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April 20, 2014 at 3:20 AM

‘It’s always good to win, to move up the table.’ (postgame quotes and stats)

Here are some quotes and stats from Sounders FC’s 2-1 road win at Chivas USA, a second-straight comeback triumph away from home. A lot of quotes focused on the impressive road-trip and being on the receiving end of a team-record 26 fouls.

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Photo credit: Chris Carlson, AP

Photo credit: Chris Carlson, AP

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SIGI SCHMID, head coach

(On the game…) “I thought, again, we showed good character, going down 1-0 on a penalty kick that I still haven’t seen the replay of, so I don’t know if it was a penalty or not. It seemed a little bit soft, but it is what it is. We showed character and came back. I thought we were close to getting a few more goals in the first half, so I thought overall we played all right in the first half. Our final passes were off a little bit, but I thought we were good. Second half there was a period of time there where they got a hold of game a little bit. Obviously their enthusiasm of being at home, and even after they got the red card, it seemed like everybody stepped it up for them. But I thought we scored a great goal. I thought Oba deserved a goal based on the hard work he did. Clint has two assists tonight, so as long as he’s involved in goals, that is what’s important for us.”

(On going 2-0-1 on the road trip after trailing in each game…) “Again, like I said, it speaks to character of our team and our ability to be able to stick that away. One-nothing is nothing. You just have to overcome it and you have to play again. That’s what we’ve shown and we’ve been able to do that. Obviously ideally we’d like to get in front at the beginning and win the game that way, but right now we’ll take what we get.”

(On playing against Mauro Rosales…) “I thought Mauro did all right. I thought Leo did a good job on him and so forth. Mauro on had some opportunities on set pieces to impact the game — the free kick that he hit that Frei saved in the first. I thought for the most part we kept Mauro pretty quiet. I don’t think he was too involved in what they were doing offensively.”

(On the red card…) “Again, it’s hard to see. There were a lot of red cards today. There were a lot of red cards and so forth. At first when guy tackled, I thought it was yellow. I thought somebody else should’ve gotten a red card for them because of repetitive fouling. That was just part of it. … Oba got fouled seven times and nobody gets a yellow for repetitive fouling on Oba. That’s amazing to me.”

(On getting Brad Evans some time…) “It was good. It was good to get him back out on the field. We brought him in on the right-hand side, because that’s another option for us to play. Alonso and Pineda were doing all right in the middle and so it was good for him. We’ll see how he goes forward so he can build from here.”

(On what this does going into a three-game home stand…) “Obviously we want to continue and win games at home. Our road record has been very, very good and our home record is not so good at the moment. We have to make our home record good, as well. The game was physically demanding for us, so we’ve got to make sure we recover and get our team ready to play the next battle as we prepare for Colorado, because it’s a big conference game. But winning this game, winning in Dallas in conference and being able to win on the road is really important.”

(On Chad Marshall…) “I thought Chad was good again. I’m just waiting for him to be able to get his first assist or goal off a free kick. I think he’s been close or around there, but I thought he did a really good job on Torres. He really bottled him up. It seemed that Torres ended up with Chad more times than not. He won everything in air, obviously, but I thought he did a really good job 1v1 defending against him, as well.”

(On Marshall getting the assist on Neagle…) “Good! I like it. That’s good.”

CLINT DEMPSEY, forward

(On the game…) “It’s always good to win, to move up the table to where we should be. We put in a good performance tonight, another good performance on the road, so we’re happy.”

(On the theme of comebacks…) “We know our quality and if we do concede, we have players that can create players and get goals also and will fight to the end. We have a lot of character on this team. It thought was a good performance coming back and winning 2-1.”

(On linking up with Oba on the goal…) “There were times we linked up pretty well. I was able to put him through this time. He went close on one occasion and scored on the other one. Happy with him scoring, happy to contribute in the game getting two assists.”

(On the 26 fouls suffered…) “That’s the way it goes sometimes. I thought the field was a little bit heavy; at times the game was a little bit slow because the grass was a little bit thick. We could’ve done a better job of moving the ball still. But we grinded out a result and it’s about doing that at home.”

(On the performance…) “Yeah, with the three points, especially away from home. We’re on a good run. It’s about keeping it going and it’s about the fact that we’re moving up the table. We’ve got to keep going.”

