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RSL: Early goal + huge crowd = tough night

Here's some reaction from Real Salt Lake after a 2-0 loss to the Sounders dropped them to second place in Major League Soccer:

Coach Jason Kreis(On the game …) “I think it’s unimportant for me to talk about the refereeing. What’s more important for me is to talk about what we could’ve done differently and what I wanted to see our players do differently to handle the situation differently. Obviously to give away a goal three minutes in off what started as a throw in, it’s not good enough. We weren’t tight enough with (Obafemi) Martins. He was allowed to turn the ball basically 24 yards out in the middle of the field, switched the ball to the other side, then cross comes in and he runs in unmarked. Not good enough. Whenever you give away a goal in front of 60,000 people with a very good team like that, you’re going to be in for a very difficult night. For the most part, it was a very difficult night. I honestly felt we got out-competed.” (On if the long layoff between games played a role …) “I do. I think it played a factor. It contributed to some sloppy performances – a little bit loose with the ball, a little bit lackadaisical in our efforts. Again, I think we got out-competed.” (On if Seattle did anything differently than in their previous meetings …) “Sure. I said earlier this week that I didn’t think we’d seen the best of Seattle when we beat them two times in Salt Lake, and tonight was the best of Seattle. Let’s be fair, it wasn’t the best of Real Salt Lake. When we see the best of both teams, maybe we have a different result.” (On if this was a must-win …) “No. Of course I would’ve loved to get a result – a draw or a win would’ve been fantastic, but I don’t think it’s done and dusted. It’s far from over yet.” (On Seattle playing with four forwards at the end …) “It’s obviously a scary situation when you’re down two goals and he (Sigi Schmid) brings on Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey, but our guys stuck with it.” (On what he said after the game…) “Again, it’s important how we react. The truth of the matter is, again, I thought we got out-competed and I felt we had a lot of players that had poor games. Poor games with the ball, and it’s atypical so I think we can brush it off. We need to get back to work this week, work extremely hard and get ourselves prepared for San Jose.” Defender Nat Borchers(On the team’s performance tonight…) “I think this is one of those games we have to learn from. I think that they came out with a lot of energy – we knew they would come out with that kind of energy, and we still didn’t do enough to stop them from scoring that first goal. And then I don’t think we reacted well. We were losing the ball in some very bad spots. The whole game, we weren’t sharp. You could tell we had missed the weekend. We were a little bit rusty on the ball, and that really hurt us.”

(On whether the long break between games played a factor…) “Yeah, you know missing a weekend, like I said, I think we were rusty. We couldn’t get in a rhythm. Guys were second-guessing their passing, expecting guys to be in different spots, and we were passing the ball out of bounds sometimes. We’ve got to be better with that, for sure.”

Kyle Beckerman – Real Salt Lake Midfielder(On whether they saw anything different from the Sounders tonight…) “No, I just think we weren’t sharp enough tonight. If you’re not sharp against a team like Seattle, they can really break, and they’re really dangerous on the counter. That, I think, was the key tonight. We just weren’t at our best and we lost to a team that’s really good in their place, so credit to them.”

(On giving up the early goal…) “We had a chance here and there. We just came up short. That is what it is. Seattle is a really good team at home. They’ve done it all season. It’s nothing to put our heads down. It’s hard to come in here and get a win. We’ve been able to do it the past couple of years, but you can’t do it every time. It’s a credit to them. They’re a good team and we’ll just get back at it this week, see what we did bad and see if we can get better next week.”

(On whether Seattle did anything defensively that threw them off…) “No, I think for the most part we just weren’t at our sharpest. And if you’re not at your sharpest against a team like Seattle in Seattle, they can be very, very dangerous and they catch you on the counter-attack. It was a tough start for us to go down a goal that early and we just weren’t able to get it back.”