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Mears on 3-2 loss: "We really crumbled"

By the time reporters were let in, there weren't many Sounders left in the locker room tonight after their 3-2 loss to San Jose. But here's what some of those who stuck around had to say"

MIDFIELDER GONZALO PINEDA On energy of Sounders in the opening minutes:“It was ideal trying to put pressure on them, but after that we made a few mistakes. I think after the first goal you have to keep more possession and still get pressure on them but we didn’t do that after the first goal, so those are the consequences.” On losing momentum after third goal:“I think the third goal was at a bad moment. We tried to put pressure on them to go for the equalizing goal, but they scored first on us and that was unlucky. After that we did a good job trying to keep going and trying to score a goal, and we did that, but it wasn’t enough.” On keeping possession in the midfield:“They did a good job reading our style and they put pressure on and it was a little bit harder than usual. They are a more defensive team than offensive and I think they were trying to break our good moves with fouls and I think that’s a problem because it can break your rhythm.” DEFENDER TYRONE MEARSOn first impressions of Chris Wondolowski:“You can tell he is an experienced player, but I think we caused ourselves a lot more problems rather than San Jose causing us problems. That wasn’t just in defense but that was all over the pitch. We were second to the ball, which doesn’t help. You have really got to win your battles first. We have so many players with great technical ability, but you have to win your battles and we didn’t do that tonight.” On chemistry of defensive players“I don’t think you can just put it down on the defense. Obviously we conceded too many goals today, but I think from being one goal up then they get one back, we really crumbled which is unlike us. We have really dominant players and we should be finishing the games up.” On conceding third goal:“We changed the formation. We went to three at the back with me and Pappa on the wings because of them being a man down. We needed a goal back so we tried to go a little bit more attacking and that went against us. I think we battled until the end and the game was really lost in the first half. When we go a goal up we are all experienced enough to know how to win games, but being second to the ball and losing our battles all over the pitch, I don’t think you can put it down to any individual players. The team performance wasn’t good enough. We take that as a positive now because it is a wake-up call. We have to do better.” MIDFIELDER CRISTIAN ROLDAN On what to work on:“First of all getting my first touch right, getting the pass completed and getting my confidence up on that. Then after that it’s a matter of getting down the line as quick as I can as much as I can. I got put in a right-wing, rightback situation so I just needed to get down the line as much as I can.” On being able to worry only about getting a goal after coming in:“You just come in and try to make an impact on the game. Obviously I wish Tyrone could have finished the game, but that opened up minutes for me and I just tried to make an impact.” On what Assistant Coach Brian Schmetzer said to him during game:“We were kind of in a rush because Tyrone was hurt. He told me play-by-play where to be and just tried to motivate me to get up and down the field.”