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Sounders’ Rose: ‘Never part of anything quite like that’

FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges (24) and midfielder Kellyn Acosta, bottom, collide while trying to break up a pass intended for Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins (9) during the first half of an MLS soccer western conference semifinal playoff match Sunday in Frisco, Texas.
FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges (24) and midfielder Kellyn Acosta, bottom, collide while trying to break up a pass intended for Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins (9) during the first half of an MLS soccer western conference semifinal playoff match Sunday in Frisco, Texas. Associated Press

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their season ended in Dallas on penalty kicks”

Coach Sigi Schmid

On tonight's game...

I thought we did a good job in the first half. We created all sorts of good opportunities. I think we kept them at bay. Second half, I think they picked up a little bit more space, (Michael) Barrios came to life a little bit. For them, (Mauro) Diaz got a little too much space at times to playmake, but we were hanging in thee. I think they were the better team in the second half. They brought in their big guys. We don't have that many big guys to match them. When we equalized to make it 1-1, it was just a matter of getting through those last few minutes. We were trying to get the message out to the field for (Christian) Roldan to go to left back and (Andreas) Ivanschitz to come into the midfield, but we could never get that message out to our players. We couldn't make that switch until the overtime.

On goalkeeper Stefan Frei's performance...

Stefan, obviously, kept us in the game. Penalty kicks are penalty kicks, you can win or you lose.

On the last 10 minutes of regulation...

They were throwing a lot of people forward and they had a lot of big guys in the box. They were getting opportunities to hit crosses and we weren't putting enough pressure on the ball on the service so they were hitting crosses and they were all around the goal. When we went down 1-0 we made a very offensive sub with (Marco) Pappa coming on for (Oniel) Fisher and he ends up hitting the corner that gets us the equalizer, but ten we were a little out of shape after that.

Midfielder Andy Rose

On the last 10 minutes of regulation...

I don't think I've ever been a part of anything quite like that. That was incredible. 1-0 down, especially after we got a couple throw ins and the corner kick, something inside me knew were going to score and sure enough Chad (Marshall) had one of the best games I've ever seen for a center back. He was incredible tonight. You think we've done enough to get through there, and gutted to give up a second goal then.

Goalkeeper Stefan Frei

On the penalty shootout...

We know their tendencies and what they've done in the past, and you see if you feel like their going to stick to them. If they look like they're nervous, or look like they're comfortable then that might change your take on it, but they switched up all their shots today. They finished strong and we didn't.

On the game winning penalty kick...

I think they had two that were somewhat down the middle, and so on the last one I just decided to stay in the middle and see if they're were going to react. It wasn't one of their craftier strikers so maybe the pressure was a bit more on him to put that in and he puts a lot of pace behind ball and I tried to react, but too late.

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