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September 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Sounders FC vs. Chivas USA, post-match quotes

Here are the post-match quotes from Seattle’s 4-2 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday at CenturyLink Field:

Sigi Schmid – Sounders FC Head Coach

(Opening Statement…) “It’s been a long patch of games. To go on a 12-day road trip at this point of the season and to have played as many games as we have had to play in the last period of time was strenuous on our guys. I was very proud of their effort today. We put ourselves in a difficult situation in the beginning of the game and the ability to come back from that situation—I found in the second half we managed to gain very well. We could have had a few more; we were unlucky when Clint’s shot went off the post. We were creating opportunities, we were controlling the ball, and we weren’t giving much away, so I was pleased with that.”

(On Obafemi Martins setting the single-season franchise record for goals…) “We’ve still got more games to go, so let’s not write it in yet. Clint is right there close to him as well, so we would like them both to get beyond what the old record was. I thought Oba played very well today, I thought he worked hard and it’s great. I also think it’s the most goals he has had in a season, so we are very proud of him.”

(On Martins’ season…) “He has had a good season. I think it shows that last year, at the end of last year, he was just fatigued from not getting a break—from going to the Russian season to the Spanish season to our season without a break. Now that he had a proper preseason and had that break in between I think he’s sustaining his effort and sustaining it at the end of the season. He is a very important piece to our team and he and Clint are very good together.”

(On Martins and Dempsey’s combinations…) “They look for each other and know where each other are on the field. When one has the ball, the other knows where the other one is… they move for each other off the ball and they trust each other and have confidence in that connection.”

(On Martins and Dempsey continued…) “Certainly the talent level of these two individually could carry a front line for you. Together they are a real handful.  Every team I know when they play us, that is something they have to worry about when those two are on the field together. So from the standpoint of having two lead strikers on a team—[that] is not a luxury you get all the time as a coach.”

(On Lamar Neagle…) “I think he is paying attention to the little things. By the little things I think he is working hard off the ball, he is defending better, and that allows him to be in position when we recover the ball to get after them because they are forgetting about him because he is all of a sudden coming from a little deeper, and then he gets forward. His runs are coming from deeper and so it is hard for them to pick him up. When he has gotten around the goal he has done well. He finished his goal well today and the better play he did was not touching the ball on the fourth goal—he was aware to not touch it.”

(On the backline allowing two early goals…) “We’re frustrated with that. That is something we addressed at halftime. I am older so I don’t tend to be very loud at halftime, but I was maybe a little louder today.  So that is something we know that’s got to be better. Just like the first goal in Dallas was a really fluky goal, the goals today were fluky goals—bouncing off people, rebounding, and it seemed to always be bouncing their way. Certainly Barrera hits a great shot, the one that hits underneath the cross bar, and that starts that sequence… We have to better and have to make sure we don’t give those up.”

(On where the defense can improve…) “We got countered on the one goal. We just have to be more resilient in our 1-on-1 defending, our 1-1 defending needs to better, our defending as a group needs to be better. We need to just clear the ball, we are a team that likes to pass the ball and entertain the fans, that’s the kind of team we are—we are an entertaining team. Sometimes guys, instead of clearing it, find passes. I think there is one guy in the second half where most defenders in the league, probably 90 percent, would have played it along the line, but he tries to find the pass inside and split, he gets cut off and now they are counterattacking on us. We have a lot of faith in our passing ability, but it’s also what makes a fun team to watch. That’s a reason why the fans come—they know they are going to be entertained by us. They used to say that from an entertainment value that 4-2 is better than 1-0. 4-2 is a lot harder on your heart than a 1-0, I would rather take the 1-0, but this has been an up year scoring as a whole in the league for MLS, and I think that’s positive. There is entertaining soccer being played in our league.”

(On starting Anibaba…) “Jalil played in the game in New York. He played at right back and he is really more of a center back. We just felt in this game it was his turn to be back out there. Djimi’s been coming off from injury, too, so to come back after Wednesday’s game and come back now and play 90 today would have been hard because he hasn’t really had that big amount of game time where he can play 90 minutes. Jalil didn’t play at Dallas and could go 90.”

(On Michel Azira’s performance…) “I thought Michel played very well. He was sort of a forgotten man. We talked and gave him the opportunity and I thought he did very well. He did a good job of closing things down. I thought he was quick. He and [Osvaldo Alonzo] found each other very well. I was very, very pleased with how he played. I don’t know if you know how difficult it is when you haven’t played like he has and deliver the kind of performance he has—it speaks not only to his play, but is character. He is a good character guy.”

(On Leo Gonzalez’s injury…) “It’s a hamstring that’s slight, but we felt that if he tried to play today he could pull it and be out for a long time. We are hoping that for Colorado he should be able to be back in the mix.”

(On Zach Scott’s injury…) “The MRI is tomorrow, there is nothing broken there. His ankle is a little bit arthritic, it’s a little more bone-on-bone. We are thinking that it is more like a bone bruise in the ankle joint. We will just have to wait and see, but he is a tough character because I know if anybody would come back sooner rather later it is him.”

(On starting Brad Evans at left back…)“Brad is a man for all seasons—he has done a lot of different things for us at a lot of different times. When Leo went down we wanted to go with Azira inside midfield, and we felt with Pappa and Neagle wide we were OK there, and we wanted to go with Brad.”

(On gaining sole possession of first place…) “I am proud of the group. I am proud of our character. Again, we have shown an ability to come back in a lot of those games. There’s nobody more disappointed than the group after the games in New York and Dallas. But we are in first place and people are still chasing us. They have to get three points to even get with us, and we are going to continue to put that pressure on for the rest of the season.”

Wilmer Cabrera – Chivas USA Head Coach

(On today’s game…) “We came to play an even game, and it was a good game. The intensity was good. We created options and we scored two goals, but it’s sad that we ourselves deflected the ball in one occasion for them to generate the ball – in two occasions. In the second goal, it was a deflection coming from us, and in the fourth goal, another deflection, but it’s part of the game. They’re a very good team, they’re one of the top teams in this league, if not the best. At least no doubt with the mentality, with the intensity that the players put on the field, we watched and we enjoyed a good game.”

(On his team’s mentality going in to this game…) “It is important that the players understand that the only way for us to get out of this slump is getting on the field and put intensity. We cannot just go over there and give up right away because we receive one goal. We’ve been talking, they’re committed and right now, what we need to think is if we can play the next four games with this intensity, we’re going to win some points because we have three at home. That is important. Sadly, we’re going to lose now [Erick] ‘Cubo’ [Torres] again for one game and we’re going to lose Marvin [Chavez], but I think that the seed was there. We came with intensity, we played the top team in this league even, we scored goals but we have to improve the lack of concentration when we have to tackle the ball. We have to win those tackles. We have to win those battles right there, because they were good in the finishing.”

(On Torres breaking Chivas’ all-time record in scoring in a single season…) “He’s been important for us. Every time we have him, you know, that’s why he is the top scorer for us. When we don’t have him, it’s difficult. He helps us to score goals, and he helped Felix [Borja] to move and feel more comfortable. It’s always important to have Cubo because it’s been great for us. Now, we have to continue thinking that now we have three games at home and we have the possibility to get out of this losing streak.”

(On introducing Matthew Dunn into his starting lineup…) “He showed personality. He was tackling the top players in this league and he was playing even, so that’s what you expect from him and that why Matt Dunn was today in the starting lineup, because he has earned that right to be on the field. It’s a young player, but it’s a player that is going to be important for this franchise.”

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