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September 24, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Sounders FC 3, Whitecaps FC 1, postgame quotes and stats

vancouver cascadia.jpgPhoto credit: Geoff Howe, AP

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SIGI SCHMID, Sounders FC head coach

(Opening statement…) “It was a hard-fought game. I thought Vancouver played very well, came out and played with a lot of energy, definitely kept us back on our heels, created some good chances and got on top. After that I thought we caught a little bit of a better rhythm. In the last 20 minutes of the first half I thought we started to find our game a little bit and then in the second half I thought we found our game a little bit more. It was definitely a hard-fought game tonight, it wasn’t simple, and hats off to Vancouver. I thought they played very well.”

(On Montero’s two-goal performance…) “The first goal I thought was a good goal. I thought he was going to shoot it before he cut it back, but then he cut it back and hit it — little bit similar to the goal he got against Salt Lake, but the ball wasn’t in the air, with sort of the way he wiggled through there. Second one was a good look it was a good time to hit the ball. It was fortunate a little bit with the deflection, but he did well with it. Goal-scorers get streaky and he’s been good the last six to seven games. He’s come through and a scored a lot of goals. He’s a special player and makes special plays. Tonight he did that.”

(What’d you think of the atmosphere and what was it like to hold that trophy up in front of your fans?) “Atmosphere was great. I think we had more than our allotted 500 here. I thought the Sounders fans were great in terms of their support. It was a great feeling being able to hold the Cup up in front of them and having them be so involved. I don’t know what the top-of-the-line favorite beverage is here in Vancouver, but I’m sure it’ll be filling the Cup tonight.”

(On Keller’s six-save performance…) “Huge. He came up big, made the big save early on that really kept us in the game when they broke through. I didn’t think there was much he could do about the goal. Kasey’s so clean. He holds onto things, things that other goalkeepers sometimes bobble or give up a little bit of a rebound and give up a little encouragement or life to the opponent. Kasey doesn’t do that. He was big. He came up big for us tonight, again.”

(On getting rare success at the PK spot…) “Every time Brad Evans is on the field we generally score our penalties. I think he’s 3 for 3 now. Brad makes up his mind, he hits it hard and hits it well. It’s important. If we could’ve had those other (ones) back that we missed, we’d be sitting here with a few more points. But overall we take what we give. It was a deserved penalty and he finished it well.”

(On tying quickly after giving up the lead…) “Hugely important. It was off a good combination and a good play. Obviously Cannon came up the save, he blocked it there and it floated out to Flaco. He hit and good shot and then the hand-ball occurred. To equalize before halftime is important. I think this is the fifth time we’ve come back from a goal down. That shows a lot belief within the group and a lot of internal fortitude.”

(Did the CCL game Tuesday affect lineup decisions?) “We’re trying to take them one game at a time. There was certain talk on the bench of, ‘Let’s take this guy out and rest. And let’s rest this guy,’ and my feeling was let’s get tonight’s win and then we’ll start worrying about Tuesday in about 10 minutes. Obviously we have some tired bodies. We’re hoping a couple guys who are back in Seattle and injured, like Erik Friberg and maybe Roger Levesque will be able to go by the time we get to Guatemala. Obviously Fucito we held out tonight. He’s very close to being 100-percent again. Having those available gives us a little more choice, but the guys are going to have to suck it up for Tuesday because we want to get a result in Guatemala to advance.”

(On guys like Jaqua, Estrada, Ochoa getting time…) “Obviously the opportunities get created because there are some injuries but they earned it. I thought Jaqua had a difficult first 20 minutes. After that I thought he caught more of the rhythm of the game and did a better job of holding it up for us there. Estrada did what I needed him to do, provide some energy out there. I thought Sammy Ochoa came in and did well in terms of holding the ball up. He was unlucky not to get his first goal tonight and that’s what we want from him and what we expect from him. We’re a team … and everybody’s got to contribute at different moments.”

BRAD EVANS, Sounders FC midfielder

(On the win…) “It was huge. At the end of the game seeing at least half the stadium was our fans — that was awesome to see. Wherever we go, we get support. For us to win it here is special. We’d like to lock it down a little bit earlier, but it’s a great result for us. First trophy of the year.”

