Odd couple of questions for Freddy Montero, all things considered. But here are the quotes provided from New York after Seattle's 1-0 win tonight.
SIGI SCHMIDOn Brad Evans:“You wish you could combine Brad with Fredy Montero’s little bit of skill. But Brad does so many things. I ask him to play center forward, he plays center forward, I ask him to play right wing, he plays right wing. He’s played midfield, right back for us. He’s an unsung hero. He leaves his lungs out on the field for the guys, and he doesn’t stop until he can’t go anymore.”
On Fredy Montero coming off the bench:“I’m sure Fredy wasn’t happy sitting in the bench, and it’s not a secret, he wants to be out on the field he wants to play. But I think he came in and he battled and he fought right away. And he has that ability, that little bit of skill, that little bit of calm at the key moment, and he finished a great goal. It was a great ball by Brad (Evans) and a great goal. I’m very happy for Fredy.
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“I told him yesterday, you’re not starting, but the minutes you do play are going to be the most important minutes of the game, and you can impact the game. And he said ‘Hey, I want to make a difference when I come in the game,’ and he did.”
On why Montero did not start: “It’s just a situation that, unfortunately, the game of soccer requires work. And even the best players in the world, if you look at Lionel Messi, if you look at Cristiano Ronaldo, they cover a lot of ground in a game. They’re very skillful, they’re very technical, but they cover ground. Fredy just got into a habit where he wasn’t quite active enough. The talent is always there, the ability is always there. He just wasn’t getting into the box where he can be most dangerous. I thought what he came in and did was tremendous, he played with energy which was important, but he has the skill that he can transform that energy into great things.”
BRAD EVANSOn the match:“A good result for us. Both teams coming off 4-nil drubbings. Its always good to get a result like that, especially away. A very physical match. It was something we focused on in practice. We knew they were going to play physical at home. So I think our practices reflected the way that we were going to play and what we expected as well. A good turn-around, and an inspirational win from front to back.”
On the game’s physicality:“Physical nature of the game, they commit a foul, and Tyrone (Marshall) sees me quickly. Just turn, touch, and Fredy (Montero) was open there. He took a touch and then just a class finish. He’s a goal scorer that’s what he does. So in that situation, you couldn’t have anything more.”
On the tight matches against the Red Bulls:“Every game has been extremely close, besides the home opener last year. But it’s a different team than you’re seeing from them. In the back, they keep you on your toes as a forward. Any inch they can get forward, they’re pressing forward to get you offside. Things have changed for them in the back, and that’s good for them. But luckily we got our goal.”
FREDY MONTEROOn his chemistry with Freddie Ljungberg:“It is a good one, everyone in this team is committed to running, everyone looks at him to be the catalyst for the team but everyone in this team is capable of playing at a high level. We have a partnership on the pitch to defend and to do our best, but off the pitch we don’t speak the same language so it makes things difficult to communicate.”
On his possibility to play in Europe:“As of right now I don’t know anything, I got my agents working on that area. I had a press conference saying I was committed to Seattle. But everyone’s dream is to play in Europe… There are a lot of rumors but I haven’t heard an official proposal, all I can do is do my job, score goals and play at a high level on the MLS.”
RED BULLS COACH HANS BACKEOn the team’s performance:“I would say it was an even game. None of the teams created many chances, it was more of a battle today. We defended OK, but our problem was the attacking game. The final third we didn’t come through in our attacking game.”
On the positives of the game:“The first 10 minutes there was some good possession but we lost possession. The rhythm in the passing game wasn’t always there. In a way there were some good things even if you lose a game, but the final third is our problem.”On the overall quality of play:“I think we defended well, but the attacking game was not quality. It was more of a battle. It was an average game in a way as far as the battles.”
RED BULLS MIDFIELDER CARL ROBINSONOn today’s game:“Two very decent teams, hard fought game, and not many chances. It was a super goal by Fredy Montero, you hold your hand up. We lacked in the final third today and it was something we have to work on.”
On starting and playing most of the game:“I felt fine, I had one crunching tackle, which hurt me a little bit. We’ll see how I feel in the morning, but it’s disappointing to lose the game.”
RED BULLS DEFENDER JEREMY HALLOn what his team can improve on:“We definitely want to work on hitting the back of the net because that relieves a lot of pressure. We were doing that a lot when we were on our winning streak. We got to bounce back, we have another one on Thursday and get three points there.”
On the team’s outlook after the second straight loss:“I think this team is good. We obviously want to improve in certain areas. We can get it together. We had two losses in a row but there’s no need to panic.”