Coach SIGI SCHMIDOverview: I don’t think we played that poorly. I thought we created some chances. Obviously, final passes, final-third play, they were a little more clinical than we were: They finished their chances well. Sanna (Nyassi) would be making a lot of money right now if he could finish his chances. We had him in twice, we had (Michael) Seamon in naked, we scored a good goal at the end: I don’t know what the call was because Montero was not offside – I just watched the replay – and neither was Jaqua because he was behind the ball … It’s what we do in the final third. Sometimes we get a little bit too small with our passing, we get too tight and have to open it up a little bit. But I thought in terms of moving the ball up the field, we did a good job. I thought we created things. Certainly we don’t have to hide from playing them.
On advancing to the knockout rounds: It all depends on how the group goes. We have to see the result of the other game. You never know: Sometimes it’s less or more (than 10 points), but obviously it’s disappointing losing at home, especially in a game where we probably played well enough to get more.
On shots vs. goals: Their forwards make more money than our forwards do. De Nigris makes a lot of money and I think Suazo makes a lot of money and some of the other guys. Obviously the finishing is something that we work on all the time in training. As I said, if our guys could clinically finish they probably wouldn’t be playing with our team maybe right now. Sometimes we had some good opportunities: Montero had a good shot their goalkeeper made a good save on, the goalkeeper kept his leg out and made the save on Seamon’s shot. Some days it goes like that for you, but we continue to work on it. We continue to work on our shooting, we continue to work on our finishing, we continue to work on goals in tight. It’s something that you practice all the time.
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On Monterrey's goals: The second goal was one where I think – was he offside, wasn’t he? I think it was close and he was probably on, but I think we made a mistake trying to trap with it. And it’s a little bit similar for the first goal. The ball got deflected, so you think it’s going one way so you take a step that way and now you lose the guy by a step. We talked about it before the game, making sure that you run with players off one-twos, making sure you’re honest and you run with your guys. We were a step behind on the first one and we stepped up to trap on the second one and shouldn’t have.
KASEY KELLEROn Seattle deserving more: "No question. You're looking at two Champions League games right now where we could easily be walking away with six points as opposed to no points. Or at least four, and that's obviously frustrating. But now it's all about getting this behind us and getting ready for a huge MLS game against Chicago here on Saturday. But like you said, I truly agree with you, we definitely coulda, shoulda got more out of the game in Honduras and coulda, shoulda got more out of the game today. That's frustrating on our side because I think at times we've played some very good stuff. Balls coming off the post, penalties that maybe aren't penalties, offside calls that aren't offside, it's kind of one of those old things of that little bit just not going for us."
If slow tournament start mirrors start of the MLS season: "A little bit, where you get in situations where, yeah, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Hopefully we're keeping that solely to the Champions League and now we get back to all that good form in the league over the last 6-7 weeks."
On the prospect of advancing in CCL: "I couldn't care less, to be honest right now, with the Champions League. I'd want to concentrate on making sure we do well. Granted every time we step on the field I want to show somebody in CONCACAF that these last two games weren't our standard, that we can get that to turn around. At the same, let's keep going in the league. Let's get the league right, that's our next game we have to worry about. And let's make sure we give everything we can against Chicago because a win on Saturday would put us in a tremendous position. That's truly our priority right now is the next game and the next game is against Chicago here."
On weighing CCL and MLS: "You're always going to step on the field and give everything you can, but there's always that little subconscious that's floating around there. And that was a fun game to play, that's a good team. On paper that's the best team in our little group and a game that I think they're now going away ,getting on their plane going 'Wow, we got pretty lucky there. That's a great three point for them. That's a shame, because Marathon thought the same thing, '... How did we get three points out of this game.' But we're going to be better, our players are going to be better in the long term because of these games and because of this competition. And let's hope we start to get that little bit of luck that we've created for ourselves next time. Like Sigi said in the locker room, those 4-5 great chances we had, let's bury those 4-5 great chances against Chicago and everyone will forget about tonight."
FREDY MONTERO (via translator)On deserved better: "Sure, but we all know that soccer is about how actually makes the goals and not who tries the most."
On what prevented the offense from breaking through: "We were very anxious. That anxiety got to us when trying to actually score. They got to us twice and scored."
On advancing after 0-2 start: "It's going to be very difficult, but it's possible. As soon as we can find our rhythm we'll be able to convert some goals and they will allow us to advance to the next round."
On disallowed Jaqua goal in 89th minute: "The ref saw that I was offsides, but I saw that the player from the other team had touched it with his head. But the ref saw what he saw."