On the general incident:"In every game there’s lots of altercations in the box and the referee can more or less call a penalty kick on every corner kick if they wanted to. So, it’s a tough call for him to make."
On Joseph going down like he stepped on a land mine:"I’ve seen the video and seen his reaction. I was definitely surprised to see he – like you said – stepped on a land mine."
On if MLS is sending the message that slapping is OK:"I went home, I was ducking from my wife, it wasn’t good. … No, really, it’s stuff that happens in a game and not been called for it. I remember Shalrie got me once here at Qwest as well – caught me in the face and I was bleeding, got stitches from it, and maybe they gave him a yellow card from that. But you would think something that violent would be a red call. It’s all part of the game and everyone takes hits sometimes that aren’t punished as you would think."
On Petrescu's explanation:"I was just expecting from being hit in the face twice – on the play, the slap, and then there was about 30 seconds before that was another time when he got me on the face, too. So I was just more or less surprised. I don’t remember what he said, but I was surprised that there wasn’t giving him some kind of booking. So I was just surprised and then he said that we need to shake hands and go on with it. You can say as much as you want about the referee, but I think that he handled it well. There’s a million different things he could have done in that scenario, and he was in a tough position, the referee. They always are, and I thought he didn’t make a terrible decision."
On if there is a personal history between him and Joseph:"I think it was more of a case that they’re desperate to get back in the playoff picture, and we’re desperate to keep pushing ourselves up in the playoff picture. So I was a case of it was a playoff-type game, and all over the field we saw battles."
On if he made contact with Joseph before the slap:"There was a little altercation. I did touch his foot, but like we said before, the reaction was not of that severity."
On why he belatedly went down:"I was hit hard. At that part when I saw the referee was not going to do anything about it, I was more or less shocked. My reaction wasn’t necessarily to the blow itself, but of my shock to the referee’s decision on it at that point in time. But looking back on it … I think the referee did the best he could at that point and time with his decision."
Meanwhile, coach SIGI SCHMID said he hopes the league eventually gets a clear look at what happened:
"Probably the only people who saw that were the people in Seattle," Schmid said. "Our broadcast on KONG showed that very clearly. When you look at it on the broadcast that the league used – which was the broadcast that they had it New England – it was very unclear. You really couldn’t see anything, it was off to the edge of the picture. You just saw both of them eventually fall down, but you couldn’t tell what happened. We’re trying to get the league to look at our broadcast, and then they can draw their own conclusions."