LAMAR NEAGLE, midfielder

(On yet another road comeback…) “It’s been fun. Obviously it shows our character. It shows our confidence in our ability to score. Sometimes we take some goals that we shouldn’t, but we know that we can score goals, so we know we can kind of cover each other. I know one of these days we’ll get a shutout and a ton of goals, and that will be nice for everybody. But as of right now, we’re not mad about it.”

(On if he felt a greater sense of confidence in a comeback after the Chivas goal following the past few games…) “Like I said, we’re confident that we can score goals. When it’s five minuets in, and we have the run of play in the first five minutes, then the first time they get into our half or box, they get a PK, that’s just unfortunate. We know with the players that we have, with the play that we can put together that we can score goals. I wasn’t worried at all.”

(On what happened on his goal…) “The cross came in. I went up for a header, got crushed. And then Clint kind of flicked it. It’s one of those that lands in front of you and you’re fortunate. Those are ones that players like me love just cleaning up. Three yards out, and you smash it. Goal.”

BRAD EVANS, midfielder

(On how much he’s able to get a sense of the game as a spectator…) “Especially when you’re warming up for the second 45 (minutes), you don’t get to watch much of the second half. But in the first half I thought there was good play. Obviously we gave up the PK early, but I thought we kept our composure. So many times this year we’ve already come back from a goal down, so it was something that wasn’t new to us. We kept our composure and had some good sequences, just missed a few key moments on a couple passes, but we were lucky to get a fortunate goalkeeper error to get one before halftime. A few times maybe we can spread the ball a little bit wider, to really expose them, it’s something we talked about before the game. But we’ll keep getting better. If we get results now like this, later down the road when we really hit our stride I think we’ll be in good form.”

(On how he felt coming off the minutes…) “Good. Obviously it’s difficult to come into a game like this. The tempo is high and that’s the hardest part. People don’t understand. They say, ‘You only played 15 minutes or 20 minutes,’ but it’s the hardest 20 minutes of game right there and you’re trying to push both ways. So for me, it’s about getting fitness now and game fit. I’ll play hopefully 45 minutes tomorrow and go from there.”

(On being fouled a record 26 times…) “I believe it. Today I thought that we handled it pretty well. I thought that in certain times when we could play quick, we played quick off the fouls and set pieces. We kept our composure, kept our head. There weren’t too many hot heads, and I think now that we realize that these guys are getting fouled so much, it’s going to be part of the game and we have to play through it. I thought that we did a good job of that. For me, watching it from the bench, it’s Clint gets fouled by one person, it’s a pretty hard foul, and then he gets foul by another one. It doesn’t matter if it’s four fouls for the next person, then you give the yellow card. It’s, ‘All right. You fouled his once. You fouled him once. Now you fouled him. Now it’s a yellow card, even though it’s your first challenge.’ That’s something I’d like to see more, then it settles down not just that guy but the rest of the team, saying, ‘All right, we’re going to protect this guy.’ It’s going to happen, and obviously the stats show it.”

OBAFEMI MARTINS, forward

(On if it feels good to finally get a goal after being playmaker…) “Yeah, sure. Of course I’m glad. I’m glad that we won, as well. We’ve been working hard, so I think we deserved it.”

(On yet another comeback win…) “I don’t know. We just do our thing. When we concede goals, we just keep going until the end. That’s what we’re doing. It happens that we won again today, so we’re happy.”

(On being fouled so often…) “The fact that I’m OK means that there is nothing to complain about. I don’t like to talk about the referees, because they’re doing their job. The only thing I’m going to talk about is the win. I’m happy for the team. We worked so hard to get the three points. I’m happy we’re taking the three points home.”

(On breaking a scoring drought…) “As a striker I’m happy I scored today, but the important thing is the team, trying to create, trying to pass the ball, create and make assists — we worked hard today, me and Dempsey. He got me the ball. We’re doing well together. We just have to continue like this, because is season is (so long). The fact is we’re doing well and we’ll keep going.”

CHAD MARSHALL, defender

(On getting his first assist of the season…) “I’ll take it. Shoot. Why not?”

