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Union coach: Seattle probably best team in MLS now

Here's some reaction from the Union after their 2-1 loss at Seattle tonight:

John Hackworth – Philadelphia Union Head Coach(On the result…) “It’s a difficult one to take because you came in and played well in the first half and we got up a goal. Even in the second half we had some chances to get a second one and we didn’t put those away. You’re playing a really good team though; you’ve got to give full credit to Seattle. They came back to get back in the game and Chad Marshall makes a great play on the corner kick, don’t know what to say.”

(On Maurice Edu’s play recently…) “Mo’s a good player; he’s done a really good job for us. I thought he had a good game today; the service from Maidana was excellent on the goal. I haven’t seen it but I think Brad at the end last touched it but it was a good one by Mo.”

(On Maurice Edu’s possible inclusion on the World Cup team…) “Yeah, I think he has earned that spot for sure, in my opinion. But that’s not up to me; I think he’s proven game in and game out that he’s capable of playing at a very high level. Right now our issues are our team, not so much individuals. We have a lot of guys that are playing good. We continue to make mistakes in some critical moments.”

(On Amobi Okugo…) “I think Amobi has put himself in a position where he should be a guy that, if he can reach his game should probably be included in there in the next cycle as a guy we talk about. He still has some room to improve and he has to first and foremost respond when given the opportunity.”

(On Okugo’s versatility helping his chances of playing for the national team…) “Yeah, probably; depends on what they’re looking for.”

(On what they can take from this game into the next game…) “We take way that we can come into probably one of the most difficult environments in the MLS and compete and play with in my opinion probably the best team in the league right now and we had an opportunity to get a result tonight. Once again we kind of let ourselves down.”

Sebastien Le Toux – Philadelphia Union Forward(Thoughts on the match…) “We lost again, it’s a big disappointment. We played good in the first half, we were a little bit unlucky on the penalty kick but Zac MacMath had a great save. I thought we could have got the win tonight but we got another loss. Disappointment was the feeling right after the game, it’s just very frustrating. I thought we played well but a mistake here and there cost us the game. There’s a little bit of frustration and disappointment, but we have to move forward.”

(Union’s mindset coming into second half…) “We knew that Seattle was coming and trying to push to their strikers, so we dropped a little bit of our line like the coach wanted us to do. They got a goal a little bit quickly and after we knew it was possible to win the game so we tried to continue to play the same way we did in the first half but it was a bit different with the switch Seattle made on the field so we tried to defend the best way we can but one of those plays was a score and that’s the way the game goes; but the whole idea was try to get the win.”

Zac MacMath – Philadelphia Union Goalkeeper(On what Union was expecting from Seattle coming into second half…) “Them being down a goal in their stadium we knew that they were going to come at us and they did. I thought for most of the half we did pretty well with it and a couple of unfortunate bounces, a really good goal and a header is the reason why we lost.”

(Thoughts on penalty kick…) “It was a tough situation obviously pretty early in the game, I just wanted to give myself a chance to make the save and thankfully I got enough on it to push it around the post.”

Amobi Okugo – Philadelphia Union Defender(Overall thoughts on the game…) “It was tough, tough environment I thought we came out in the first half stuck to the game plan and got a good goal. Second half we came out kind of flat, we still held firm, they got two goal off sort of mistakes and capitalize on their goals and got the win.”

(On the team’s mentality after the loss…) “We just have to keep plugging away and hopefully we can get some luck on our side. I feel like the defense has a good game and the offense struggles or the offense has good game and the defense struggles we just have to have a complete performance from both sides and hopefully we can get a win.”