Seattle Sounders 2: Houston Dynamo 0 | Highlights, Statistics, Quotes, Photos

It was a match that got a little chippy. Not just in play, but in the way the players related to each other. Here Alvaro Fernandez and Brad Davis exchange "words." Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

It's interesting what a highlight package can do. While the Seattle Sounders clearly beat the Houston Dynamo, live on Friday night it felt like a game played on Charlie Chaplin film or with a stutter. The clunkiness is removed and you can see that both sides had some strong play in the 2-nil win. On replay the goal by David Estrada does look initially off target. The change from goal to own goal to goal is purely understandable and no matter which decision the scorer made it could be argued. When Geoff Cameron takes down Patrick Ianni and gets the penalty it looks like a play you'll see at least four times a match. But, if Seattle is going to take advantage of such a tight call they need a designated penalty taker and they clearly have one. Brad Evans telegraphs where he's going and puts it there with enough power he scores. Both sides missed opportunities with fortune going the depleted home side's way.

For the statistics do not show that Seattle should have won. They were outshot, though they did get enough defensive bodies in the way that if one removed blocked shots the Sounders would have had advantage. As is becoming routine the duels edge goes to the Rave Green. It is the third of their four matches where Seattle has that edge, an edge they've had in every win. On the season Seattle averages last night's 52% duels won (that includes the Santos Laguna loss with only 45% duels won). The Dynamo won the passing battle in total and by advantage and also won the possession battle. The goals on a rebound and a penalty originated from dead ball situations and Sigi Schmid's side was able to sit back and counter after that lead.

Early in the week Schmid talked extensively about trying to be a possession team. Last night the team won through a different route. "Over the course of the season you've got to win games different ways," Schmid said. They did exactly that. They did so with what many would consider a less than ideal lineup, but those shifts were both tactical and injury driven. Jeff Parke is healthy, Schmid just went with Ianni instead. Other story-lines from the quote sheet are; Michael Gspurning earning his first shutout, Estrada doing no wrong, and Evans having a minor tweak.

Two other things before we get to the raw data. Colin Clark is clearly not my brother. We have photos.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
MARCH 23, 2012 -- CenturyLink Field - Xbox Pitch - SEATTLE, WA. USA


Goals by Period12Tot
Seattle Sounders FC202
Houston Dynamo000



Scoring Summary:

SEA - D. Estrada 23'
SEA - B. Evans (penalty) 27'

Seattle Sounders FC: Michael Gspurning, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Marc Burch, Roger Levesque (Leo Gonzalez 81'), Brad Evans (Servando Carrasco 61'), Osvaldo Alonso, Alvaro Fernandez, Fredy Montero (Christian Sivebaek 90'), David Estrada.

Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Sammy Ochoa, Alex Caskey, Jeff Parke.

Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall, Andre Hainault (Jermaine Taylor 45'), Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Corey Ashe, Colin Clark, Adam Moffat, Je-Vaughn Watson (Luiz Carmargo 67'), Brad Davis, Brian Ching (Macoumba Kandji 76'), Will Bruin.

Substitutes Not Used: Tyler Deric, Calen Carr, Nathan Sturgis, Cam Weaver

TEAM STATS Sounders Dynamo
Shots 7 9
Shots on Goal 2 2
Fouls 10 11
Offsides 0 0
Corner Kicks 5 6
Saves 2 0

Misconduct Summary: Sounders Dynamo
A. Fernandez 83' (Y) A. Moffat 35' (Y)
B. Davis 78' (Y)


Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants: Ian Anderson, Fabio Tovar
4th Official: Jasen Anno
Attendance: 38,304
Time of Game: 2:13
Weather: 51 degrees and partly cloudy

