Here's some Chivas reaction to their 4-1 loss to Sounders FC tonight in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal:
Defender (and former Sounder) JAMES RILEYOn the feeling if returning to Seattle for the first time) "It's obviously great. A little bitter sweet because it was not the result we were hoping for. We wanted to keep it a little more competitive than we did, but they are a fantastic team and we knew it was going to be a big challenge to beat them at Starfire. They proved their quality so kudos to them. All we can do is our lick are wounds and train for Portland next Wednesday."
On playing on the smaller field at Starfire) "It is ok. I mean I have played there before and I'm sure most of us have played on small fields at some point. You just have to know how to play it. I honestly like playing on smaller fields more. It is a fast uptempo game from minute one to minute ninety. I think they might have been a little more used to it tonight, but I don't think the small field had that much of an effect on our play tonight."
What were the holes in team's play tonight) "I think the first half was very even. We we very unfortunate to give up that goal to Eddie [Johnson]. Eddie on a breakaway is exactly what we were trying to prevent, but our lines were a little off and he finishes so well that he was able to put it in. To go down one nil at the half is very unfortunate, because we really wanted to go in tied. Then when they got a goal one minute into the second half, it was obviously a dagger. It was difficult to come back against a quality team like that, especially at Starfire. We had an uphill battle. We got it to two to one, and obviously at two to one we thought we had a chance to equalize because it is the hardest lead to defend in soccer. We thought we could have had it, but they won the critical moments on offense and defense tonight."
On receiving a standing ovation at the end) "It is great. Like I said, landing here yesterday to blue skies and green vegetation is great. When we trained at Starfire yesterday I told the guys that it was going to be fun today with the fans and how passionate they would be. I told them it would be a challenge, but a great game. We wanted to play the champions at Starfire, you can't write a better script than that, but we just couldn't get the result we wanted. The fans here are top notch, and the three years I spent here were some of the best, both on and off the field."
Coach ROBIN FRASEROn the game plan) "We wanted to win the game. Obviously with the smaller field, we knew we were going to have our battles, but I thought the first half went how we expected. It was a battle for territory the whole game. I thought that we played well in the first half, but it got away from us in the second. We made a mistake and gave up a goal late in the first half, which is hard to recover from, and then we gave up a killer goal in the first minute of the second half. I certainly thought the first half went as expected with the exception of the goal."
What were the holes in team's play tonight) "The biggest thing was giving up the second goal and putting ourselves in a hole. Then we were fighting an uphill battle the whole game. If you do that then you are going to open yourselves up and that's it. Once you start chasing the game, you create space for them and give them opportunities."
On playing on a smaller field) "You are preparing for what is going to be a physical game. It was a battle for territory and neither team wanted to make a mistake in their side of the field. Certainly as the game opens up you can start playing, but for us we knew it was going to be a physical game early."