(On wanting to even things up when saying teammates getting fouled so often…) “I mean you get frustrated as you see it happen over and over again. I don’t know. It’s hard to really pick a time to retaliate because the ref can pull a red card on you. It’s frustrating, you just hope that the ref calls it evenly.”

(On the PK…) “I thought Ozzie got the ball. I haven’t seen replay yet, but I thought live that he got the ball.”

(On the offensive picking the team up after conceding early…) “It shows the character the guys have. Obviously we don’t want to be putting ourselves in that position every game, but I think it shows a lot that we don’t put our heads down. We get back to work and are able to grind out results, especially on the road. It’s pretty great.”

(On if the assist came off his hand…) “I think it did. (laughs)”

GONZALO PINEDA, midfielder

(On being on the receiving end of some hard tackles…) “It didn’t hurt me too much but the play was hard. He hit me a little bit, but I tried to not get injured so I pulled my feet. I don’t know if it’s a red card or not, but the referee said yes. So it’s OK.”

(On playing in front of Chivas fans after having played for Chivas in Mexico…) “It’s a very good crowd, a Mexican crowd with Chivas. They supported me a lot of time as I played for them four years and won a championship with them. So I like them very much. They are giving me still too much love. It’s a good thing to me and that feels good.”

STEFAN FREI, goalkeeper

(On if Torres stopped his run-up…) “Yeah, that’s why after PK I actually ran up to (the referee) and told him it doesn’t really matter at what point in the run-up he does it. The rules are once he goes, he can’t stop — he even went backwards at that point. But it is what it is.”

(On the PK call…) “There is always contact. Obviously in the box it’s do-or-die. I think he got the ball and there’s going to be a little bit of contact. I would say it’s probably a bit of a soft PK, but it wasn’t going change, so we had to dig in and come back, which we did. That’s great.”

(On yet another road comeback…) “We don’t make it easy on ourselves, do we? But it’s good character. Hopefully we can iron out those things and make it even easier for ourselves, but it’s really good to see those results come our way.”

CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH WILMER CABRERA

Thoughts on the team’s results:

“I think on the field we’re showing that we have possibilities to play with any team. It’s not like we’re defending or waiting to see when they’re going to score on us. We play even with any team here and away and we’re going to continue doing that. We have to recognize that we cannot make those mistakes with the first goal, that’s a mistake that we cannot make because they’re going to punish us and they did.”

On the penalty kick awarded to Chivas USA:

“It’s clear. When there’s a foul inside the box, it’s a penalty kick. As I said in the beginning, Seattle Sounders won because they scored two goals and we didn’t score even though we had the opportunities. We created at the end with chances, but we should’ve scored. We have to be better in our finishing, we have to be more clinical and we can’t make mistakes to give the ball away easily.”

On Chivas USA’s attitude:

“The attitude from the players is very good. They’re working hard, they believe in what we’ve been doing. I don’t have any doubts. We played against Seattle and we played even. It’s not like we were waiting for them, we had possession and we had movement of the ball, we had options, attack, and even with 10 men, we tried to attack and create options and play. That’s important, that shows that we believe in what we do. We have to improve in those little details, mistakes because we get punished and especially against good teams, like Seattle, with the players that they have.”

On team’s quality and assertiveness:

“We are building this team and there are lots of new players, but I see improvement on this team. When we go on the field, and I’m on the side, I see we’re playing even. We’re moving the ball, we create options, we attack, we win the ball and it’s not like we’re waiting on the other team to score on us or they’re just shooting at us. No, we play even, have possession, good mobility and create options. But now we have to bring a little bit more of that quality and talent to finish the game and punish the opponent when we create those options. It is positive and I see an improvement every time and obviously, we have to reflect that with the results.”

On the red card (via MLSsoccer.com)

“We don’t receive the respect and we don’t receive fair consideration from the refereeing. We know that it’s going to be difficult, but even at home, it’s the second game we finish with 10 men; that’s not right. Every call and every 50-50 call was for the other team.

“[Seattle] are a very good team. They won because they scored two goals and we only scored one, but it’s a little bit frustrating with those calls, those issues and that red card. At this point, it’s fair to say the players feel that they don’t receive respect from the guys in yellow.”

“Both players went for the ball and, because Marky is a young player on Chivas USA, he’s taken out. It’s simple [because] nobody is going to complain or say anything. It’s easy to take advantage of us because nobody complains. That’s not right.”

CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER DAN KENNEDY

On the team’s performance:

“I thought we played well tonight. You lose a man and it makes you adjust, and it makes them feel that they have a little momentum, I guess, and they were fortunate to get a goal. I’m really happy with where we are going. I felt like we played the gameplan the way we wanted to play. We executed the game pretty well, and we had our moments on the goal, of course we turned it over a few times, and the first goal is definitely a mistake. We should leave tonight feeling that we deserved more of the game, and it’s important that we put an end to the mistakes and if we can put an end to them and if we can perform how we did tonight, we will be just fine.”

On Seattle’s first goal:

“It’s one of those things that you are maybe a little over eager to get it. I think I had just punched the ball out, it came back to us in a crowd, and Carlos [Bocanegra] and I had a communication where I called for it and I mistimed it, and as a goalie you get one thing wrong and you get punished. Those balls are very tricky plays and I just got it wrong.”

On Marco Delgado’s red card:

“The play happened far away from me, so I don’t know if the play was a red card. I thought the team actually played well tonight and that we deserved more. Maybe when I watch and look back and see the game I’ll feel differently, but when you are on the field, you get so caught up in the game that you try to not let that be a distraction. We got enough going on out there.”

On Chivas’ back line:

“I think we were very good in the back. We didn’t give them a lot. They were trying to slip the through-balls all day and they made one great chance of it and that was the goal that Martins got in the second half. As a team we are growing and you can see it.”

CHIVAS USA DEFENDER CARLOS BOCANEGRA

On Seattle’s winning goal:

“It’s always tough with 10 men and we are home. We are pushing for the win and Clint [Dempsey] picked up an early ball and they broke on us, and you know, those two are good up top, they are a good combination and they punished us at the end. It’s unfortunate, but I still think that even with 10 men and before that, we hurt ourselves a little bit more, gave them the ball in some decent situations, and when you are tired, you get punished at the end of the game. They have good players and they took advantage of it.”

On the team’s performance:

“I think we have been playing a little bit better. We took a bad loss to the Galaxy and then against Portland and Seattle, we’ve come out and played a little bit better. We were very sharp against Portland, we were good tonight but we still had a few errors that hurt us. We let them counter-attack us and things like that. We have a lot of new guys in this team, but that’s not an excuse anymore, we need to gel together and play more consistent and consistently better. I think we need to just play a little bit better to get results. I think we just need to focus on our team and get a little better.”

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SOUNDERS FC 2, CHIVAS USA 1

Scoring Summary:

CHV – Erick Torres (penalty) 5′
SEA – Lamar Neagle (Clint Dempsey, Chad Marshall) 24′
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Clint Dempsey) 81′

Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Djimi Traore, Leo Gonzalez (Dylan Remick 90+2′), Lamar Neagle, Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa (Brad Evans 67′), Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins (Chad Barrett 90+1′)

Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Zach Scott, Micheal Azira, Kenny Cooper

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (3 players, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Neagle, 2); FOULS: 7 (2 players, 2); OFFSIDE: 5 (Dempsey, 3); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Pineda, 3); SAVES: 3 (Frei, 3).

Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, Eric Avila, Carlos Bocanegra, Bobby Burling,  Andrew Jean-Baptise (Donald Toia 45′), Mauro Rosales (Luke Moore 86′), Marky Delgado, Carlos Alvarez, Agustin Pelletieri, Leandro Barrera, Erick Torres (Adolfo Bautista 79′)

Substitutes Not Used: Tim Melia, Oswaldo Minda, Kristopher Tyrpack, Michael Nwiloh

TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Torres, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (2 players, 2); FOULS: 26 (Pelletieri, 5); OFFSIDE: 2 (Torres, 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (2 players, 2); SAVES: 1 (Kennedy, 1).

Misconduct Summary:

CHV – Leandro Barrera (caution) 28′
SEA – Leo Gonzalez (caution) 31′
CHV – Carlos Alvarez (caution) 71′
CHV – Marco Delgado (ejection) 73′
CHV – Donny Toia (caution) 90+3′

Referee: Ismail Elfath
Referee’s Assistants: James Conlee, Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Kevin Stott
Attendance: 7,499
Weather: Clear, 63-degrees

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