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Chivas: Seattle among best in MLS, maybe best

LogoChivas[1]Here's some of what Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera had to say this afternoon after his club lost two leads and fell to the Sounders, 4-2, at CenturyLink Field.

On the game…) “We came to play an even game, and it was a good game. The intensity was good. We created options and we scored two goals, but it’s sad that we ourselves deflected the ball in one occasion for them to generate the ball – in two occasions. In the second goal, it was a deflection coming from us, and in the fourth goal, another deflection, but it’s part of the game. They’re a very good team, they’re one of the top teams in this league, if not the best. At least no doubt with the mentality, with the intensity that the players put on the field, we watched and we enjoyed a good game.” On his team’s mentality going in to this game…) “It is important that the players understand that the only way for us to get out of this slump is getting on the field and put intensity. We cannot just go over there and give up right away because we receive one goal. We’ve been talking, they’re committed and right now, what we need to think is if we can play the next four games with this intensity, we’re going to win some points because we have three at home. That is important. Sadly, we’re going to lose now [Erick] ‘Cubo’ [Torres] again for one game and we’re going to lose Marvin [Chavez], but I think that the seed was there. We came with intensity, we played the top team in this league even, we scored goals but we have to improve the lack of concentration when we have to tackle the ball. We have to win those tackles. We have to win those battles right there, because they were good in the finishing.”

On Torres breaking Chivas’ all-time record in scoring in a single season…) “He’s been important for us. Every time we have him, you know, that’s why he is the top scorer for us. When we don’t have him, it’s difficult. He helps us to score goals, and he helped Felix [Borja] to move and feel more comfortable. It’s always important to have Cubo because it’s been great for us. Now, we have to continue thinking that now we have three games at home and we have the possibility to get out of this losing streak.”

On introducing Matthew Dunn into his starting lineup…) “He showed personality. He was tackling the top players in this league and he was playing even, so that’s what you expect from him and that why Matt Dunn was today in the starting lineup, because he has earned that right to be on the field. It’s a young player, but it’s a player that is going to be important for this franchise.”