Here's some reaction from the Sporting Kansas City locker room tonight after their 1-1 draw with Sounders FC:
Coach Peter VermesOn the very physical game...) “I think it escalated towards that at the end, both teams wanted to see if they could pull out a win. All in all from our perspective it was a well deserved point. We made a lot of changes to our lineup and a lot of guys got an opportunity to play and contribute tremendously. From that perspective we are very happy, they hit one off the post... we hit one off the post... At the end of the day I thought it was a spirited effort by both teams.”
On the result...) “Tough place to play here, our place is a tough place to play and that’s how it should be. You know, to get up here and get a result like we did. Especially because we have five games in fourteen days so it was imperative for us. Plus, we’ve got to fly out to Philly for this weekend but the good thing was that we got to rest a few guys and get ready for our next game.
On Kei Kamara...) “I knew just the travel in itself was going to be tough for him. That’s one of the reasons we didn’t start him tonight but it was good to get that thirty minutes of the game just because he’s got to get back into the swing of things and the way we play because it’s a lot different than the way he plays with his national team. I thought he was good and made a difference, especially in the aerial side of the game to put them under pressure.”
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On Jacob Peterson’s goal...) “We were up and around early on in the game and I thought we did a good job at keeping the ball alive and keeping it in their end. Jake is a very good finisher, he hasn’t had a chance to show that as much lately but he can finish well. That was a great finish by him and more importantly to just be in the place he was, his work ethic was excellent tonight.”
On the goals...) “Anytime you score within the first 20-25 minutes whether it’s at your place or someone else’s it’s very good to open up the scoring right there. It puts a lot of pressure on the other team. They did a good job. Obviously a great finish by [Patrick] Ianni, it’s hard to take that one away from him. Outside of that I think we did a great job the rest of the game.”
On the lineup changes...) “Five games in fourteen days, we knew coming in here we were going to have to go deep into the roster. I thought the guys that participated were fantastic, they took advantage of opportunities. At times we were a little disconnected in our buildup but outside of that the work ethic was great, they closed the game out, and they picked the right moments to go. We scored one goal and hit another off the bar, we had some good chances. I’m very pleased with the group of guys that played today.” Defender Aurelien CollinOn the assist...) “On a throw in it was a battle to touch the ball with my head and thank God it fell near [Jacob Peterson] and he scored. It was a very beautiful goal and I’m happy for him.”
On the early yellow card...) “It’s my game, I’m always physical. I felt like it was something I had to do, either I take the ball or I take the player. I took the player because he was about to go to the goal, it was a tactical fall and thank God I did it. After, of course you have to be careful not to get a red card but I’m a physical player. I’m not a bad player, I don’t go to hurt somebody, I go very physical but not in a bad way. I didn’t want to get the red card, but I played the same I do every game.”
Midfielder Jacob PetersonOn the importance of an early goal...) “We talked about silencing the crowd, it’s a tough place to come and get points. However long they’ve been in the league, I don’t think I’ve gotten a point here. We knew that they were on a slide and if we could get on them early, hopefully we could take them out. Unfortunately, they scored pretty quickly after that so we made it more difficult on ourselves. Getting a point is what we wanted.”
On the physical game...) “It’s just the way that some games go. We’ve got some pretty physical guys on our team and they’ve got some as well. Sometimes games go like that, especially when it’s one-one and we both want the points so we’re both fighting at the end.”