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September 30, 2013 at 12:29 AM

‘We know that we can play better soccer, and hopefully we will next week.’

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Here are some team-provided quotes and stats following Sounders FC’s 1-1 tie against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

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Sigi Schmid – Sounders FC Head Coach

(Opening statement…) “I thought we were a little bit fortunate tonight. Obviously they hit the post a couple times, as well, in the second half. I thought we had some good looks, some good chances. Robles came up with a couple good saves, but I didn’t think it was our best soccer. I know we can play better than we played tonight. We still came out with a tie, so that’s something. We got a point, we still have some games in hand, but obviously when we play at home, we’d like to win.”

(On how New York had success…) “I thought we got forward a little bit, but I thought we gave them way too much space in midfield to play. They started to control the ball a little bit in there and their forwards started dropping off and one of them would find that gap — Luyindula sometimes, sometimes Espindola. Cahill pushed a little bit higher and they would find that gap in behind our midfield and in front of our back line. They did a good job of that. Even then, we still had some pretty good looks in the second half on chances that I think we should have converted on.”

(On getting a home draw…) “Anytime we play at home and we don’t win, we feel it’s two points lost, whether it’s this game or any other game. For us, you can look at it as a point gained because they hit the post a couple times and we could have had zero. We got a point from that standpoint, but anytime you play at home, you want to get a win.”

(On Seattle’s chances…) “In the first half, yeah, we had some chances for sure. The biggest one was probably when Eddie [Johnson] slipped past Robles down near the edge of the 18 and crossed the ball and Oba [Martins] headed it wide. Obviously, if you put that one in it changes the complexion of the game.”

(On Brad Evans’ penalty kick…) “He’s done well with his penalties. Robles went the right way, but the ball was well-hit.”

(On the status of the team…) “I think there’s no reason to panic. We still have some games in hand. I know we got some tough games coming up and next week’s going to be a tough week with Colorado and then Vancouver in the middle of the week, and then the end of the week Portland. That’s going to be a tough week for us when two of the three are away. We’ve been put in tough situations before and we’ve met them, so we just have to stand up and meet them again.”

(On the injury status of Clint Dempsey and Leo Gonzalez…) “Clint just wasn’t ready to go, and Leo’s been bothered by that groin. We felt we needed to shut him down or else we’d lose him for a more significant part. We’ll see how they come along this week. The expectations now are that they both have a chance at playing this coming weekend.”

(On Marc Burch’s play…) “I thought he did alright. … I’m sure he’ll tell you, as well, that he would have wanted to do a little bit more at times. It’s been a while since he played left back. It’s a position he’s played enough few years that it’s not an uncomfortable place for him to play.”

(On the play in the first half…) “I thought we struggled early in the first half and then the last 20 minutes of the first half we did really well because we played a little more direct. We also needed to play with less touches. I thought we took too many touches at times on the field and the ball needed to flow a little bit quicker.”

Brad Evans – Sounders FC Midfielder

(On the flow of the game…) “Not a very fluid game, just because of the wind and the rain and everything. Balls just get held up and intercepted. It was a little bit sloppy, but going into halftime with the 1-0 lead and we came out and had a couple chances. We kept pushing forward, they caught us on one, missed a couple tackles and a class finish by Cahill. We kept on pushing, pushing but final execution wasn’t there today.”

(On the PK goal…) “It was a good exchange of a couple passes between myself, Mauro (Rosales) and DeAndre (Yedlin). We found a little bit of space and I was able to turn in the box and his hand was behind him and he blocks the cross. In my book it’s a penalty, but they were complaining a little bit. And just slide it home.”

(On areas to improve…) “We had a 1-1 result and we obviously know we can play better soccer. We can combine a little bit better and be better with our passes. If we do that, we get them a little more tired and ragged in the back and we get more chances. It’s just being a little more patient, playing a little better with the ball. Maybe playing it a little more safe. But it’s a good test to play a good team coming across the whole (country). It might be a team that we might not face until the championship, but they’ll be up there.”

Michael Gspurning – Sounders FC Goalkeeper

(On the team’s performance…) “We started slow. We knew New York was good coming into the game. After 15 minutes we took more control, but it wasn’t enough to win. In the second half, New York took great chances. In second half, they were the better team, so they deserve the point. We have to take the result and it wasn’t our best game today, but it’s OK.”

(On Cahill’s goal…) “It was a bouncing ball all over the place in the box. He hit it well the first time and there’s nothing [I could] do.”

(On areas to improve…) “Well, next match is a tough one in Colorado. We are good on the road, we know what to do and hopefully we have a better game.”

(On the possibility of clinching a playoffs berth…) “Yeah we knew it. We put every effort in, but New York is very decent. You have to accept the draw.”

Adam Moffat- Sounders FC midfielder

(On his home debut…) “It was great; the atmosphere was fantastic. Obviously we were disappointed at the result. We expect to win the home games. It was good to get out there, but I would rather win the game.”

(On potential improvements for the team…) “We got the lead and maybe we could have taken a few more chances in the first half. Whenever the game is that close the other team always feels they have a chance and maybe we let them get a little too much space in that second half. It was a good goal for them, but it was disappointing for us.”

(On getting cheered this time around…) ” It’s nice to have all those people rooting for you rather than rooting against you, it’s cool.”

Marc Burch – Sounders FC Defender

(On if the team came in with the right attitude…) “I think so. I think we came in with the right attitude. We just missed a few chances that we should have put away. We put a few headers in and all of the sudden we are in control of the game. If you let a team like that stay in it when there are bad conditions, they might get a goal. We need to put teams away, but it is a point and we have to move on.”

