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Sounders unhappy with loss, turn to Timbers

Here's some more of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their 4-1 loss to Vancouver:

MAURO ROSALES“This is disappointing, but have to move forward. It’s a game and things can happen. They have a good team, they have good players, and today we weren’t available to stop them. We have to move forward. Now we can do anything, now we have a very important game—it’s a derby, besides everything that we are playing for. The team has to step up, there’s no other way. Just step up and try our best to accomplish our goals.” Midfielder STEVE ZAKUANI(On his return from injury…) “I wasn’t really thinking of [my return]. When I came into the game we were 3-1 down, so I was just thinking like every other player on the pitch on our team—just trying to find a way back into the game. There was no nostalgia, it was nothing about my first game back. It was just about trying to come in and try to give the team a lift. Obviously we felt short. Like every other player in this group, I’m just focused now on Sunday, trying to put this behind us as quickly as possible.” Forward CLINT DEMPSEY(On improving as a team and individually…) “All you can do is grind, work as hard as you can. Try to make sure you’re being the best player you can be and try to help the team out. I’ve been hurt so I haven’t been able impact the games on the field. Tonight is the first 45 minutes I’ve had in a while. For me it was just about going out there and seeing where I was fitness-wise. There’s some stuff I still need to work on. I was happy coming away from the game with no injuries, after having a strain in the hamstring, but all I can do is work hard in training and prepare myself to be the best I can be for the team. It’s the best thing I can do to help the team out.” (On going into the game while being behind…) “It’s fine to go into the game [while losing] and try to turn things around, but as soon as I got into the game we conceded a goal. You can’t win games the way we conceded goals like we did tonight.” (On this recent rough patch…) “It is what it is. Everything has to do with players getting injured and going through difficult times in a season. It’s not all going to be ups—there’s going to be some downs. Hopefully it’s what we need to get right and make sure we have a good push in the next three games and make sure we get into playoffs and do well. (On the match against Portland…) “The next game is the most important, always. We got to start winning. We got to get a win if we want to get to playoffs, so that’s the focus.”