Nate Jaqua made his season debut in Philly, and rookie Michael Seamon made his MLS debut. Both could be important pieces in the Sounders' much-needed improvement. And both should get plenty of opportunities with Open Cup play starting Wednesday in Portland and CONCACAF Champions League joining MLS play next month.
Here's some of what each had to say from the visitors locker room of PPL Park:
[caption id="attachment_7128" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Jaqua"] [/caption]NATE JAQUAIt was nice to get on the field, but it was very very disappointing about today, and I would have liked to have done better on the first day back.
I’m definitely having to get sharp. I’m not quite where I want to be yet. I was disappointed with myself. I think I missed a couple of opportunities that I could have done better with, a couple of things defensively I could have done better with. I have to continue to get better. Obviously, I’ve only been back for a week or so I’ve got to really concentrate to be sharper and get better.
On the state of the team) We’re still confident. We still think we’re a good team. We haven’t hit our stride, and we’ve got to figure that out. I don’t know what it’s going to take for us to do that. But we’re still confident that we’re a good team and we just have to do it.
MIKE SEAMONOn playing in his first MLS game) “It was great to get my first regular season MLS game. It was a great experience to get into this. It was good to get in but tough to take that result. It’s upsetting. It was definitely a bittersweet day for me. [. . .] It’s nice that it’s on the minds of the coaches to get me in there. At the same time, it’s upsetting that we took that loss.”
On how he played) “I felt all right out there. I only lost possession a couple times in the box, which is a terrible time to be taking a chance so I have to do better. Other than that, I thought I looked pretty strong out there. It was tough because once I got in a lot of the guys were running out of gas so it was tough to get going offensively. I would have liked to provide a spark there. It’s definitely a good start though. Getting in a game is a start to a career. I’m happy to get in but the loss is tough to take. Next time we need to win the game.”
On how his teammates think he played) “Some of the guys patted me on the back and said I did a good job but I know it wasn’t that big of an impact. It was tough to get anything going offensively for the team.”