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May 27, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Mauro Rosales: ‘We did everything wrong.’

Here is some postgame reaction from some of the Sounders FC players after Sunday’s 4-0 road loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center…

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(What happened tonight?) “That was the most shameful first half since I’ve been here. Four goals in one half is absolutely unacceptable. We were so bad that we just had a nice friendly in the second half — that’s not possible. We all know that everybody makes mistakes and we have to stay together as a group. It’s not time to point fingers. Everybody is part of the team and we completely got crushed in the first half today.”

(How to you keep a result like this from affecting confidence and lingering into the next games?) “Maybe it’s good that we are on the road now and we have to be together. We have the U.S. Open Cup game on Wednesday and then we have Chivas again here. If there is a good timing, maybe it’s now, because we have to stay together and we have to figure it out. I think we showed at least a reaction in the second half. We showed a little character in the second half. I don’t think that self confidence will be damaged because of this.”

MAURO ROSALES, midfielder

(On the game…) “We have to come back to our form, to our rhythm that we have in the past games. Today, the first half was really a disaster what we did. We have to try to move forward. Obviously it’s a tough result, but the team has enough experience to step up in the next game and try to do our best.”

(On moving forward…) “We have to forget about what we did tonight. Today we did everything wrong. We have (to get back to) what we did the past few weeks, where we had the good rhythm of games and we were winning. This is the way we have to play. Not today. Not the first half. Obviously also in the second half we didn’t control the game either, but at least we were more together as a group. We faced the second half with a different mentality. I think this mentality has to come in the first half, before the goals and before we get upset about what we did tonight.”

SHALRIE JOSEPH, midfielder*

(What happened on the red card?) “The guy took a heavy touch and I just stepped in for the tackle. Once he was clearing the ball he was swinging and I went in with my body to make sure I got the ball, a piece of him and everything. The referee saw it as a red card, but he had a terrible game, so I wasn’t surprised at all he gave me a red card.”

(What happened tonight after you guys had been playing so well?) “We came out too lackadaisical and not enough effort at the start of the whistle. We allowed them to get on top of us and we were just in a hole. We didn’t defend well as a team and we gave away too many easy balls. We just didn’t play well at all.”

(Do you this group can put this behind it and move on? Or might there be some lasting affect from a performance like this?) “We’ve got enough guys that know the game and realize that we have to put this one behind us. We got knocked on the chin a little bit tonight, and it’s just going to test our character a little bit. We’re going to be ready to play next weekend and make sure that we get three points. It’s one of those games where you just have to put it behind you and look forward to the next one, but the referee didn’t do us any justice by giving a terrible PK call. Some of the calls just didn’t our way tonight, but we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and pick ourselves up and be ready for the next one.”

(Were you looking forward to playing Chivas personally?) “Yeah. I look forward to every game. Definitely I was looking forward to playing them. Right now it’s trying to keep my frustration level under control and making sure I stay positive. We’ve got a long season ahead of us and make sure we pick up everybody from this terrible loss and look forward to the next one.”

* — exclusive interview


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