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Sounders see path to advancing in Seattle

Here's some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after opening their two-game aggregate-score Western COnference series with a 1-0 loss at Los Angeles:

HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMIDOn tonight’s match:

“We wanted to come out and put ourselves in a position where we could do some damage at home. Obviously we would have rather preferred a tie or a win, but only losing one-nothing, we don’t feel horrible about that. We’re disappointed for sure, but we don’t feel horrible. There were bits of the game that they certainly dominated, but we were happy. I thought we had some good looks, there is the double save that [Jaime] Penedo made in the first half, right before they scored their good off the deflection, Clint has a really good look at that end of the field, sometimes it always happens in soccer and then the ball goes the other end and you take a goal. But overall, I was pleased with what we did out there. We gave away maybe a little too much possession, but I was happy.” On Seattle’s defense:“Well that goal really resulted. The start of that goal was on the right hand side of the field. They were playing three against two for us for like a minute out there, and we didn’t get a defender out there to help turn it into three v three. So that allowed the ball to get back in the middle, and then [Marcelo] Sarvas hits a shot, which I think Stefan is going to save, but if it doesn’t get the deflection you know it ends up going in. I thought Micheal [Azira] did well, the reason I subbed him out at the end is because I thought he was running out of gas a little bit and we also want to get Andy Rose in to help us a little bit. Gonzalo [Pineda] dropped in and helped us defend as well. But again, offensively it’s obvious we need to do a better job. But defensively I thought we did what we wanted to do.” On Zach Scott staying on the field:“I think we benefit a little there. I think in most games, the referee would have pulled that second yellow so I’m not going to pretend I didn’t see that or argue about that. But there were also other calls that I don’t understand. I don’t understand how it’s not a foul when [Brad] Evans gets kicked early in the first half. He’s not the kind of guy to lay on the ground and dive, so if he is down he got hit. I think one time Omar [Gonzalez] was screening the ball and he just waited for a little touch and then he fell over like who knows what and all of a sudden it’s a foul. I thought, ‘are you kidding me?’. So a couple plays there, but we were fortunate that Zach [Scott] stayed on the field.” On expectations from LA in the second leg:“The same thing, another battle. I know they don’t let you reporters in on practice so you guys can never find anything out. But I think [Marcelo] Sarvas’ situation now is a little bit in question because he looked like he was hurting. Actually [A.J.] DeLaGarza looked like he was hurting pretty bad. So if they are missing those two guys, it might come to benefit us. But we won’t be able to find that out because you guys never get to report on that.” On takeaways for the second leg:“We have always said to our team, we got to put ourselves in position in game one so that we can wrap it up in game two. We’ve always came up with a positive result when we’ve had game two at home. Last time we were in this position, we lost here three-nothing so this is a lot better. We know we’re capable of stuff at home, our fans are going to be behind us, it’s going to be packed and I think that will help spurt us on.” On being down a goal:“Accumulated experience, but also this team is a little more hardened than teams in the past. We reacted alright with a goal down. [Chad] Barrett had a couple of times where he got to the end line, had some crosses that barely missed. There was one time he was offside coming in, I think somebody else had the ball that came through on the right hand side and they tried to play back across. So I thought we created four really good chances, even after we were down one-nothing.” On LA playing wide:“Sometimes when you watch them play, they got the ball on one side of the field and the other winger standing within one yard of the touchline. So they felt they had success there against Salt Lake to really open the game up. What they are hoping for obviously is that we push out early and wide, stretch ourselves and open up the middle, and that was just not something that we were going to do.” SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER GONZALO PINEDA On the absence of Osvaldo Alonso:“I think you always miss Osvaldo, but Mike did a good job. He was very good support for me, so I think we need to move on and be okay for the next game.” On takeaways for the second leg:“I think we need to be a little more aggressive and play forward earlier because sometimes we make too many touches in the midfield and we need to play forward with Oba and Clint. But I think that is a part of these kind of games. When they are at home, they try to push too much, and maybe we need to be smarter but at home, we will be different.” On the midfield:“I think that we tried to hold a little bit. We knew before the game that they will try to push us and try to always be in our midfield, but we just tried to hold, and I think we did a good job of that. Maybe the thing that I’m not happy about is that we need to play quicker and play forward to be dangerous with Oba and Clint, but sometimes we have good looks.” SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER ZACH SCOTT On playing at home:“We’ve always played well when we are at home, especially in the playoffs with that good result. I think we are fine with where we are at, especially considering the performance we had today.” On playing with a yellow card:“I don’t know how else to play to be honest with you. A lot of times I tell that line, and today was especially frustrating considering the way the ref called the game. But that is just something that I’ve just got to deal with as a player and move on. It’s fine now going into the next leg, another card isn’t going to keep me out of the final.” On Osvaldo Alonso’s and Lamar Neagle’s potential return:“Both of those guys are integral parts of our team, but we’ve never been about one person. This entire year, guys have cycled in and out when there has been injuries or national team call ups. So we are excited to have Osvaldo and Lamar back, but that being said, we expect to put in a good performance regardless.” On LA playing wide:“They do a good job of using it. A lot of the teams try to play wide, but they can’t necessarily get the ball up there. LA does a good job of that and definitely stretched us a little bit at times, but a lot of this season, it’s been about bending and not breaking as a defense.”