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July 7, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Sounders FC’s Lamar Neagle: ‘It’s all about the result in the end, and we didn’t get it.’

Vancouver forward Kenny Miller collects a pass en route to his game-opening goal. Photo credit: Darryl Dyck, AP

Vancouver forward Kenny Miller collects a pass en route to his game-opening goal. Photo credit: Darryl Dyck, AP

Here are some quotes I gathered from Sounders FC’s 2-0 road loss Saturday at Vancouver, along with some team-provided quotes.

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SIGI SCHMID, Sounders FC head coach

(Opening comments…) “Soccer is a funny game. I didn’t think we played real well on Wednesday and we won the game, 2-0. Tonight I thought we played really well, especially through the first 60 minutes I thought we were the dominant team. We gave up a goal early — credit to them for finishing that. We had opportunities; we should’ve finished some of those opportunities. Knighton came up with some big saves for them in goal to keep them in it. Then obviously in the last 10 minutes of the game we’re pushing forward trying to get it, and that’s probably when they got the majority of their shots, at that point on. But I’m not displeased with what we created and how we played.”

(Was that the best GK performance against you this year?) “Yeah, probably. You always remember the last one, so this is the one obviously that we’ll remember, but our finishing needed to be a little bit sharper, then we don’t make the goalkeeper look as good.”

(How much do you put on Knighton and how much do you put on yourselves?) “He came up with some big saves. He reacted well to the one off the corner from Zach. He got his toe on the other one, so he gets to that, so credit to him.”

(What went into the decisions on Alonso and Yedlin…) “We didn’t think Alonso was quite ready, so our feeling with Alonso was to make sure that he’s 100 percent ready. We think that will be the case next week. Yedlin, we didn’t feel he could go much beyond 60, so we decided just to bring him off the bench. Little bit for me as a coach, one of my beliefs always is that you don’t change your back four in a tight game. I sort of went against my own principle and we took a goal right away from that, so I’ve got to stick with my principles.”

(How do you think Joseph did?) “I thought he did all right. I thought we played all right. It was almost a situation where sometimes you feel you need to make a change in a game, maybe we weren’t creating as many chances in that 60- to 70-minute mark, but on the whole we were still carrying the game, we were still creating chances, so there were probably really wasn’t a necessity to change. From that standpoint, we maybe disrupted our rhythm a little bit.”

(Was Rosales not starting because of the short turnaround?) “Yeah, just short rest. He had played the last game, and we felt Lamar was ready to go.”

(On not being able to come back again against Vancouver having done so several times…) “Even at 2-0 we felt we’d be capable of coming back. For sure at 1-0 we felt we could come back — even at (2-0) we felt we were capable of coming back — but all good things come to an end, so obviously it came to an end today.”

(What needs to get better this next week?) “Just got to finish better. We’ve got to be able to get those chances that we create and finish. I thought we had some good combination play up front. I thought we put ourselves in some very dangerous spots. The quality of our crossing still needs to be better. I think there were some good situations we put ourselves in and crossing situations and we didn’t complete that final pass. That’s something we have to get back to, as well.”

(How did you feel about the play of your forwards?) “I was happy. As I said, I was happy with our play overall. I thought our play was much better today. … We just didn’t get the goals.”

LAMAR NEAGLE, Sounders FC midfielder

(What do you make of the game after so many missed chances?) “It’s one of those games. We have a bunch of chances and they literally have one chance at the beginning and finish it. I had six or seven chances alone and I can’t finish. It’s just one of those games.”

(Anything to take from being able to create so much?) “Yeah, you do. I mean we had good buildup play, but if you can’t finish, it doesn’t matter how good you play. It’s all about the result in the end, and we didn’t get it. It’s very disappointing for us.”

(Do you tip your cap to the goalkeeper at any point?) “He did a good job, but we still had way too many chances to not score one goal. He did well. He had a good game, came out and pressured us at the right times. I had at least two chances, clear chances that I should’ve definitely scored.”

