Here's some Sounders' reaction to their 7-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester United. As usual, Kasey Keller's candor says a lot.
KELLERThoughts?) "You ever hear the cliché 'a game of two halves'? It was kind of that a little bit, wasn't it? Hopefully it's a learning experience because we some young guys out on the field in the second half because everyone thinks they can play in the Premier League in America. Everybody think, 'Oh, if I just got the break, if I had this or if I had that, that I could be there.' Actually no you can't, and you need to learn to figure that out. I was talking to Sir Alex afterwards walking off the field. They're one of the best counterattacking teams in the world and we gave them all this space in the world to do exactly what they're best at. You got to learn. You got to adapt. You got to figure out how things are going in the game and make it right. Second half was extremely disappointing, but (Ferguson) was very gracious. He said the scoreline wasn't indicative of the result. That's a nice little comfort because we had great chances. He knows their keepers made some good saves. You saw how clinical Wayne Rooney is in the box. You give me that chance I'm going to bury it and they did exactly."
On Michael Owen's first-half goal) "I'm sure he's scored on me once or twice, but I always had great results against Liverpool everywhere I was. He might've scored on me actually for Newcastle. Michael's been a great player. It was nice to be able to come up with that save against him there and keep it tight there before the second half."
What did he say?) "I can't remember what he said. He said something to me and then I said something back to him when he cleared the ball off the line for us. We have a good little running commentary, but like I said, he's a good guy. He got his goal and it was nice to be able to make the save."
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On first half) "I think what was extremely disappointing once again is as well as we played and what chances we created we weren’t able to give our fans that goal. We did the same thing against Chelsea. We had chances to get a goal against Chelsea ... We had chances against Barcelona, the same thing, we just couldn't make it happen. It's frustrating. It's disappointing and I know Sigi's embarrassed for everything that happened in the second half. But hey, I've been on a Premier League team and had my ass handed to me 6-1 against their team, so it's nothing to be necessarily too disappointed against. We just know we could've done better and we know our players could've done better and that's the most frustrating thing.
LAMAR NEAGLEOn the match) “We definitely wanted to play better and show a little bit more, but it is what it is. We’re still in the middle of the season, so we just need to think about that and focus on our next game.”
On if there is anything in particular as to why the match got out of hand in the second half) “It was a combination of things. It’s tough coming on in the second half, they still have the same guys on, we have six of seven new guys coming on, we’re trying to get our defense working together, and we’ve been kind of breaking on it. They’re fast breaking a lot of the time and it’s kind of hard to keep track. You can see their level. It was definitely unfortunate, it kind of got out of hand.”
On the feel of the match) “it’s still a great experience. It’s still something to remember. I’m a young guy in the beginning of my career, so it’s nice to get these games in and play against these guys. But definitely not the kind of experience…we don’t want to remember the 7-0, but it’s still nice to say we played against these guys.”
PAT NOONANOn the lopsided play) “It was just embarrassing. Unfortunately we embarrassed ourselves. We need to forget about it as soon as possible and understand that we need to get those opportunities. Against a team of that caliber you can’t put together performances like that. We were meant to enjoy it and it just didn’t turn out that way at all.”
On his missed opportunities) “I’ve got to put those in. They’re close range, keeper right in my face, but I’ve got to put them in the corner where he can’t make those saves. Even though we’re playing Manchester United, those are goals you should finish. I guess you could say it’s ‘one of those nights’, but those were times where we could have maybe turned it around a little bit, and I wasn’t able to do that. It was frustrating.”
On when the game became un-enjoyable) “Very early in the second half, giving up an early goal. Pretty much everything to do with the second half. Not tracking runners, not connecting passes, everything that you can do when you’re playing any team, much less Manchester United. Unfortunately it wasn’t a very enjoyable situation.”
On if Manchester United ran up the score more than they needed to) “No, that’s on us. Absolutely not. If I’m on that side of things I’m doing the same thing. You’ve still got to play. You’re not going to stop playing in this game and just connect 10 or 15 passes, if you have a chance to go to goal you go to goal, and they did. They were clinical in front of the net and we weren’t. But b y no means were they running it up. We should be able to avoid a 7-0 defeat, we’re a good enough team. It’s disappointing.”