Seattle Sounders FC Houston Dynamo

7

Attempts on Goal

9

2

Shots on Target

2

5

Shots off Target

4

0

Blocked Shots

3

5

Corner Kicks

6

10

Fouls

11

13

Open Play Crosses

20

0

Offsides

0

1

Yellow Cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

45

Duels Won

40

52%

Duels Won %

47%

414

Total Pass

510

75%

Passing Accuracy %

78%

44.8%

Possession

55.2%

Postgame Quotes: Sounders FC vs. Houston Dynamo
Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC Head Coach
(On the result...)"Over the course of the season you've got to win games different ways. Today was a little more one of those games where you've got to roll up your sleeves and you've got to battle and persevere. I thought Houston played very well at times and had control of the game at certain times, but I thought we showed a very good resiliency. We scored two timely goals, the goal and the PK - which I think was a PK - and in the second half I think we held our own. We should have maybe got a third [goal] through Roger [Levesque] on that one chance, but I was pleased with the way our team came in and battled and with the character they showed today."

(On David Estrada's play...)"It's going good. When it's going good it's going good, so you can shoot on goal and get a little bit of a deflection and score a goal. But he did well. You get rewarded when you work really hard."

(On Michael Gspurning's play...)"I thought Michael had a very good game tonight. He made that one save early in the game when the score was 0-0, the one that he tipped over the bar going to his right and he tipped it over with his left hand. I thought he did well. He came out and did well on a couple of crosses, ones he punched out and collected. I thought it was a good game tonight for Michael's confidence and also for the fans to see his quality tonight."

(On lineup choices...)"Well, obviously we thought Zach Scott was a good choice at right back because he's going to win those aerial duels and those battles and I think he helped us defensively, for sure. Roger [Levesque] is never going to short you on work-rate. We maybe weren't as creative on the right-hand side as we are at times, for sure. But I thought both of the guys did what they needed to do in terms of the effort they put in. I thought they did a good job of bottling up [Houston midfielder] Brad Davis. I didn't think you saw a whole lot of Brad Davis. In fact, you saw more of maybe [Houston defender] Corey Ashe coming forward. That's because we concentrated on Brad. That was really a responsibility of Zach and Roger and I thought they did a good job there."

(On Brad Evans' injury...)"He should be all right. He felt his hamstring a little bit, so he wanted to get off the field before he would make it worse. I thought today early in the game he made a lot of big runs for us getting into the box and was dangerous for us in that way and that might have been a little too much today."

(On starting Patrick Ianni for the second straight game...)"Again, sometimes you don't want to change a winning team. We won last week 3-1, defensively we did all right. It's Patrick's old team, so you're always a little more motivated, a little more geared up to play your old team. He knows [Houston forward Brian] Ching - he's trained against him on a daily basis for a lot of years. So we felt that familiarity and based upon the fact that we got a good result last week we didn't want to change the middle pair."

(On if Jeff Parke is healthy...)"Parke is healthy. He's ready to go."

(On earning a shutout victory...)"You always want to get shutouts. We talk about it. We talk about making sure we don't allow anything because we always feel confident that we're going to be able to score a goal. But it's not like, 'shutout-or-bust'. It's not that kind of an attitude."

(On the continuity of play...)"I thought it was a little disjointed at times. I thought at times we had some good combinations. I thought [Marc] Burch did a very good job in the first half of playing some balls down the line. We were trying to get behind him and I thought we did that well in the first half - there were a lot of good balls that he played. But at times it was a little bit disjointed. Part of that is also the way Houston plays and the pressure they put on you. They're always coming at you and trying to get a piece of the ball."

(On the continuity between the goalkeeper and the defense...) "Obviously every time you get a shutout it's everybody. It's David Estrada chasing back at times, it's Roger [Levesque] pinching in, [Alvaro Fernandez] Flaco I thought helped out as well defensively and did a good job of making sure [Houston defender Andre] Hainault didn't get forward, but you look at it now and if you include the Santos game we've played seven different guys in the back. But I feel confident in all of those guys and their defending. Michael [Gspurning] knows them and he's played behind them, so it doesn't make that much of a difference as to who's playing. I think they have a good understanding of each other."

(On if he will stick with Roger Levesque in the starting lineup at midfielder...)"We'll see. We've got to see how guys recover from injuries right now, where we're at, how the matchups look for us. As we play San Jose we'll take a look."

