Here's some of what the Whitecaps had to say today after losing two leads on their way to a 2-2 draw with the Sounders:
Coach MARTIN RENNIEOn the match) “It was an exciting game for the fans. Both teams put a lot into the game. For us, it was one of the best performances of the season. We showed a lot of passion, hunger and quality at times, but it’s a bit disappointing not to come out with a win. We probably had three one-on-one chances and didn’t hit the target and that’s disappointing at this level because that makes a big difference to the game. We also lost a goal in the 90th minute through poor defending. It was a fantastic strike by Montero. We played well enough to win the game today, but at the same time we made a bunch of technical breakdowns which cost us the win. This afternoon was a day to see how far we’ve come so far, especially against one the league’s top teams.”
On Montero’s tying goal) “It was a cross from the right hand side, which we needed to stop. Second of all, Montero got between our defenders and that’s criminal because there was no one on the further side for us to mark. We dived in a little at the edge of the box and he was clinical with his finish.”
On Darren Mattocks) “I thought he was fantastic today with his movement. Obviously he has to improve on his finishing. He caused a lot of problems along with Omar on the other side. You have to give guys a chance to see if they’re up to the level and those guys absolutely showed they are. They will be exciting top tier players for the Whitecaps over time and it’s exciting for us to have them and it’s also great for us to have Camillo and Hassli to come on. Darren is a pretty clinical finisher normally, but he has to continue working on his game. He will get goal scoring chances because of the pace of his play and his ability to hold the ball. Everything aside from the two missed chances was excellent. Perhaps he’s a bit rusty, but it’s probably the biggest game he’s played in his life and I thought he handled it fantastically well.”
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DARREN MATTOCKSOn his scoring chances) “Seattle’s a very good team and a physical team. For myself to create so many chances is really good for the team. I think we’re up there with the best teams in the league. We’ve just got to move forward from here and see what next week brings in Toronto.”
On coming back from his injury) “I was excited and I gave my team a good start. This is my first start of the season, but give me a couple of games and I’ll be firing on all cylinders.”
JAY DEMERITThoughts on the match) “Anytime you end a game in a draw, it feels like a loss. That’s the best we’ve played all season and it’s a great thing to build on. If we play like that every week then I think we’ll come off on the winning end a lot more than other times. It was kind of a bittersweet game. We still got a point and that’s a positive. It’s better than losing the game, but when you tie games like that, it hurts a little bit more, so hopefully it’ll give us some fire heading into the next game.”
On the teams’ rivalry) “This is what it’s all about. These Cascadia Cup games are really important for the teams, but also for the fans. I really enjoyed the atmosphere down to the battle. We had a couple of chances to finish the game and we didn’t do that, but those are great learning experiences. It’s good to have that at the beginning of the season. We look forward to the next one”
ALAIN ROCHATOn the match)“In BC Place, we don’t fear anyone. No matter who’s coming, we try to play our game and continue to focus on winning. We were close to a big win this afternoon, but we have a lot more games to play.”
On his goal) “I was surprised to go through everyone. I was looking for an option, but it was open for me to go straight to the goal so I didn’t hesitate.”
DAVIDE CHIUMIENTOOn the match) “I thought it was a good game and maybe one of the best from our side. Against Toronto, I don’t think we played a great game, but today after the game, I think we played our best game. For our fans and people that came to the game, I think they saw an exciting game."
Thoughts on his play) “Maybe it’s my fault, but I have to understand that fouls here are different than in Europe. A couple of referees need time to blow the whistle. Sometimes I thought I was fouled, but if they don’t want to give it, it’s ok.”