(On your goal…) “It was an important time to get a goal. It was obviously a hand-ball and could’ve been a red card, too. It’s a goal-saving tackle with his hand and the ball’s going into the back of the net. Just went bottom right. I saw Joe go to the sideline before; I think he was asking which way I go. I’ve gone right and I’ve gone left. I just stuck with the way I always go and I was fortunate that it went in the back of the net.”

(On Vancouver…) “They started great. We knew it was a team that you can’t underestimate. We talked about it this whole week, that it’s not a team that plays like they’re in last place. It’s a team that plays great football, it’s an attacking style. Then when we saw they were going to start Jarju up front then it was like, ‘OK, they’re going to throw everything they can at us in the beginning and get us on the ropes,’ which they did. We had a little bit of trouble with what they were throwing forward. They were finding too much space. Once we sorted that out after the goal, we had numerous amount of chances before the half. If we put a couple of those away it goes a different way, but Fredy had two good strikes and puts it away.”

(On Keller…) “He yells at us and screams at us, but we want nobody else behind us because when the game asks for that one or two saves to keep us in it, he’s come up huge on so many occasions. That’s what he does. We can shore up things a little bit better at the end of games. It seems like towards the end of some games this year we’ve kind of almost (given) it away a little bit. We’ve got to find a way to keep the ball in the 90th minute, get the corners, play it out of bounds, waste time — we’ve got to do a better job of that and put ourselves in a better position.”

(On Montero…) “(He’s) a streaky player and when he does catch fire it’s like he can score three or four goals a game no problem, and you saw that tonight. We had so many good chances. He loves scoring goals. It’s his favorite thing in the world and you see how he reacts to any goal, whether it’s a deflection or a tap in, it’s the same reaction after every goal. That’s what goal-scorers do. That’s why he’s here … and he’s getting hot at the right time.”

FREDY MONTERO, Sounders FC forward

(On the win…) “It’s very important for us. We did a great job out there. We feel happy about that. We got the trophy, one more, and … I’m looking forward to the playoffs.”

(On the first goal…) “Nate Jaqua was fighting (for the ball) and I got the rebound. I faked one time and shot with my left foot to the far post. Fortunately for me that was a great goal.”

(And the second?) “The second one I had a little luck because I shot and I touched the defender with the ball and it was in the net.”

(How special it is to score against a rival?) “Very, very special. I feel very good for those people who come from Seattle to Vancouver to support us. I just want to say thanks to the fans for their support. We look forward to battle for them every single game out there.”

KASEY KELLER, Sounders FC goalkeeper

(On the game…) “We go a goal down — we went a goal down in Portland — and then the team showed a lot of resolve that when we do go a goal down there’s no panic. We know we’ve been able to come back in games. Sure the third goal had a huge amount of luck on it, but it’s hard because Vancouver’s not as bad a team as their record shows. They played some really good stuff today. A different day it could’ve been a different result. I’m proud of the guys, like I said, we came back we got the couple goals and we hung on there at the end. A good day for all the Seattle fans who traveled up; it’ll be a nice boarder crossing either tonight or tomorrow.”

(On equalizing before halftime…) “Yeah, that’s always important. It’s always great when you go a goal down that you can get that goal back as soon as possible. Maybe it took 10-15 minutes, but we’ve had out difficulties putting away penalties this season so it was nice to see Brad slot that home.”

(On Vancouver…) “They created plenty. Like I said on a different day we could’ve been on the end of the number, but we made some tackles, they missed some chances, I made a couple saves, then you hit them with two quick goals in the second half. Like I said, one extremely fortunate, but the first one was a great finish by Fredy. Just a group of guys keeping the ball in their half and stuff happens. Vancouver’s a better team and have played better than their results have showed and we knew we were in for a difficult game today and they obviously proved that the first 20 minutes. If some of our guys didn’t know they were in a game, they sure found out quickly.”

(On the fans…) “Fantastic support (from those) who came up all throughout the stadium. Obviously you had the one big section, but just like in Portland, you had pockets of Seattle fans everywhere. It shows a lot of credit. The rivalry is huge for MLS. This is great for soccer in America and I’m just so proud that I’ve been able to be a part of it at this stage of my career.”

