Here's some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their 2-1 stoppage time loss to the Columbus Crew:
Forward KENNY COOPER(On how hard it was to lose like that at the end…) “It was a tough one. Like you said, the guys put a ton of work in. Having the lead was good and unfortunately got a red card and weren’t able to hold on at the end. The guys fought hard and you’ve got to give Columbus credit for fighting back the way they did.”
(On Columbus taking the game to them…) “Yeah, they seemed intent on trying to play good soccer and keeping the ball. They’ve got good players obviously – Higuain, I think, is one of the best in our league. To give them credit, they fought till the end. They had a man up, but they battled till the end. I thought we battled to the end too, and you know, unfortunately, we walk away with no points.”
(On scoring his first goal for the Sounders…) “It always feels good to score, whether it’s yourself or your teammate. It’s one of the best feelings in the game. In front of these fans, obviously, it’s that much more special. It was a great team build-up. Oba [Martins] put me in so well and I’m just glad it ended up in the back of the net.”
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Forward LAMAR NEAGLE(On a frustrating loss...) "Yeah, it's frustrating obviously. to get scored on in both the circumstances; the penalty kick, and then towards the end not being turned on and they get a quick corner kick right at the end. It's very frustrating I think, especially after the first that we had. I feel like it was one of the better halves that we have put together as a team. I definitely had a couple of chances that if I bury then it's a different story. I rather win ugly than look good and end up losing at the end." (On if he thought the second corner kick was being sorted out by the referee...) "I mean in a circumstance like that. There was a scuffle kind of towards the end of the line and then all of a sudden the ball is in play. We can't do anything about it now." (On how much does he look back at the first half and think about the miss chances...) "It's definitely going to be on my mind all night and all tomorrow. It's one of those things that, like I said if I put some of those chances away, I had plenty, then it's a completely different story. The game is deflated, they're out of it, they're away from home and we're up two, three goals. Yeah it's frustrating thinking about it." (On how did he think the team handled playing with 10 men...) "I thought it was alright. I think we kind of pulled together. I should've dropped in towards the center probably a little bit earlier than I did, then coach brought me back in and told Oba (Obafemi Martins) that he should stay high and I should come in the middle. So I thought that kind of handled it a little bit better. They didn't have as much of the play closer to our goal. We're still trying to get a win out of it, trying to salvage anything that we can." Defender CHAD MARSHALL(On how did the handle playing with 10 men so well and what was the break down in the end...) "They had a close chance there before the corner. We just didn't react well enough, they had been playing it pretty quickly all night and unfortunately we feel asleep there on the last kick of the game and it kills us. So it's frustrating." (On how do you go about getting over a loss like this...) "We'll look for the positives. I thought before the penalty kick we were fine, we were doing alright. So we'll look at the positives, learn from the mistakes, obviously we have a big game coming up this weekend so we have to learn from it and just move on." (On if it feels like missed opportunities early came back to hurt them in the end...) "It's always nice to get early goals, but we have to be better at seeing out the point."
POSTGAME NOTES:* Sounders FC is now 4-2-3 in nine all-time MLS regular season meetings against the Crew.* Kenny Cooper scored his first goal for Sounders FC, and has a goal and an assist in his last two games. He last scored on October 5, 2013, in Dallas' 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake. Cooper ranks 18th in MLS history with 73 career goals.* Obafemi Martins recorded his team-high second assist of the season. He has recorded a point in three-straight games for the second time in his MLS career, totaling one goal and two assists.* With his substitute appearance, defender Leo Gonzalez became the fifth player in club history to make 100 MLS regular season appearances for Sounders FC.* Midfielder Micheal Azira made his first MLS start. He made his MLS debut last Sunday at Montreal, playing the final 24 minutes as a second-half substitute.* Defender Jalil Anibaba made his club debut, entering the match in the 60th minute. A total of 10 players have made their club debut for Sounders FC this season.* Sounders FC honored NASL Sounders defender Mike England as part of the club's 40th anniversary celebration.* Both teams wore black armbands in honor of former D.C. United midfielder, Shawn Kuykendall.* Seattle's next three games will be on the road, with the next home match on April 26. Seattle's next four opponents are teams from the Western Conference.