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October 18, 2011 at 11:14 PM

CF Monterrey 2, Sounders FC 1, CCL quotes and stats

levesque monterrey home.jpgPhoto credit: Ted S. Warren, AP

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SIGI SCHMID, Sounders FC head coach

(Opening comments…) “I thought for the most part the game was a pretty even game. I thought we had some chances to score and didn’t take advantage of them. And I thought we gave up two soft goals. I think they’re a good team. I think they move the ball around. I think they were content early in the second half to maybe even play to a draw. The first goal was a bad play from our backs in terms of playing offside that early in the game, which is something we tell them not to do. The second goal was a giveaway; we had the assist. … You can’t give up soft goals because you aren’t always going to be able to resurrect yourself and score goals at the end of the game and win.”

(On Bryan Meredith…) “I thought Meredith played well for a guy in his first game, and this was a fairly big game. I thought he was composed. I didn’t think he could do much on either goal. Maybe on the second goal he could have stood a little bit longer. That will come with experience, but I thought his feet were good, his composure was good, he came out and collected crosses — so I thought he was fine. (Kasey Keller) had an emotional game Saturday and we felt it was best not to come with him today.”

(On seeding in the quarterfinal round…) “It matters in terms of the pairings because most of the group winners are going to be Mexican teams, so the chances are that you’re going to match up with a Mexican team. That makes the task a little bit harder then if you were to come out at the other end. Toronto still has a chance to win their group, an outside chance. L.A. has a chance to win their group because of the result tonight. Maybe then, who knows how the draw turns out? It was something we wanted to do, but also wanted to be smart and not put ourselves in jeopardy for the next round — and also for the MLS Cup — with players who had knocks or injuries like Leo Gonzalez or (Brad) Evans, who’s been out for a while and logged a lot of minutes. That was one of reasons we took Jeff Parke off the field. He had a yellow going in. We lost Zach Scott (for the first leg of the quarterfinals) because of his yellow and I didn’t want another center back to pick up his second yellow.”

(On Fredy Montero receiving captain’s armband…) “Fredy has done well. Kasey is our captain and he wasn’t in there. Evans is a guy I gave the armband to when Kasey isn’t in there. We just felt that Fredy was a guy who deserved it. He has been playing well, he’s been leading the team with his effort and his performance and we felt it was the appropriate thing to do. ”

(On Montero’s offensive improvements…) “It was a good goal. He works on his free kicks. That’s something we really concentrated on this year. He’s scored a few free kicks and that’s added to his goal-scoring total. He’s grown, he’s matured, he understands the physicality of the game now and he has sped up his play, as well. He’s a player that continues to grow and mature. He has great vision and great skills. Sometimes he tries so hard to try to do something, people say, ‘Well, if he could play it a little simpler…’ but that’s part of his game. He’s a player who can pull some things off like that and he needs the opportunities to do that.”

(On Sammy Ochoa’s play…) “I thought Ochoa did well. I think Ochoa gives us some of the things that O’Brian White gave us earlier in the year. He’s a bigger body. He’s pretty good at getting up for headers up front, as well. I know he wishes he had that cross back that Tyson swung in and the header he had. I think Sammy has done well for us.”

(On moving forward…) “They know now that we can concentrate on one thing, but I’m not happy with the goals we gave up and they heard that as well.”

BRIAN MEREDITH, Sounders FC goalkeeper

(On his first start…) “Three minutes into the game, seeing that first shot, giving up a goal, definitely not the way I want to start the game and my MLS career. After that I settled down a little bit; it got the nerves out of me really. I felt pretty confident the whole rest of the game. The second goal was tough. They kind of intercepted a bad pass, not really much we could do. And we couldn’t put away our chances. We had enough of them. We just couldn’t put them away.”

(And Monterrey’s not exactly Laredo Heat…) “(laughs) No, they play very similarly though. But yeah, we kind of just gave it away to them. It was tough.”

(On when he learned he would start…) “Yesterday before practice, so not much time.”

(On if he suspected he would start…) “Yeah, but you never know. I was hoping I would, but I didn’t want to count my chickens before they hatched. I’m thankful for the start and I think I played alright, but there’s definitely a lot to improve on.”

(On if he had to get himself back into the game after the goal…) “Not really. You’re going to give up goals as a goalkeeper. To get one out of the way that early, it was tough obviously, but it kind of shook the nerves right out of me. After that I felt fine.”

JEFF PARKE, Sounders FC defender

(On mistakes that led to goals…) “We definitely gave them the game tonight. There were some mistakes that we shouldn’t make. We have to move on now and forget about this game because it’s more important now that we’re going into the playoffs on a high and try to limit our mistakes.”

(How’d you feel in your first game back in a while?) “Good. It’s like any other game. You just have to get back into it and get the rust off a little bit and get in the flow of the game. It wasn’t a good game for me tonight, but hopefully the next game we can move on and do better as a group.”

(On if it’s a relief that the team can focus on the MLS Cup…) “I hadn’t really thought about it as much, but now that you’re saying it, it definitely is. We can concentrate on just the games left and this weekend in LA, and the playoffs coming up. We’ll see who we play and gear up for them, and that’s the most important thing. That’s all we have left, so hopefully we can get a better chance earlier than later to see who we play, and we can start with them.”

