We had experienced soccer writer Scott French cover Saturday’s Sounders FC game for us down in Los Angeles. He was kind enough to pass along some extra notes from his reporting.
* * *
— Osvaldo Alonso said there was no contact with his injury, he just felt a twinge in his quad: “Disappointed, you know? I come back from my groin injury and start playing and feel my quad again. I’m very disappointed, but it is what it is. I have to look forward and be ready for next game if I can.”
— Coach Sigi Schmid gave indications that Sounders might play it cautious with Alonso these next few weeks, however, particularly with a June 8 home game against the Whitecaps. “He generally recovers fairly quickly,” Schmid said of Alonso. “Whether he’ll be able to recover within a week, though, I’m not sure. After the Vancouver game, we don’t play again until the 22nd, so we want to be smart and not push him out there, make sure he’s fully healed.”
— Schmid added: “It’s a different injury than the injury he had going into the game, so we’ll have to see.”
— Mauro Rosales offered his thoughts on a cross that turned into a stunning own goal: “Yeah, that was very strange. I was looking for the second-post guy coming around, but it was a Chivas guy. I didn’t know it was going to be like that, but it helped the team. … It was good to control the game and it was good to be where we were in that game. Getting the goals in the first minutes was very good.”
— And here is Rosales on Obafemi Martins‘ red card: “He was trying to get over the guy. Accidentally, he touched him, but I think it was too bad for [Martins], because he didn’t mean to hurt somebody. We’re losing another important player for us, and that is the bad thing we got from the game. … All the time, losing players. We have already five red cards, but in that one, I [don’t] agree. … I think [there was] another tackle, bad tackles to punish the red card, but not that one.”
— Referee Ricardo Salazar did not answer questions about the red card apparently for clerical reasons. Chivas USA had not turned in the paper with the list of pool reporters (one plus two alternates), so Salazar refused to speak.