I'll have more on the game later, but by far the most interesting remarks from the Sounders locker room tonight came from veteran goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who was frustrated enough to talk retirement after letting D.C.'s second goal trickle out of his hands and across the goal line.
Here's what he had to say:
We gave up a bad goal with the deflection. That (stuff) happens. And then I give up a bad goal and we’re two-nil down and still everybody was confident that we’re going to get back in this game. They play a quick free kick get another goal and we’re three-nil down. But credit to the guys, they fought back, made it a game at the end, just too little too late.
Obviously, I’m disappointed. The guys worked extremely hard and for me to let them down like that is frustrating. I said my whole career that once I feel I can’t do the job then I have to stop doing the job. But I feel great physically, I feel good in training, everything’s going great. It’s just frustrating that this game and the LA game that I’ve hurt the team when my job is to keep them in the game. We keep that one-nil we come back and win the game. Like I said, frustrating on my part, but knowing we’ve got 17 games left and no one’s going to be working harder to try and get this right. I wanted to play another year, but not if I don’t play to the level that I expect of myself and the level that the players and the fans and the coaching staff expect of me. I will work extremely hard to try to make it better.
Then, when it was noted that his two cheaply allowed goals seemed more mental mistakes than physical:
A little bit. You can talk about the ball, and obviously the ball has gotten a lot of press from the guys in the World Cup talking about how terrible this ball is. And it is, it’s frustrating. But I train with it every day and I take thousands of shot. Yeah, there have been a few mistakes in training, but that’s what probably makes it more frustrating, that you know the ball is going to do crazy things and you’re able to react to it for the most part. Even today after I blocked it I thought I had it and it just spun away from me. Like I say, just multiply frustrated on multiple levels. Sigi said to us that it’s over and we need to concentrate on our next 17 games, and like I said I’ll be working extremely hard to get that right."