As for that game-changing red card on rookie Miguel Montano in tonight's 1-1 draw with FC Dallas, there were varying reactions.
Coach Sigi Schmid said he didn't get a good look live; then after seeing the replay he thought the action might have merited a red, although he also seemed to think Brek Shea sold it for more than it was worth.
However, Montano said -- through an interpreter -- that there was no intent.
“(I) was falling down. (My) intention was not to hit him – it was the motion of (my) body and if (I) made contact, it was not (my) intention. There was no explanation: I was surprised there was a red card because I thought it was just the reaction of my body as I was falling.”
Goalkeeper Kasey Keller, however, was seeing red.
“I even asked (referee Kevin Stott) after the game, 'Did it really need to be a red card? Was it that violent?" I haven't seen it on tape yet, but surely it wasn't that kind of game at all,” Keller said. “You watch the World Cup final today the great job Howard Webb did (with such a rough and important game). An MLS ref, there would've been six guys left on the field that game today. You got to just have a little common sense involved and say it wasn't that big of a deal. No one got punched. It's just a couple, little fracas, yellow cards, call it even. It's just so frustrating.”
As for David Ferreira's tying goal, defender James Riley took his share of the blame:
“That’s a brilliant, brilliant goal by him,” Riley said. “Myself or Sanna should have got a bump on him to avoid the 1-2. So we take responsibility there. It’s one of those things where we had been defending for a half hour. We dodged a couple of bullets. Kasey came up big on a great save. I thought the luck was finally turning for us.”
Other quotes from Schmid:
On Osvaldo Alonso's return: “It was good to send Alonso back in, but he hasn’t played in a while, so he was rusty postionally. It was good to have that ability to bring him on.”
“Nyassi for Zakuani because I thought we needed more energy. We wanted him to stay on the right side, but he wandered around too much for us. He did bring energy. The second move was to get Seamon off and the same with Nate (Jaqua). We understood that with Nate going into the game and when playing a man down, it makes it tougher. All of the changes were tactical.”
On quick turnaround from Wednesday’s Open Cup game: “We played well enough that they deserve another chance. The majority of these guys played on Wednesday and I thought they did a good job today coming back. Thought we showed a lot of character and a lot of fitness. We have to build on what we did today.”
On FC Dallas goal in 87th minute: “I don’t know if I’d call it blowing a late lead when playing a man down, but could have played that better. We could have taken an obstruction call. If we had 11 men on the field, I’m very confident that we would have won today.”
On Seamon: “He put a lot of heart and soul into the game. He had a good pass on the goal and had a couple of other chances. I’m pleased with his play and his effort.”
On weakened middle: “When you have injuries right down the middle of the field, it makes it tougher to manage the game because central midfield is so important. When you look at it today, we played a 22- and 23-year-old and a guy who hasn’t played in 5 or 6 weeks. So if we’re healthier there, it’d be easier to manage late. Earlier in the season, we gave up some set piece goals, but we have been snake bitten too. Today, the goal came from attrition and fatigue.”
DALLAS COACH SCHELLAS HYNDMAN(On pulling out a point with the late goal) “I think we are very fortunate to be playing up a man for more than 40 minutes. I think the game definitely changed at that time. Seattle worked very hard in the first; we told the boys we didn’t know how long they could keep that level up. They helped us out by getting a card, so we drove forward and tried to create a lot of opportunities. I think the shot count in the second half was pretty dominating. Kasey [Keller] did a great job in goal and the balls didn’t bounce right for us. We ended with a point which is very difficult to come away with in this environment playing against a great team with a tremendous crowd that they get, on a field turf that is wet. It was a difficult game but great to come away with a point.”On tactical surprises by the Sounders) “I think the big tactics was the lineup. We watched them play a few times and played them earlier and went through out notes from the last match. The lineup is very different, that surprised and we thought they would be in a 4-4-2. They are desperate right now and need points and they came out with a lot of intensity. The adjustment we made at halftime was dealing with Montero who was stepping back into the midfield when they were defending. They were shutting down our passing lanes in the first half and we wanted to stretch Seattle a little bit more and go more diagonal with our forwards. It was working OK, by being up a man it worked much better.”(On Seattle playing a little desperate) “Yes, we expected a lot of intensity, we didn’t expect them to sit back and go for a tie. The thing I’m learning you have to get your points when you’re at home; it is so hard to get them on the road. I think the league is very even and has great parity. Every week you have to be fighting. Sigi Schmid does a great job of motivating players and getting them all on the same page.
On the Sounders FC medium age being 21 years old) “I think that is a sign for the future. I didn’t realize that, I knew there wasn’t much experience in terms of playing a lot of games, but I didn’t realize it was that young. It is something the Sounders should be really happy about with their future.”
FERRERIA(On scoring the equalizing goal) “I got the ball over from the left side, I made my run inside, I played it inside to Heath [Pearce], I continued my run inside, he played my through. Thanks to god I was able to connect with the ball and score the equalizer.”