He got the first one right, it was a handball. The second one, from my angle on the bench it was tough to see. I haven’t seen the replay enough to validate whether it was or it wasn’t, but aside from that we should’ve had one or two chances to put away and not even have to worry about that being the final decision. We just have got to be better in front of the goal, mainly myself tonight.”

(On harder to get second PK after getting the first…) “No question, especially when you’re at home and you’ve had chances. You can’t leave it in the referee’s hands that late in the game to make another PK call. It should’ve been put away long before that. Whether it was or it wasn’t, it’s not on the referee.”

LAMAR NEAGLE, Sounders FC midfielder

(On the non-call on the PK…) “Nate played a good ball. He was in the corner, he brought two defenders out with him, so I just cut toward the inside, got a good touch on it, beat my guy, then thought I beat the next guy. I took a touch by him and I think I got clipped. It kind of is what it is: calling two PKs in a game. I haven’t been known to dive in my life. I haven’t practiced it or anything. What can you do? We still had a lot of chances that we could have put it away anyway. We had chances to win the game.”

(Did the ref say anything?) “No. When it’s that intense at the end of the game, they don’t want to say anything that might incite it or anything like that. It’s understandable.”

(Did it seem like he was pointing to the spot?) “As I fell I looked over and thought he was, so I got the ball and started to run back, and I saw my whole team run back and Friberg running at the ref, and I thought, ‘What is going on?’ ”

(Did you talk to Stott after the game?) “I was just asking him about it. He didn’t say anything. You can’t really do anything about it anyway. I was just asking what he saw.”

(On nearly having another late-game surge…) “Towards the end we had the momentum. We were going at their goal. Whenever it’s a situation like that, we’re pressing to get a goal. We definitely had our chances. We had a few chances, so it was definitely possible. When I come on towards the end of the game I just want to run at them, try to bring energy because I know everyone’s pretty tired by then.”

JAMES RILEY, Sounders FC defender

*(On earning the team’s first MLS shutout in five games…)* “First off, they’re a good team. We knew that, so we gave them the full respect they deserved coming here today. We knew if we played up tempo right away we could catch them maybe on their heels, but we were unfortunate not to get some goals. In the first half I think they had a bit more of the run of play. I thought we shifted well. I didn’t think they were too penetrating. They had a couple crosses and that through ball that Keller came up big on. But other than that I thought we shifted well. I thought it was going to give us a chance to expose them on the break, on the counterattack, because they were pushing the line forward. Kudos to them. They held the ball well and moved the ball really well, and when they lost it they defended right away. In the second half we had more of the run of play and had chance. We had quite a few: you take the PK in the first half and the no-call PK in the second half, which from my angle was a PK on Lamar. We had a couple other chances that didn’t go our way. Again we’re getting those chances, which is good. We’re creating chances and we’re solid defensively. The back four did very well. I thought the two center midfielders did extremely well because they overload the midfield, so I thought they did well playing numbers down. You can’t say too much when it’s nil-nil, and it’s unfortunate, but we’ll learn from it and move on.”

KASEY KELLER, Sounders FC goalkeeper

(On the game overall…) “It was solid, defensively, for the most part. Just a little bit of frustration because at the moment. We seem to either be playing well offensively and not so well defensively, or well defensively and not so well offensively. If we want to really make a run into the playoffs, we’ve got to be able to put them both together. We’ve got to be able to play on both sides of the ball. In games like this, we could see this game out two-nil, three-nil, which we’re more than capable of doing. But in saying that, we haven’t had a clean sheet in the league for a while, so that’s a nice positive. But this is a game we should have won and we’re frustrated because of that.”

(On the possible penalty that was waived off late in the second half…) “That kind of stuff happens. That stuff is frustrating you know, but we had our penalty chance that we should have buried it, and multiple other chances. And multiple other half-chances that our final pass to the box was off today. It’s got to be better. It’s got to be better if we want to make a run in the playoffs. And on a day like today, we get our defense right, now we’ve got to put it all together.”

(Feel the defensive issues are getting better?) “Yeah, the problem we still have is we have that issue where we don’t seem to put both sides of the ball together. We defend well, but then we don’t seem to attack with the same precision. Then when we’re kind of in that attack mode we don’t defend well. It’s all about putting it all together. Yeah, I liked what we did defensively today and we created enough chances to win the game and enough half chances to put better balls in the box, to put them under more pressure and different things. Sometimes you have those days and give them a little credit. They rode their luck a little bit, but it happens like that sometimes.”

(On it being harder to get a second PK call in a game…) “Sometimes, but you would think that a penalty’s a penalty regardless. I didn’t think the first one was necessarily a penalty. Those are very difficult calls. Yeah it’s a handball in the box, but what could he really have done? He’s standing right there, he’s kind of in stride and the guy kind of kicks it into his hand. But like I said, we had opportunities to win the game. The penalties were the least of the issues we had today. Of course it’s great when you get that opportunity and you bang it and score and win the game, but frustrating … that we created enough chances to win the game comfortably.”