(On the difference between having Kasey Keller in goal and a rookie in first start…) “It’s big, but you’re talking about one of the best goalies that’s ever played in the U.S. and to represent the U.S., so it’s tough to compare. It’s his first game out there with us and I thought he did a good job. I can’t really compare them because it wouldn’t be fair to him. It was his fist game and there’s definitely things you learn from it and you move on from it and you look at it and see what you could have done better and what you could have done to help the team. All in all, we put him in bad spots tonight. None of it was his fault. As for the guys in the back, as a group we did all right. We made two bad mistakes that cost us the game.”

(What about Meredith impressed you?) “He’s calm back there. He doesn’t really shake or quiver when he gets the ball at his feet. He’s pretty confident. He’s strong, bid lad out there. There’s definitely a lot of room for him to grow.”

SAMMY OCHOA, Sounders FC forward

(On the blow to his head…) “I think it was an elbow, it doesn’t hurt. Everybody says it was an elbow. I didn’t see it. I thought it was his head, but I guess it was an elbow.”

(On how he felt in his first start…) “I felt good. I was happy to get the start. We didn’t get the win, but we felt like we did better than the other team. We just weren’t lucky in our finishing and they had two lucky goals.”

(On if he feels they’re on par with Mexican teams…) “Yeah. I played in Mexico five years and all those Mexican teams think that MLS teams are not as good. … They’re thinking twice about playing MLS teams now because MLS is getting a lot bigger and a lot better. We faced like them like they were any other team. It wasn’t something special. We just came out how we did against San Jose.”

(On focusing on one goal…) “Yeah, it’s good. It’s good to focus now on MLS. We have one more game and then we got playoffs. And now we don’t play during the week and that’s good so guys that are hurt can come back and work on the playoffs.”

VICTOR VUCETICH, Monterrey head coach (via translator)

(Opening comments…) “We knew it was a very important match for both teams. A tie would have given the opposition the first spot. That interested us because we can play the second leg (in the quarterfinals) at home. The match was very even, very well fought, particularly in the midfield. Monterrey (showed) resolve to get the result in this important game.”

(On Orozco injury…) “It’s too early to talk about the injury. It’s hard to draw a conclusion. Hopefully there will be time enough for him to be fit.”

(On playing Seattle again…) “This is the fourth match that we’ve played against the Sounders. The team caused a great impression. We know it’s a great team that plays well together. The game was even and well disputed from the beginning to the end, like the previous games. A great game for the teams.”

(On next round…) “Certainly every win motivates a lot, particularly because we are facing The Classic. The resolve and determination demonstrated tonight will certainly be positive for the next few games.”

(On player substitutions from last game against Seattle…) “There were three or four changes from the last game. Neri Cardozo, Walter Ayovi, Sergio Perez, Miguel Morales, Luis Perez. Five changes from the last game.”

(On Suazo and Santana playing together…) “The team has been playing together for some time. We know each other well and that gives us options. We try to always keep four players playing ahead in any sector of the pitch. … The midfielders and defenders faced off quite a number of times. We knew that we could not retract and expect that based on individual talent, someone could make a difference.”

(On Sounders player that called attention…) “A number of them, not just from this match, but from (past games) and the statistics. For example, Montero is always very dangerous. Alonso can be very dynamic. Riley marked very well and has tremendous speed and can support the attack very well. Maybe I’m missing a few other names, but definitely a strong roster that plays well as a team and has individual talents as well.”

(On The Classic…) “All of us who take part in Mexican futbal understand the importance of The Classic. The derby is not only about the three points. It’s also about the pride. For that we have to go with maximum concentration and maximum preparation. What this represents to the city is very important. The two Monterrey teams call a lot of attention and focus of the city and they make The Classic very interesting and very important.”

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CF MONTERREY 2, SOUNDERS FC 1

Scoring Summary:

MTR — Dario Carreno (Humberto Suazo) 3

SEA — Fredy Montero (unassisted) 42

MTR — Cesar Delgado (unassisted) 61

CF Monterrey — Jonathan Orozco (Juan de Dios Ibarra 73), Severo Meza, Ricardo Osorio, Miguel Morales, Jose Basanta, Luis Perez, Cesar Delgado (Neri Cardozo 80), Sergio Perez, Dario Carreno, Sergio Santana, Humberto Suazo.

Substitutes Not Used: Walter Ayovi, William Paredes, Jesus Corona, Cesar De La Pena, Marcelo Cazubon.

TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Humberto Suazo 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 tied with 1); FOULS: 10 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 5 (Sergio Santana 2, Dario Carreno 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Humberto Suazo 3); SAVES: 5 (Jonathan Orozco 4)

Seattle Sounders — Bryan Meredith, James Riley, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke (Patrick Ianni 67), Tyson Wahl, David Estrada (Lamar Neagle 79), Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Roger Levesque, Fredy Montero, Sammy Ochoa (Mike Fucito 74).

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Pat Noonan, Kasey Keller.

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Fredy Montero 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Fredy Montero 2, Sammy Ochoa 2); FOULS: 14 (Fredy Montero 3, Zach Scott 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Sammy Ochoa 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (4 tied with 1); SAVES: 1 (Bryan Meredith 1)

Misconduct Summary:

MTR — Luis Perez (caution; Reckless Foul) 41

SEA — Zach Scott (caution; Reckless Foul) 58

MTR — Severo Meza (caution; Delaying a Restart) 75

MTR — Humberto Suazo (caution; Delaying a Restart) 82

MTR — Miguel Morales (caution; Delaying a Restart) 94+

Referee: Enrico Winjgaarde

Referee’s Assistants: Ramon Louisville; Egberth Paesch

4th Official: Rudolph Angela

Attendance: 15,866

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-58-degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.

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