Sounders' reaction to their nil-nil result at Chivas USA:
On the match:
In the first half I thought we played well, I thought we controlled the game pretty much, maybe we were unlucky not to get one. But in the second half, they certainly came out well, they made a couple tactical changes which we had trouble adjusting to, and I thought they did an OK job. But you’re going on the road and you’re not going to win every game and so to come out of here – it’s a tough place to play – to come out of here with a 0-0 tie and at least get a point, we’re not super thrilled with it but we’re not super disappointed with it either.
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The defense I thought played well. I thought we defended together as a unit. In the first half especially I thought we did a good job of keeping Jazic… and Trujillo out of the game. That was good from our wide players. We always talk about the back four, but that was really good from the wide midfielders to get that done. I thought Parke was very good today, and overall defensively I thought we were solid.On what kept the team from scoring:
Obviously, there was a great save by Thornton on Alonso’s shot at the end there, and just the final pass, final decision kept us off the board a little bit. Some guys didn’t make as good a final decision as they have at other times. Again, like I said, playing away from home and coming into a tough place to play, playing against a team that needs three points and making sure that they don’t get three points, and coming out with a point, we’re still happy with that. [caption id="attachment_9354" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Parke"]
On the match:
It’s a bit both ways. I feel like in the first half we had the better of the play, the second half could’ve gone both ways. I feel like the team put a good effort in, It’s just a shame we didn’t get three. One point is good at least. It’s not exactly what we wanted but it’s still a step in the right direction, and zero goals (against) is good as well.On what to take from the match:
There’s still some positives [to take from the game]. You’ve just got to move on, you’ve got to forget about it now that the game’s over, we’ve got the game on [Wednesday] and that’s the next important thing.
On the red cards at the end of the game: I don’t think Leo (Gonzalez) really got too bad into it. I think it was definitely a red on (Trujillo’s) part, and maybe a yellow on Leo; but it was pretty funny-looking from my vantage point. Sounders goalkeeper KASEY KELLER On the team’s performance: It was fine, but I thought our final third just wasn’t as sharp as it’s been lately; we got ourselves in a good position, and mis-touched a trap, messed up the cross. It just seemed like it was one of those days, but at the same time I was happy with the way we worked as a team and we defended, and we did some pretty good things. Definitely it’s a positive step- we’re now nine games unbeaten and things are okay. On keeping a clean sheet without making too many saves: That’s always nice. I like it when I’m cleaning up a lot of things, and that seemed like more of what I was doing. I’m just happy with the way we’ve been playing and the way we’ve been stepping out to block shots, the way we’ve tracked runners and got out on the counterattack. It really has been an unbelievable turn around in the last eight to 10 games. On the physicality of the match: It was a physical match, but you expect that. It’s part of the game. I took a good shot to the ribs and that doesn’t happen too often and that was a little bit frustrating. Besides that little fracas at the end, I thought it was a pretty clean match. There were some hard tackles but nothing where you thought anybody was going after anybody.