COACH PETER VERMESOn the game“It's amazing that mathematically we're still in it, which is incredible. I don't think that there were a lot of chances on either side in the game. The two that they got. I obviously want to see them again, but they weren't spectacular. You know we had a few good shots and a few other chances, but it wasn't enough on our part to get the three points. We didn't deserve the 3 points. It wasn't enough, although we had chances. We hit the cross bar, and we hit the post and all those other things you can say… It just wasn't enough.”
On the Difference between what happened tonight and during the team’s successful run“Even last game, we played great other than the goal we gave up. Credit to the Sounders. They played a very sound, organized game. I thought they did a very good job on the outsides against us where we have a lot of danger in our attack. I thought in the second half we were a little more dangerous up front because we made a couple of adjustments in our movements. But I've got to give them credit in this game. They were organized and their lines were where they needed to be.”
Were they playing for the draw?“No doubt. They're not going to expose themselves, and they really didn't. Once the game opened up with the goals, the next thing you know, we're unleashing numbers at them, and that's why they brought in a fifth defender and played with five in the back at the end there. They did a very good job of managing the out of bounds over here and ending the game on us.”What do you need to do now?“Go for broke against Chicago and hope everything else happens on the other teams. Crazier things have happened. Believe me. Anything can happen. Again, we've got to focus on Chicago. We don't have anything else other than to get three points there.”
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STRIKER TEAL BUNBURYOn potentially missing the playoffs“Definitely it's a sour pill. We've worked hard in training from preseason to now. Everyone gives everything they’ve got. To come out and lose this game…. People say we're not mathematically out of it, but obviously it is hard to swallow. We've got to get to work. We've got a game Tuesday in Chicago and then a game on Saturday. We've got to finish these next three games off strong. We need wins. That's the bottom line: we need wins.”On going down 2-0“That's how it is. It's been like that. It's plain to see that we're getting chances but we're just not executing. As a striker, I need to be scoring more than I am. I'm getting opportunities and chances. I take that upon myself, and so are other guys. That final touch and that final pass are things we need to work on.”
DEFENDER JIMMY CONRADOn going down 2-0 in the game“The last three or four games, we've put ourselves in a hole. We took a lot of energy to get that 4-3 win against Houston, and we almost conjured up the same type of magic against Dallas. It was the same in New York and now here. We just need to hit one and feel good about it. That's been the bane of our existence this season.”
On their playoff situation and missed opportunities“I think we could look to five or six games where we outplayed those teams and deserved to get three points and didn't. Seattle, in Seattle. LA, at home. Those are just a couple off the top of my head. Those games come back to haunt you. Those are early games in the season, and I think a lot of us older guys understand the importance of points regardless what point it is in the season. You can't wait until the end of the season to try to make it happen. We find ourselves in this position again. We've been in this position for a number of years now. You think we would learn from these mistakes, but you need some breaks. I don't believe in luck. You create your own luck. We just need to take advantage of opportunities we created and this is why we find ourselves in this position.”
On mathematically being still in the playoff race“It's nice that there is still a chance. I had to give you a cliché, but you just need to take it one play at a time. I thought we did a lot of good things tonight, but we didn't get the result to show for it. These are lessons to learn for this team. If we can't make something of it this year, then hopefully we can build on it for next year.”