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Proud Philly blames errors, credits Sounders

Interim Team Manager Jim CurtinOpening Statement“I’ve never been proud anything in my life that ended in a loss before. This is the first time. I thought our guys put a ton into it, very good first half. We had a chance or two to get up a second goal. We started the second half poorly. They get the early goal, we were on our heels a little bit. I thought we had them on the ropes a little bit when they had a couple of guys go down with little bit of injuries. We had two chances at the end to win it but I think it just wasn’t meant to be. Obviously Clint and martins would pull of a play and eventually they did. Seattle is a great team. Seattle is the best team in our league. I thought we went toe to toe with them. We could’ve got a win there but I was proud of our group. The fan support was unbelievable. We had a packed house, that was the loudest I heard it. The stadium created a great environment for our guys. Apologizes for letting them down; I’ll take that blame. We deserve a trophy; we came up a bit short this time. Our guys will remember that feeling though with how close we were. They’re crushed obviously. It’s difficult but again I’ve never been a guy that’s proud of a loss. I’m the most competitive guy in the room. On the other side as a coach for the first time going through something like this, I at least understand what coaches say when they are proud of their team after a loss. Every guy left it on the field. That was a man’s game. You can look at the tackles straight from the start. Good soccer and moments of maybe not so good soccer but still just a grind. At the end of the day Seattle to their credit pulled off more points than us.”Extra time with one sub“I thought the group that was on the field was doing okay at that point of the game. We were getting chances, creating things. Amobi was the hardest decisions I had to make going into this game. He’s been great for us. He’s more defensive. Towards the end of the game wasn’t a moment we can get him on the field. Fresh legs, yes maybe, but at that point with Maidana and Nogueira going pretty well we didn’t really want to tweak with that. Again, you can second guess it but I thought that the group that was on the field was very good tonight. Amobi is a guy I am very high on and he knows that. He’s in good form but at the end of the day we went with Mo, Vincent and Chaco and that’s a tough group to crack in.”

Not starting Martins“I wasn’t surprised. Sigi in the press conference said they had a couple changes. He’s won this competition, he’s been through these battles, he has a very deep team, deep roster. Andy Rose is a kid who hasn’t started a ton for them this year but he was unbelievable today. He’s been a guy in the Cup run who’s done excellent for them. You bring Obafemi Martins in there, he’s a nice luxury. Those guys made a difference when they came in.”

About Clint Dempsey“There’s always these little plays in games. Clint he would tell you he should’ve scored that goal in the 5th or 6th minute. Then it’s a whole different game and we’re chasing. Clint’s special. He’s been through these games. He knows what he’s doing. His ability to get in the box late and his ability to hold up the ball is the best in our country. It’s no secret that he’s a winner. He’s been through these battles. Credit to him. He’s not one of the guys I liked to cover back in New England days. Again, their team is stacked. Attack wise, defending wise, I thought they were very good.”

Going forward in the first half“With Vincent and Maidana in there-it’s two guys that are comfortable on the ball. They can play 60 yard balls or 5 yard balls with each other to break a team down. They’re a handful. They created a lot for us. Maurice was great too, he broke up a ton of plays, covered a ton of ground- he’s gassed right now. My guys are crushed. We respected them but we didn’t fear them. We knew we could counter attack and get at them when they would push forward. They do throw numbers forward and they’re aggressive at it. Yedlin likes to bomb forward. Andrew had a couple of good chances getting in behind him. This is tough. This is my first time in this position. It’s brutal but at the same time I couldn’t be proud of my guys.”

Words after the game“I just told them to do the right thing and stay. I didn’t want to be one of those teams to get your medal and leave or leaving before you get your medal. Just to be respectful in the fact that it was a good game. Seattle is the champion and we do things the right way.”

Sebastien Le TouxOn what he thought the ultimate difference was tonight“Maybe a few too many mental errors. We kind of pushed the ball forward toward the end, but unfortunately we didn’t. And we didn’t play well in extra time and that’s the difference. Congratulations to them. But it’s very disappointing for us.”

On if Seattle’s experience, specifically Brad Evans and Zach Scott, played a role “Yeah maybe. I don’t know, you have to ask them. They already won this competition away at D.C. and won twice at home. They know what it takes to win finals and maybe they used that experience to win tonight, but it’s just very disappointing. Right now, we have to move on. But it’s hard, especially when you lose like that when you are so close to winning a game. We have to move on.

On what went through his mind when he saw Nogueira’s shot hit the post“I mean I was all ready to celebrate. I really thought it was going in and it ends up hitting the post. We had so many opportunities. There was a good save by the goalkeeper. I don’t know, nothing really went our way tonight, especially in the second half. That’s what it takes if you want to win the final. We didn’t get it tonight.”

On what it will take to get the team back up for Saturday“We have to move on. We have the day off tomorrow so it will be up to us to kind up pick our heads up and be ready to come back on Wednesday ready for Houston because we’re in a playoff race and we want to be in the playoffs. It’s an objective for this team and we are six games away from that. And we have to win at home and it’s a home game. So we have to get our bodies fixed and make sure we are ready to play.”

Sheanon WilliamsOn Seattle’s depth to be able to bring Martins off the bench“I mean every team brings on substitutes and we have to be able to deal with it accordingly. And we didn’t do that.”

On whether he’ll be happy about this performance“Probably not. Nobody’s going to remember who was the finalist. They’re only going to remember Seattle won. I’m extremely proud of the group. I’m extremely proud of the guys but I think I’m just going to toss this one away and remember the feeling and not let it happen again.”

On being in the thick of a playoff race and moving forward“Forget about it. It’s two different competitions and nothing we can do about this anymore. It’s over with and we have to move on.”