Here's some more of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.
Coach SIGI SCHMIDOn the goal) I thought we lost the ball a little softly at midfield. We had some people open and the decision as to where to play the ball was not a good one. And so the ball turned over, and we had a couple of turnovers in that period of time – in those three or four minutes from like I’d say the 48th to 52nd minute we had some turnovers we shouldn’t have had. So that put us on our back foot, and then the ball skipped through. I’m going to have to watch it on tape. It looked like Johansson was going to get a shot at it, it sort of skipped up on him, Espindola reached around and took it fairly well.
On if he can recall a time this year where the number of players available has been stretched so thin…) “Obviously, the San Jose game it was pretty thin for us and that was a game we lost 1-nothing at home as well. But this league, everything is really tight. Everybody can beat anybody on a given day, so you’ve got to be on top of your game. So when you lose a little bit of sharpness – we’ve had a lot of guys that are carrying little nicks and strains, we’re playing a lot of young guys out there. You look at our team and you look at what Andy Rose did tonight, we bring in [Alex] Caskey and Cordell Cato off the bench, so they’re all young players and players that don’t have a lot of games in this league and we’re still able to be right there.”
On Bryan Meredith’s play tonight and on the timetable for the return of Michael Gspurning…) “I thought Meredith did fine. I don’t think there was much he could do on the goal. Gspurning, it’s a week-by-week thing. This was a week of him just having basically inactivity and then next week we’ll start to do some activity and ramp it up and then we’ll see.”
(On Brad Evans’ injury…) “He’s got a calf strain, so it’s the same sort of thing – we’ve got to let it calm down. The Vancouver game might be early for him, but hopefully by the time we play Columbus or the game at Chivas.”
(On getting Alvaro Fernandez back tonight…) “It was good. He was unlucky on that one run he made down the right where he beat like three guys and just couldn’t find the space to get the ball over. He was in on the left a couple of times – got behind [Tony] Beltran [and] hit a good cross, but that was one where neither of the two forwards made a run to the near post and that’s what sort of bogged us down there. But I thought it was good. He got through it. He felt good, so I think he should be ready to play full-out next week.”
Midfielder ANDY ROSEOn the game…) “I thought we had the better first half possession-wise and movement-wise and I thought we were looking pretty good, maybe unfortunate not to be up one up. Then we gave away one chance and, at this level against a quality side, you can’t do that. You still have to get shots into the back of the net. We got away from what we were good at for a little bit in the second half and obviously it cost us. Now we have to focus on getting over this and off to the next one.”
On what RSL was doing defensively to stop them…) “They have a solid back four. I have to give them credit for that. I don’t think that they outplayed us back there, but we definitely created some good moments, especially out wide with our wing play. It’s just unfortunate and it definitely hurts.”
On moving on from the loss…) “It’s a minor bump in the road for us. It’s been a tough five games and to come out of it with a good amount of points and near the top of the table is good. It hurts a little bit not to be on top, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction. We’ll get over this one.”
Goalkeeper BRYAN MEREDITHOn the game…) “I think in the first half we definitely had a lot of possession and a lot of the ball. We had some chances we didn’t put away in the first half. In the second half, it looked much more sluggish. They still didn’t have many chances, though. Unfortunately they were able to get a ball over the top and swat it home.”
(On the goal…) “It was just a giveaway in the midfield and a ball over the top, and Espindola was able to get around Adam [Johansson] and get a shot off. There wasn’t really much to the play.”
(On it being the first goal he’s given up…) “You’re going to give up goals. If you think you’re not, you’re going to be devastated when you do. It happens. You just get over it and get past it and get back to work on Monday.”
More on the goal) I didn’t really think I had much of a chance on it. It came pretty quick. Unfortunately we weren’t able to clear that ball away and he was able to get a good finish.
On if the team seemed tired) I think the whole team maybe in the second half showed a little bit of fatigue. I think we were on top of them most of the game. A couple of chances we could have maybe put away on a different night, but tonight just obviously wasn’t our night.
On if it felt odd to see the ball in the back of the net) You never want it to go in your net. That’s your job. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do my job completely tonight. Once again, you’ve just go to toss that one behind you.
Forward FREDY MONTEROThey played 90 minutes. They got one chance and they put it into the net. And that was the difference of the game.
On no shots on goal by Sounders) That’s the kind of game they like to play: Hold the line very high, and play physical. That’s all they want. We didn’t have opportunities to score. At the end of the day, what matters is you score goals.
Forward EDDIE JOHNSONCredit to their back four. They were hard to break down. They’re really physical. They really played us out of the game. Saying that, I thought we had some success out wide. But five games in 15 days kind of showed the fatigue in the second half. In the first half I thought we were able to be a little dangerous. But as the second half went on I thought we got tired. I include myself not having enough energy to get onto the end of any of the crosses that were successfully crossed in the box. I think on another night we can get something out of that game. But I’m happy with the team: We’re 7-2-1. You couldn’t ask for a better start. But games like this, these are the games we want to win. In the past it’s stopped the team from getting over the hump.
It’s not the end of the world. The guys are in a good run of form.