(Are the chances coming to you in different spots on the field playing more as a wide midfielder now instead of forward?) “A little bit, but you still have to have the same mentality. When you’re just out of form, man, it’s very frustrating. That’s what it seems like right now.”

SHALRIE JOSEPH, Sounders FC midfielder

(On the team’s performance and the result…) “That’s a heartbreaking feeling not being able to get the result that we deserved. We definitely played better than we have been in the last couple of games. At the end of the day, we still lost. We created chances. We got our attacking guys, creative guys on the ball, got them shots on goal. We just weren’t able to finish them. Next week I’m sure we’ll do better with those chances if we get them again.”

(On Sounders FC creating chances…) “The guys were getting me the ball in the attacking spots. I always look to get everybody involved and try to create chances. With Eddie and Oba [Obafemi Martins] you just got to slide them in and play their feet and they’re so comfortable on the ball, once you get them the ball, they’ll score, they’ll get a shot on goal; I expect better from them next week. Hopefully we can keep playing like we did tonight but get results at the end of the day.”

(On the team’s current form…) “The team’s playing great. At the end of the day you got to win games like that. If we put away those chances in the first half, it’s a different story.”

BRAD EVANS, Sounders FC midfielder and captain

(What did you make of the game?) “I think you look back from everybody’s end and I think you just kick yourself and say, ‘This game is all about finishing chances.’ That comes from everybody. I think everybody had a chance tonight, whether it was Zach Scott in the first half to the forwards. It’s on nobody’s back but ourselves. You can’t put it on one thing, the only thing that sticks out is not finishing our chances, but then we give up two soft goals, as well. Maybe you look back and got to tighten things up a little bit, because both balls were just high looping balls. There wasn’t clearance, we weren’t challenging for the balls properly. In that situation, it’s just better to take a foul maybe and move on from there — just a little bit of savviness in the beginning of the game. It’s almost like the opposite of the Salt Lake game, you know? The Salt Lake game we get scored on right before half and right after half. This is five minutes into game and late in the game, so you see both sides of it. That’s why it’s a great sport and that’s why it’s one of the worst sports, just that feeling that you get when you come in the locker room where you thought you did everything you could and just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”

(How do you think Knighton did?) “Yeah, he had some good saves. A couple where he kept them in the game, a couple were routine saves. Credit to him. I thought he did well tonight.”

(Wearing the armband a special feeling tonight?) “Yeah, that’s always special — putting the armband on. I wish it was a better performance. Hopefully in the future I get to do it again.”

(Will playing 100 games for the Sounders be special to you? You reached 99 tonight…) “Oh really? Didn’t know that. Obviously that’s special, even though I didn’t know that. … That’s great to be at a club for so long and to be able to play is No. 1. So wherever I find myself, I find myself, but 100 games, that’s one of those little notches that will be special.”

(On what more Seattle could’ve done to win the match…) “We couldn’t have created any more chances. We had the chances, we just didn’t finish them, so bottom line is finish your chances but also keep it tight in the defence. Two bouncing balls cost us the game. We got scored on early, now you’re chasing; push guys forward and get scored on late, that’s the difficult part of it.”

(On his side’s strategy…) “If you look at our chances, it’s the most we’ve created all season. We had a game plan and I thought we stuck to it well. With their team, they have very good players and players that have played at the highest level. At the end of the day, it’ll be those two long balls that stick out. Do we have to be a little more cautious and let them build? I don’t think we want to let them build because their players are so skilled in the midfield and they caught us twice so that’s the price that we pay.”

