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September 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM

‘We take the point … and we move on in the race of the Supporters’ Shield.’

Here are some team-provided quotes and stats after Sounders FC’s 1-1 tie against the Los Angeles Galaxy. I’ve updated it with more from coach Sigi Schmid.

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On the result of the game:

“Obviously we are pleased to get a tie, it’s a tough building to play in and they are a good team. We got the first goal, but I think they had a little bit more possession than we did if you look at the game. We had some very dangerous chances, even late in the game with Evans almost getting in their twice, Eddie had a look as well, I think we had opportunities to get a second goal but it is what it is, an end to end game, it was a good game for the fans, an exciting game, not always the best soccer though.”

On LA’s goal by midfielder Juninho:

“Well I don’t know why we had a minute extra in the first half. I don’t think anything happened in the first half, there were no injuries, there was nothing, so why we played extra I am not quite sure, but it was a minute extra and a foul that we gave away. He hit a great free kick. I don’t think the wall was set the best, the ball was in an awkward spot.”

On the team’s mentality…

“I thought our mentality was good. I thought we did a pretty good job on Robbie Keane today. We kept him from being dangerous and maybe frustrated him a little bit. Obviously we faced a lot of crosses, so that was a lot of work for us. The referee called twice as many fouls on us as on them, so that made us work, too, because that gives them a lot of set pieces, a lot of free kicks, a lot of times where the ball is turning back to them, so we were on our heels a little bit that way. I thought our mentality and our defending attitude was good.”

On EJ’s goal…

“It was a good goal. Obviously a good header and he got up well on it. It’s something that we’ve come to expect from him. It’s one of the things that makes us a dangerous team, that we can score in those kinds of situations, as well. But we had other opportunities that we need to do better with.”

On Evans’ return…

“It was good. We needed a little bit help in midfield. We needed to get some fresh legs in there, as well. Mauro was playing with a little bit of a calf strain that he had, and he actually played more minutes than I thought he would be able to play tonight. … When brad came in, he had two pretty good looks, so I thought he helped us.”

On the hectic final minutes…

“The final minutes are final minutes. Again, obviously you’re playing a man down when he gives Zach the second yellow and the red card. I don’t know, if it’s a foul on Leonardo, when Eddie is going the other way, is that a red card? Because if he doesn’t take down Eddie — or maybe their feet just got tangled, I don’t know, I was far away — he’s in. He’s in on a breakaway. That could’ve changed things at the end with us. With that, with Eddie off the field, there’s a minute or so where we were with nine men, and we had to get Brad to play center back for us. So there were some changes we had to make that way, but I thought we battled and we were steady.”

On staying in the Supporters Shield lead…

“It’s important. Again, coming down here and getting a tie is a good result. If you’re looking at playoffs, you’ve got to be able to get something on the road and then come back home and take care of business. If this was a first playoff game, where we were here on the road, it’d be good for us. It’s just a matter of the guys know it was one of those roll-your-sleeves-up games, and we also know it wasn’t our best game, but we still were able to manage a result.”

On if he thinks they’ll return to the StubHub Center this year…

“Oh, I don’t know. You never know.”

On his second yellow card:

“He made the call. How the game was going, I thought there were several calls that he may have missed on their end, but in the end, refereeing is never something we can complain about, I thought we did what we were asked to come in here and do.”

On how the team played:

“I thought in the beginning of the game we played tremendously well and we should have got a least a couple more. In the second half it was more of weathering the storm, we knew they were going to come out fast, and we were able to go in on a counter, our opportunities to do that were good, but some games just go like that. We will move on, we are happy to come in here and play a better game than the last time we were down here.”


On the result:

“I think the result is secondary, tonight we showed a great effort, which is important to us after the first game we played here. I think we played really well and had great chances, even to win the game. We take the point, I think it’s a good point, and we move on in the race of the Supporters’ Shield.

On defending Juninho’s free kick:

“Don’t whistle the foul (laughs). No, it was a perfect free kick when the ball came over the wall. I think it even bounced on the line.”


On his overall thoughts on the game:

“It was a great game, when it was 1-1 the game could have gone either way. I think the game shortened up a little bit and we had some chances.”

On joining a new team at this point of the season:

“It can be tough, and a bit of an adjustment. There were a few things maybe tonight, you know, guys runs, you just kind of get used to the more you play. Hopefully that will come with the more minutes I play. It would be great to win the Supporters’ Shield, I’ve won it twice with Columbus, so to come to a team at this part of the year is a good time, the team is doing great.”


On the physical nature of the game:

“It was a physical game and the referee decided in the first half not to call anything and then in the second half, in the last fifteen minutes, he called everything. So it was a little inconsistent at that end, but having said that, it was a fair game, hard fought, two good teams.”

On Juninho’s goal:

“We have been waiting all year. It is probably his first goal of the year. On the night, we had a couple of good looks at the goal and we didn’t force their ‘keeper into making a whole lot of saves. I don’t know what the statistics say, but the final product on the night for us was poor. It was obviously the difference in the game.”