ALVARO FERNANDEZ, Sounders FC midfielder (via translator)

(On not scoring as a team…) “We had very clear opportunities, even a penalty. Unfortunately, I couldn’t convert it, but I’m happy that the team was able to create the opportunities.”

(Did you hit the PK right?) “I don’t think the problem had to do with the strength, it was more about the direction. I shot right into the post, it bounced back on the keeper and out. That’s how penalties go. It was not that badly kicked, but it cost us the two points.”

(What did you think of Kennedy’s performance?) “Very good indeed. We created many chances and made him a character of the game. Merit to him. He played really well.”

ROBIN FRASER, Chivas USA head coach

(On the performance of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy…) “I just said to someone that I can’t wait til we are not talking about Danny. Seriously, he was fantastic. He has had way too much to do at certain points throughout the year but has done his job superbly. As I watch him he gets better and better and his confidence grows more. Our team breeds off his confidence. We need to get to the point were Dan is the last person we are talking about.”

(On his team be energized after the missed penalty kick…) “I thought we started off with really good energy. We had a few turnovers and at that point our confidence was shaken a bit. After that penalty we were re-energized. It was huge and in this arena with the crowd to be down a goal is a big. To get out of that without giving up a goal is fantastic. It gave the team new energy that helped us get through the first half.”

(On David Lopes making his debut today…) “It was a difficult situation to put him into. In retrospect maybe it wasn’t fair to him. Nate Jaqua had just been subbed in and we thought size for size it was a good idea to get him in on crosses that were coming. It is very difficult as a defender to come in on the second half and match the speed of the game. He played in the reserve game earlier in the week but he looks like he needs some minutes to get up to game speed.”

(On his team only having four shots on goal…) “That is not a concern. It is poor execution. If we are not scoring goals and creating chances then I would be concerned. Today, we had some opportunities in the first half. Our final pass and final run just wasn’t aggressive enough. We are not aggressive in the final third when we have only four shots.”

(On getting a point in a difficult environment…) “Absolutely. At the end of the day given the fact that both teams played well at times, they created more dangerous chances than we did. Given all those facts I can live with one point.

DAN KENNEDY, Chivas USA goalkeeper

(On having a busy day today…) “I think more so in the second half. They stepped [Erik] Friberg up and got a little bit of momentum. Thankfully, they didn’t come with anything that we couldn’t deal with.”

(On the team’s response following the missed PK…) “There will always be little breaks throughout the game that you need. That was one of them. When you’re on the road you sometimes need things to go your way, with the penalty missed that was one of them.”

(On getting a hand on the PK miss…) “We are going to have to look at the replay. I was pumped up on the play and was happy it didn’t hit me and go in. I think if it was on frame I would have had it.”

(On his save in the second half…) “The one off my knee? It was a really well played ball across in a spot where I tried to cut off the cross. Whoever crossed it was able to get it up and over me, which is tough to do and the best that I could do is cover angles and stay big. I didn’t want to commit to anything til I saw the ball, fortunately that was enough.”

(On the play of David Lopes…) “It is really hard to come into a game like that and a stadium like this as a defender and be successful. […] I thought he showed great composure. I think he will continue to get better and the speed of the game will continue to catch up with it more and more.”

* — one-on-one interview

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Scoring Summary:


Chivas USA — Dan Kennedy, Zarek Valentin (David Lopes 73), Michael Umana, Heath Pearce, Ante Jazic, Blair Gavin, Simon Elliott, Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Flores (Laurent Courtois 46), Marcos Mondaini (Justin Braun 23), Alejandro Moreno.

Substitutes Not Used: Paulo Nagamura, Mariano Trujillo, Ben Zemanski, Zach Thornton.

TOTAL SHOTS: 4 (Justin Braun 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Justin Braun 2); FOULS: 12 (4 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Nick LaBrocca 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Laurent Courtois 2); SAVES: 2 (Dan Kennedy 2)

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Alvaro Fernandez, Pat Noonan (Nate Jaqua 69), Fredy Montero (Lamar Neagle 83).

Substitutes Not Used: Servando Carrasco, Mike Fucito, Patrick Ianni, Roger Levesque, Terry Boss.

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Pat Noonan 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Alvaro Fernandez 1, Pat Noonan 1); FOULS: 18 (4 tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 4 (Pat Noonan 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Tyson Wahl 2); SAVES: 3 (Kasey Keller 3)

Misconduct Summary:

SEA — Tyson Wahl (caution; Reckless Tackle) 23

CHV — Nick LaBrocca (caution; Tactical Foul) 34

CHV — Simon Elliott (caution; Tactical Foul) 45

CHV — Ante Jazic (caution; Reckless Tackle) 80

SEA — Erik Friberg (caution; Dissent) 89

Referee: Kevin Stott

Referee’s Assistants: Adam Wienckowski; Jason Cullum

4th Official: Matthew Foerster

Attendance: 36,364

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-64-degrees

All Statistics contained in this box score are unofficial


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