HEAD COACH MARTIN RENNIE:

Thoughts on the historic win:

“What an exciting game it was and exciting night.  As soon as I came out for the start of the game, the stadium was already filled with atmosphere. I’ve never seen anything like it in BC Place. The players responded really well to it.  I’m really pleased for them to get that result tonight. It’s been disappointing for us not have beaten Seattle until now, but we’ve been playing really well recently, been getting good results scoring goals and tonight we defended well. And I think Brad Knighton came out with a couple big, really important saves that were crucial in the game…We got the goal from Darren that really sealed the game for us. We were quite comfortable in the end, so it was a huge win and it was one we really wanted to give to our fans.”

On the importance of this win for the club:

“Driving through Vancouver, [seeing] all the Whitecaps shirts throughout the place, you could tell what this club is really starting to mean to people here, and it’s in people’s hearts. So I think a win like that tonight, against a rival, is significant and I think it’s a big win for the club.”

On the confidence the team is showing:

“We’re building a team and I keep trying to say that it takes time. But I feel like, now we’re at a point where players are starting to realize that they’re good players on a very good team and we can compete with anyone. And we’re playing with much more confidence and we’re going forward more and creating more chances, being more dangerous. When you’re a threat to score goals that helps you defend as well… I think that 6 wins in our last 9 games, 2 ties in those games, you know including tonight…our next games are at home, so we’re playing with confidence, we’re in good form and we really need to keep working at it and keep getting better.”

On Brad Knighton keeping the number one ‘keeper spot:

“If Brad’s playing [well], he’s going to be in goal and that was one of the best performances I’ve seen from him. Tonight was – I’ve coached him for a few years now – and I thought tonight he was fantastic…These last few games he’s really grown as a goalkeeper and become much more aggressive, he’s come off his line much more quickly, shutting down the angles far faster. And again tonight he was a very important player…He knows there’s competition for that place, so it brings the best out in everybody.”

On Kenny Miller’s attacking style & Hertzog’s assist:

“He’s a top player, he’s played at the highest level and he’s scored a lot of goals in his career. He’s highly regarded by many people who are coaching and playing at the highest level…His ability to move in the box is something that he brings to our team, and I think in the last couple of games we’ve seen how big a difference he can make.”

On Darren Mattocks’ performance tonight:

“You saw once he came on…he scored a great goal. So that was very encouraging for him and he worked extremely hard to close people down, which is a big part of playing in our team.”

GOALKEEPER BRAD KNIGHTON:

Thoughts on the result:

“Obviously we’ve been waiting for that win for a long time here in Vancouver. It’s just another step in the right direction for us. I don’t care about the shutout, just as long as we win. That’s what I’m here for is to make saves, get points, and move up the table and I hope I can continue to do that.”

Thoughts on his performance:

“That’s the best game I’ve ever played, by far, hands down. I’m motivated every game, I don’t want to be dropped from a team. It’s my job to put in performances like that to make him (Rennie) think twice about taking me out of the lineup. It’s been nice to have him (David Ousted) here because it’s going to push me and make me better and that’s what you want in any position. You want the competition in every spot and bringing David here is going to do that. What you’ve seen from the two weeks that he’s been here is that it’s changed my mentality and this is probably the best I’ve ever played.”

STRIKER DARREN MATTOCKS:

On his second half cameo:

 “Coming on in the second half the appreciation from the fans was amazing so I felt really good scoring a goal. Scoring a second goal really eased the pressure on the team so it’s nice to get the three points against them for the first time in the club’s history, it’s a real boost.”

Thoughts on his goal:

“I saw Brad make a really long punt and Gersh put a flick on and there’s no one in this league who is going to catch me so when I saw the opportunity I just put it over his hands and in the back of the net.”

STRIKER KENNY MILLER:

Thoughts on the win:

“Obviously it’s massive and it’s been a long time coming. I’m delighted for the players, coaches, and fans, more importantly it puts us three [more] points ahead of Seattle and hopefully cements us in a playoff position. The start of a derby game can always be a bit hectic so it does settle us down a little bit when we went ahead right away. Seattle’s a good team, and they’re going to have opportunities with the likes of Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins up front but the fact we’ve kept them at bay today is a real plus for us.”