On the play of Jose Villarreal:

“Jose did a good job, he is still a young player, playing against a team with experienced players in the back obviously. They played us hard. They fouled us a lot, obviously they had a player sent off because of that, but he did a good job. We just weren’t good enough in the final third of the field with the final pass or our look at the goal and it made a difference in the game. We obviously had the one goal called back, I think the officiating was a little bit inconsistent. If that was a foul, then maybe Eddie doesn’t get his goal in the first half. In a tight game like that, those kind of plays and calls can determine the outcome.”


Overall thoughts on the game:

“It’s certainly a game that we deserved to win. They got (the first) goal and then we did well to get back into it. And, certainly, in the second half, we had a much better team but unfortunately we couldn’t break them down.”

On if team was unlucky not to score a goal in the second half:

“Yeah, it was a little off. Things weren’t falling. A lot of balls into the box, a few ricochets here and there, but they just didn’t fall for us. It’s just one of those things. But we played well. We’re certainly the better team. It’s a game obviously we wanted to get three points but we didn’t.”

On the Supporters’ Shield race:

“There’s a lot of points still to be got. It’s certainly not over but of course the ball is certainly in their court, there’s no question about that. But as long as we push and keep pushing until we give ourselves a good spot in the playoffs we will be fine.”


On scoring his first goal of the season:

“I saw the goalie leave the side open, I hit it very well and scored the goal. It’s very important to me to start scoring goals again. I’m feeling very good.”

On his goal celebration:

“My wife is pregnant, four months already, and wanted me to incorporate the baby into the celebration.”

On the battle in the midfield:

“We played against a good team. They have [Osvaldo] Alonso and [Mauro] Rosales. It’s tough to play a team like. They scored first and then I got the tying goal. They played well but we got the tying goal.”

On the game being a physical affair:

“Both teams played very hard. We lost two points at home. It’s not good for us. But we have keep going on and move on. It’s tough. We look at our table and we need to pick up points. It doesn’t matter if it’s home or away we (need) to get points again.”


On the atmosphere in the StubHub Center:

“Our fans did a great job of kind of drowning them (Seattle fans) out. I heard them in warm-ups for a couple of seconds and then that’s about it. Our fans did a great job of drowning them out. Whatever they did, we did five-fold and that added to the atmosphere.”

On Juninho’s goal:

“It was a beauty. We needed that. It was timely, it was at the end of the half and it was a beautiful freekick. He’s been working on it so much in practice and we see him hit them all the time in practice it was only a matter time before he put one in and tonight he put in a beauty.”

On the result:

“I don’t think you are satisfied, but it is not the end of the world. We are moving along. It was another good performance from us, limiting their chances, again, really good. There was a little bit of a consuming on that set piece that left Johnson free, but other than that we defended well and didn’t give them anything.”


On Eddie Johnson’s goal:

“Their goal I just got picked and Eddie ran free. Right before the play happened, I remember looking over to Gyasi and saying, ‘watch for the pick,’ and as I’m saying he pushes me and I try to catch up and then I get picked and he runs free. So, it was a good play for them. There’s not much I could do after I got picked.”

On the team’s performance:

“Other than that single play, I thought we did fine. There were a couple of other breakdowns they could have done better with but other than that I thought we were pretty good on the night.”

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Scoring Summary:

SEA – Eddie Johnson (Mauro Rosales) 25′
LA – Juninho 45+2′

Seattle Sounders FC – Michael Gspurning, DeAndre Yedlin, Jhon Kenney Hurtado, Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales (Brad Evans 76), Osvaldo Alonso, Andy Rose (Adam Moffat 65), Lamar Neagle, Eddie Johnson, Obafemi Martins (Marc Burch 82).

Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Djimi Traore, Steve Zakuani, David Estrada.

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Johnson 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Johnson 2); FOULS: 19 (Gonzalez, Scott 4); OFFSIDE: 8 (Johnson 5); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Rosales 2); SAVES: 1 (Gspurning 1).

LA Galaxy – Jaime Penedo, Sean Franklin, Leonardo (Michael Stephens 90+5), Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Hector Jiminez (Laurent Courtois 76), Marcelo Sarvas, Juninho, Gyasi Zardes, Jose Villareal (Jack McBean 81), Robbie Keane.

Substitutes Not Used: Brian Rowe, Kofi Opare, Pablo Mastroeni, Rafael Garcia.

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Zardes 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Juninho, Zardes 1); FOULS: 9 (Jiminez, Villareal 2); OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 7 (Juninho 4); SAVES: 1 (Penedo 1).

Misconduct Summary:

SEA – Zach Scott (caution) 45+1′
SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (Caution) 62′
SEA – Zach Scott (ejection) 90′

Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee’s Assistants: Ian Anderson, Jonathan Johnson
4th Official: Baldomero Toledo
Attendance: 27,000
Time of Game: 1:56
Weather: Cloudy and 67 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.


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