Seattle Sounders FC forward Lamar NeagleOn if this is a game where every player needs to self-assess…“Yea, I think so. Everybody is going to take responsibility for what happened in the game. I had one that I could have finished as well. Goals change games and that could have been the difference. You don’t want to dwell too much, but you want to learn from it for sure.”
On if he felt the team deflate after Portland’s two quick goals in the second half…“Yea, I mean it’s tough to transition after two quick consecutive goals, especially when we felt like we were in it at the beginning of the second half. So it was tough. Obviously we’re going to fight to the end, no matter what. It’s just unfortunate we lost a couple in transition that were in dangerous positions and [Portland] finished them.”
On playing alone up top versus having a partner…“It’s been changing a lot. It’s one of those things you just kind of have to deal with. We have injuries and guys getting a lot of minutes, so it’s something you have to do. That’s why I play the game. You don’t know what’s going to happen. Hopefully we can make a change. It was nice having [Chad] Barrett up there with me though, getting beat up too.”
On if there was anything in Portland’s game that pushed them towards the go-ahead goal…“I think it was just them winning in a dangerous position. Obviously we gave up the ball a couple of times in bad spots and they were clinical in those finishes. They had two chances right away and they finished them. So credit to them for that.”
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Seattle Sounders FC forward Andy CravenOn making his first-team debut…“It was really intense. It was fun and it was everything I could have dreamed of and imagined.”
On if there were any surprises for him going in…“I felt prepared. Been training hard and playing hard the past few months and I’m fit and ready to contribute. I’d been watching the game the whole time and keeping up, so I was aware of the intensity level it was going to be.”
On the halftime changes the Sounders made…“We kind of settled in to having the time, trying to move the ball and get everyone involved. We had a few unfortunate turnovers, which Portland did well to capitalize on. That’s kind of what hurt us.”