TOM SOEHN, Whitecaps FC head coach

(Thoughts on the match…) “We’re very disappointed. I said before the game, this is more than just a game. There was so much at stake with the rivalry with Seattle. We wanted to send out fans something special and we just slipped today, especially because of the opportunities there was for us in the game”.

(On strikers…) “We started the game out well, but we didn’t hold the ball up well enough. Both guys had opportunities and you expect those guys to finish those. After half, Eric did a much better job holding the ball up.”

(On the penalty…) “Jay was protecting himself, it hit him in the arm, they are called sometimes and sometimes they are not, but the ref called it so it was a PK”.

(On the quality of his team’s finishing…) “The game could have been 8-8, and that’s not what you want in a derby match like that. You want to have a game that is shored up defensively. We didn’t want to open up and that’s exactly what we did.

JAY DEMERIT, Whitecaps FC defender

(Thoughts on the match…) “To start the way we did and let that flip….the inconsistently we have been showing all season and we thought coming into it that we wanted more and we didn’t get it.”

(On bad luck during the match on first and third goals…) “It’s always disappointing when a ball deflects off your foot, and then when you get a hand ball, but sometimes those are things that you can’t control.”

(On the crowd…) “It was great. I don’t mind opposition fans. I think it creates a better atmosphere all around. Seattle has great fans, no bones about it. Every fan can look to create the energy and passion from them, it’s fantastic. But I thought our fans gave the same tonight. We created our own atmosphere to counteract them. I haven’t heard that much noise coming from the stadium all season.”

(On why they were beaten…) “I think mainly it comes from game management. Just the recognition to know when to see out a half, when to start well, when we need energy, when we need to slow it down, we haven’t been able to figure that out this season. We had to do a lot of last ditch defending, and it looks good from a fans perspective, but that isn’t the way soccer is meant to be played. Nobody said this season was going to be easy but its game like this where you have to look at yourself hard, so we need to continue to work”.

PETER VAGENAS, Whitecaps FC midfielder

(On the match…) “Games are won and lost in the penalty box. We had clear cut chances that we failed to convert, they had half chances that they converted. That’s the difference from a team that is at the top of the table and a team that is at the bottom. I don’t have answers; all I know to do is just continue to fight. We have to fight.”

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SOUNDERS FC 3, WHITECAPS FC 1

Scoring Summary:

VAN — Camilo 9 (Davide Chiumiento 9, Peter Vagenas 1) 22

SEA — Brad Evans 5 (PK) 32

SEA — Fredy Montero 8 (unassisted) 63

SEA — Fredy Montero 9 (unassisted) 67

Vancouver Whitecaps — Joe Cannon, Jonathan Leathers (Jeb Brovsky 46), Jay DeMeric, Michael Boxall, Jordan Harvey, Davide Chiumiento, Gershon Koffie, Peter Vagenas, Camilo, Eric Hassli (Long Tan 81), Mustapha Jarju (Shea Salinas 58).

Substitutes Not Used: Philippe Davies, Greg Janicki, Omar Salgado, Jay Nolly.

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Mustapha Jarju 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Camilo 2); FOULS: 15 (Eric Hassli 5); OFFSIDES: 1 (Hassli 1); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Camilo 7); SAVES: 5 (Joe Cannon 5)

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Alvaro Fernandez (David Estrada 79, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle, Nate Jaqua (Sammy Ochoa 66), Fedy Montero.

Substitutes Not Used: Servando Carrasco, Mike Fucito, Patrick Ianni, Michael Tetteh, Josh Ford.

TOTAL SHOTS: 21 (Fredy Montero 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Fredy Montero 5); FOULS: 9 (Nate Jaqua 2, Fredy Montero 2, Jeff Parke 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Fredy Montero 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Fredy Montero 4); SAVES: 6 (Kasey Keller 6)

Misconduct Summary:

SEA — Brad Evans (caution; dissent) 30

VAN — Jay DeMerit (caution; hand) 32

VAN — Eric Hassli (caution; reckless foul) 70

SEA — Jeff Parke (caution; reckless foul) 37

Referee: Jair Maruffo

Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Frank Anderson

4th Official: Paul Ward

Attendance: 21,000

Time of Game: 1:50

Weather: Cloudy-and-68-degrees

*All stats are unofficial*

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