(On if the 1-1 tie was due to happen because of the amount of one goal wins for the Sounders…) “Yeah, I think over a long stretch of games we were not putting enough goals away to make sure teams are out of it. When you leave a team like New York in it, they are going to get one. For the amount of games that we won 1-0, maybe we did deserve a tie and maybe this was the one that we got back.”

Mike Petke – New York Red Bulls Head Coach

(On the game …) “I’m extremely proud of my guys. Not only to get a result here, but to play very (well) and to put pressure all over a phenomenal team like Seattle, and to have many scoring opportunities — they had some as well. To come in and not be intimidated by this crowd and with the recent form of Seattle and in a very stressful environment, I’m very proud of them.”

(On New York’s season …) “Like I said, all credit goes to the players. Any negative play by us, any bad results, that comes down on my shoulders. Any good results, positive results, is a direct credit to the players.”

(On the game plan and moving Peguy Luyindula up top …) “The insertion of Peguy into the lineup tonight was strictly because he’s very good at holding the ball and he has great vision. We knew that if we could get him the ball past the midfield line, then he turns and goes, that we could be dangerous. I thought he did great tonight.”

(On Tim Cahill’s play …) “Tim never ceases to amaze me — with his work rate, his attitude, his rallying the troops. It’s just another game for Tim.”

(On how their missing players may have affected things tonight …) “I think a lot of emphasis is put on who we didn’t have than on who we did have play tonight, and I thought that was a discredit to a lot of the guys. We knew they weren’t going to travel early in the week, so it was out of our mind. That was the focus for these guys. I have faith in these guys and they have faith in each other to come in and get a result, and they did that.”

(On the team’s halftime adjustments …) “Honestly, the adjustments at the half were to keep doing what we were doing. From the opening whistle, we had an opportunity and wanted to keep the pressure on. In the second half, we hit the post, hit the crossbar and had opportunities. It was a good a good game to watch at home, or I’m assuming it was, unless I misread it from the sidelines. I thought it was a great game for ESPN to have and I’m sure people were satisfied.”

Tim Cahill – New York Red Bulls Midfielder

(On his impressions of the game tonight…) “I really enjoyed it. I think before the game, I told my players and the manager said to the players to have no fear. This is a great place to come. It’s one of the best stadiums in the league and the best crowds, and you can understand why they win games here because the support is amazing. For us, we’re unfortunate not to get the three points, but it’s a pleasure to play here so credit to their fans and to the team. I’m proud of the boys of what we achieved tonight, and we’re unlucky not to get the three points.”

(On whether the rain had an impact on the game…) “It was nothing. It’s the way I’ve played football my whole life in England. It’s fun. You deal with the elements and we enjoyed it. We embraced the game, the moment. Basically, if you want to win games of this sort or be a force in this league then you have to enjoy the crowd, and that’s what we did tonight. [...] I thought we were pretty good defensively, disciplined. We threw the caution to the wind in the second half and we got the goal in the end.”

(On David Carney and having another Aussie on the team…) “It’s good. He’s been positive. He gets forward, he’s defensively brilliant, but he gives us another element with Johnny [Steele] attacking, crossing and causing problems. Five games unbeaten for the Aussie lad coming in. I’m just proud of the team in general. Everyone put in a great shift. Honestly it was amazing to play here. We wish we could play in places like this every week.”

(On his goal…) “The goal. Basically I screened it as well as I could to Johnny [...] and Johnny just touched it. It sat nicely and I thought about dragging it with my right foot and smashing it with my left, but the keeper was just sort of like based to his right a bit and I just tried to find the side corner and it hit. And that’s what I said to the lads, you play for moments like this — defining moments that change games. My whole career, I’ve looked to try to make the difference in front of big crowds and the best teams in the leagues, everywhere I’ve played, and tonight that was it. It was pretty special, but not for me, for my team because we had a lot of players step in due to other circumstances and this is what it means to be a team. This is the feeling that you should have after every game, a feeling of reward, and I’m proud of the boys.”

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SOUNDERS FC 1, NEW YORK RED BULLS 1

Scoring Summary:

SEA – Brad Evans (penalty) 45′
NY – Tim Cahill 76′

Seattle Sounders FC – Michael Gspurning, DeAndre Yedlin, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Djimi Traore, Marc Burch, Mauro Rosales (Adam Moffat 79), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle, Eddie Johnson, Obafemi Martins.

Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Patrick Ianni, Dylan Remick, Andy Rose, Steve Zakuani, David Estrada.

TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Evans, Martins 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 players, 1); FOULS: 9 (Johnson, Neagle 3); OFFSIDE: 4 (Johnson 3); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Rosales 2); SAVES: 2 (Gspurning 2).

New York Red Bulls – Luis Robles, Kosuke Kimura, Markus Holgersson, Ibrahim Sekagya, David Carney, Lloyd Sam (Eric Alexander 70), Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill, Jonny Steele, Peguy Luyindula, Fabian Espindola (Andre Akpan 89).

Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Meara, Brandon Barklage, Michael Bustamante, Matt Miazga, Marius Obekop.

TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Cahill 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Cahill 2); FOULS: 18 (3 players, 3); OFFSIDE: 5 (Espindola 3); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Sam 2); SAVES: 3 (Robles 3).

Misconduct Summary:

SEA – Brad Evans (caution) 54′
NY – Jonny Steele (caution) 64′

Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry, Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Younes Marrakchi
Attendance: 39,083
Time of Game: 1:54
Weather: Rain and 57 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.

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