Coach SIGI SCHMIDOn Seattle’s 1-0 loss to Sporting KC…I’m disappointed. I thought we deserved to get something out of the game tonight. I don't think we deserved to win but I think we deserved at least a tie. We scored a goal that was perfectly onside and got taken away, and that’s never a penalty. I’m sorry, but when the goalkeeper comes out to punch the ball, it’s never a penalty. But those are the way things go. I’m proud of my team. I thought we had some really good looks, some really good chances.
On Seattle’s offensive approach to the game…
We were looking to counter-attack. We got some good counters early. We had that ball that Marco Pappa played into Neagle and Neagle was in on Melia. We knew we could get something on set pieces. We were dangerous on our corner kicks and our free kicks all game. So we had some opportunities there as well.
On what he expected of the match from Sporting KC…We expected they weren’t going to change very much. They played Zusi up front but he ended up dropping in a little bit more, so they didn’t have a traditional high player. Nemeth was obviously missing for them; he’s played very well. It was not unexpected.
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On what his plan for the match was with a depleted roster and new formation…Based on the personnel we have, we thought we were better off playing a 4-2-3-1 because that fit our personnel better. We weren’t trying to match up with KC or anything like that. We were just trying to play a better formation for the guys that we had on the field. At the very end we went back to a 4-4-2, with Darwin Jones up front.
On Tim Melia’s performance for SKC tonight…He made some good saves. He played well for them.
Midfielder ANDY ROSEOn Seattle’s 1-0 loss to Sporting KC…
It’s a tough pill to swallow, for sure. We got robbed from what I saw and what all the guys are saying. Sounded like Lamar (Neagle)’s goal was onside, which is the first big decision of the match, a little bit contentious. And then obviously from our point of view—we haven’t seen it—but (Stefan Frei) gets the ball. In a match like that with two good teams at nil-nil, you feel like you have to be really sure to make a big decision like that. So there’s obviously a lot of frustration in the dressing room.
On Seattle playing shorthanded…Right now the guys are frustrated, but we’ll look back on it and look at the positives. Obviously we had a lot of key players missing and had guys who had to play in different position and put in a good shift against a really good team. I feel like we had some good chances in the first half. I don’t think they had too many opportunities. We defended well, and we’re pretty proud of that, but obviously it’s all about the result.
On the competitiveness of the match…It was certainly going to be a night of [tough] mentality and just going out there and doing the job for the team. It was tough; there was a lot of running and obviously they’re a good possession-based team. They had guys in the midfield who were very talented on the ball, so there was a lot of running—a lot of tireless work from a lot of the guys. And again, after an effort like that, it’s disappointing.
On attacking midfielder Thomas Thomas Jaguaribe making his Seattle debut…He’s a top player. He obviously has a great amount of experience for a young guy. He’s technically very gifted—calm and composed on the ball. With guys missing and guys going away for the Gold Cup and whatnot, it’s fortunate that we have guys who can step in and do the job.
Defender DYLAN REMICKOn the post-game atmosphere in Seattle’s locker room…
A lot of it is just stunned silence. We played a pretty good game defensively. Offensively, we had a goal that got taken back—we’ll have to see a replay on that. And then the (penalty kick)—we’ll have to see a replay on that. It looked like (Stefan Frei) made a clean save on that. It’s unfortunate and a little heartbreaking. I felt like we deserved a point.
On Stefan Frei’s penalty kick call…I saw (Frei) hit the ball and then Dom [Dwyer] ran into him. Obviously it happened so fast. From my point of view, when the ball was played inside the box, Stef made contact to it.