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Crew coach says loss to Seattle may hurt the most

Here's some reaction from the Columbus Crew tonight after their 1-0 loss to the Sounders, despite playing with a man advantage most of the way.

COLUMBUS CREW HEAD COACH ROBERT WARZYCHAOn the challenges the club faced tonight:You have to be patient and move the ball. You have to use soccer knowledge and then you can score goals. Sometimes it is tough to play games like this. If you are playing a man up you think that you don’t have to work so hard because everything is going to be given. We know Eddie Johnson is good player and we have seen goals that he has scored like this. I think we failed to deliver.

On team effort level:We were not playing smart. If everyone wanted to score a goal that would usually happen. Playing a man up, everyone wants to take a chance and score a goal and they miss a guy who probably is in a better spot. We had some chances where we could have scored. The one on the crossbar. Dominic [Oduro] had a chance. Those are chances where we need to score. Simple as that.

On game plan heading in:I think we started the right way. We started with two fouls and worked really hard – that is where they got the send-off. We tried to change a couple of things – playing with three forwards, putting another midfielder in, playing with three in the back, but they defended well.

On the early red card:They had some success after the send-off because they knew they had to work harder, run more and they kept some possession actually. For the next five to 10 minutes they were able to stick some passes. They did a good job of absorbing the pressure.

On the loss:This is probably the one that is going to hurt the most. Put it that way.

COLUMBUS CREW GOALKEEPER MATT LAMPSONOn the feelings after the game:I think especially with playing a man up the entire game, really we had chances and that’s the hardest thing to stomach, and when you can’t put them away, we gave away three points at home. So in that aspect it is very hard to deal with but we have to come out, we have a quick turn-around, so another home game and that is what we have to think about now

On how he feels the red card changed the game:I felt like there was a lot more space on the field for both teams, I think Seattle sat back a lot more, which gave us opportunities but we could not capitalize and unfortunately we could not get it all together to get one in the back of the net, but I thought we did well a man up, just not well enough.

On what he saw on the goal:He scored one almost exactly the same last week, we scouted it he is very good in the air, he is a national team player, when you get a player of that caliber he is not going to miss, he is going to make you pay. It was a good ball in by Rosales, unfortunately Johnson lost his mark and he buried it, so not much you can do.

COLUMBUS CREW MIDFIELDER JUSTIN MERAMOn tonight:We just had to do a little better finishing our chances. It is as simple as that.

On what changed in the game when Leonardo Gonzalez was issued a red card in the seventh minute:They [Seattle Sounders] packed it in. You are pushing for the goal right away, especially when they score, so the whole dynamic of the game changes. You are pushing forward the whole game instead of keeping it and moving it side to side. It is not as easy as some people think.

On trying to get the goal after going up a man:Yeah. Everyone is trying to help out. Sometimes there is a smarter pass than the shot. I think in a couple of chances if we had made a smarter pass, we could have been successful, but guys are tying their hardest out there.