Thoughts on Darren Mattocks’ performance:

“I’m delighted for him, it’s been a hard few months for him and obviously he’s found himself out of the team and after the season he’s had last year he expected it to be different for him. We’ve seen flashes throughout the season of what Darren can bring and the electric pace that he’s got allowed him to have multiple chances tonight. Hopefully that will kick him on and we can see the best of him this year.”

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WHITECAPS FC 2, SOUNDERS FC 0

Scoring Summary:

VAN – Kenny Miller (Corey Hertzog) 4′
VAN – Darren Mattocks (Gershon Koffie, Brad Knighton) 79′

Seattle Sounders FC – Michael Gspurning, DeAndre Yedlin, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Djimi Traore, Leo Gonzalez (DeAndre Yedlin 79), Brad Evans, Servando Carrasco, Shalrie Joseph, Lamar Neagle (Mauro Rosales 74), Eddie Johnson, Obafemi Martins.

Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Pat Ianni, Marc Burch, Andy Rose, David Estrada.

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Martins 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Johnson 3); FOULS: 9 (Neagle 3); OFFSIDE: 2 (Johnson 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Neagle 2); SAVES: 2 (Gspurning 2).

Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Brad Knighton, Young-Pyo Lee, Brad Rusin, Johnny Leveron, Jordan Harvey, Nigel Reo-Coker, Jun Marques Davidson, Gershon Koffie, Corey Hertzog (Daigo Kobayashi 64), Camilo Sanvezzo (Darren Mattocks 76), Kenny Miller (Matt Watson 90+4).

Substitutes Not Used: Joe Cannon, Kekuta Manneh, Tommy Heinemann, Greg Klazura.

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Mattocks 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Mattocks 2); FOULS: 11 (Reo-Coker 3); OFFSIDE: 4 (4 players, 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Camilo 4); SAVES: 7 (Knighton 7).

Misconduct Summary:

SEA – Lamar Neagle (caution) 61′
SEA – Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (caution) 90′

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee’s Assistants: Bill Dittmer, Baboucarr Jallow
4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Attendance: 22,500
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Sunny

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.

Scoring Summary:

VAN – Kenny Miller (Corey Hertzog) 4′

VAN – Darren Mattocks (Gershon Koffie, Brad Knighton) 79′

 

 

Seattle Sounders FC – Michael Gspurning, DeAndre Yedlin, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Djimi Traore, Leo Gonzalez (DeAndre Yedlin 79), Brad Evans, Servando Carrasco, Shalrie Joseph, Lamar Neagle (Mauro Rosales 74), Eddie Johnson, Obafemi Martins.

 

Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Pat Ianni, Marc Burch, Andy Rose, David Estrada.

 

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Martins 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Johnson 3); FOULS: 9 (Neagle 3); OFFSIDE: 2 (Johnson 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Neagle 2); SAVES: 2 (Gspurning 2).

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Brad Knighton, Young-Pyo Lee, Brad Rusin, Johnny Leveron, Jordan Harvey, Nigel Reo-Coker, Jun Marques Davidson, Gershon Koffie, Corey Hertzog (Daigo Kobayashi 64), Camilo Sanvezzo (Darren Mattocks 76), Kenny Miller (Matt Watson 90+4).

Substitutes Not Used: Joe Cannon, Kekuta Manneh, Tommy Heinemann, Greg Klazura.

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Mattocks 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Mattocks 2); FOULS: 11 (Reo-Coker 3); OFFSIDE: 4 (4 players, 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Camilo 4); SAVES: 7 (Knighton 7).

  

Misconduct Summary:

SEA – Lamar Neagle (caution) 61′

SEA – Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (caution) 90′

 

 

Referee: Hilario Grajeda

Referee’s Assistants: Bill Dittmer, Baboucarr Jallow

4th Official: Tyler Ploeger

Attendance: 22,500

Time of Game: 1:53

Weather: Sunny

 

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

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