(On Mauro Rosales' status...) "He's already started jogging at this point, so it's a matter of we see how he does day-to-day. He did some good work yesterday, did a little bit today and we'll see."

Michael Gspurning - Sounders FC Goalkeeper
(On the game...) "The game was tough. We knew we had to fight today. It was a very decent game. They (Houston) showed today that they are a good team and they were not for nothing in the final last season. We knew this before, we took the fight, and we won. It's great. Maybe we can play better soccer, but on the fighting and defense-wise, (it) was great stuff."

(On defending Houston's corner kicks...) "These balls are always tough but we did our job. [Goalkeeping coach Tom Dutra] told me the whole week that those balls are coming because they have amazing corner kicks and free kicks, so I was prepared. I was prepared for it and I'm happy I've done the job."

David Estrada - Sounders FC Forward
(On his first goal...) "It was a deflection, obviously, but I think it might have been going on target."

(On what they were doing right on offense...) "We were just stretching them, I think. We knew they were going to be physical, and they were absolutely physical. I felt it the whole night - bumping, pinching - but we made them work and I think that's what opened the game up for us."

(On his celebration) "Everything that I hit is going in. It's luck, but I work so hard for it and thankfully it went in."

(On his mentality scoring four goals in two MLS matches) "It's the same. I keep myself grounded and I keep working. I think I do some things when I don't have the ball that the coaches really like. If that's what is going to keep me on the field, then I'm more than willing to do that."

Brad Evans - Sounders FC Midfielder
(On getting hurt and coming out...) "I felt it on the ball that [Marc] Burch played through in the second half and I played the next five minutes on it and just figured there's twenty minutes left in the game, better safe than sorry."

(On the place kick and being 3 for 3 last year...) "It's just about having confidence, stepping up, picking your spot and taking it. If the keeper saves it, it should be a good save. Sometimes you have to mix it up and with a little confidence there and stepping up it's a chance to go two-nothing up and create a gap for us going into halftime. It's just the same as in the past."

(On both of the goals coming from set pieces...) "That's what we work on after almost every practice is set pieces. Even though we're playing against a very good team defensively... we found a way to score both of our goals basically from them. The first one was a clearance in or out against good challenge and [David Estrada] gets a fortunate bounce on that shot. The next one was a PK on the corner kick. You don't think going into this game you're going to get two off of set pieces but that's why we practice them. We could have gone three-nil up and created a good gap but at least we get two."

(On the right side...) "It becomes a different game when those two guys are out. Through the week we had a week to prepare with Roger on the right and Zach coming in two days ago so you know what you're going to get every time from those two it's going to be hard, solid work. Is it as creative? No. Are the crosses coming in? No. But defensively it helps out a lot especially against a team with Brad Davis who was one of the best players in the league and he'll probably do the same this year. He was not a non-factor but the guys hit very well defensively against him."

Dominic Kinnear - Houston Dynamo Head Coach
(On taking away any positives from the match tonight...) "We played pretty good tonight. We had about a 10-minute spell there in the first half where we kind of lost our way up to a little bit of luck and then the penalty- I've got to take a look at it again, it's hard to tell. You call a penalty in a corner...I think every corner you can call a penalty. It's just the way it went. We lost our way for a little bit, but all-in-all I thought it was a good, spirited performance by us. We got that last little area where we weren't putting in the killer ball and that's the way the game went."

(On how Geoff Cameron was at halftime after an unfortunate first half...) "He was fine. I said to the guys in here to just get those 10 minutes out of the way, if we can get a goal that brings our way up and puts some pressure on them. We were fine at halftime."

(On earning six points out of a possible nine on their current road trip...) "That's good. I think when you take a step back, it is. But you look at tonight and you see we've lost our first game of the year, albeit to a good team. But yeah, six out of nine, winning your first two out of three - it could be a lot worse."

(On being the only Eastern Conference team to have won out west this year...) "That doesn't matter. We're just trying to beat whoever we play. It doesn't matter if it's East or West."

(On if he is feeling an extra buzz about soccer with a new stadium in Houston...) "We're still a little bit away. I think once we get to the closing week and we get to train inside the stadium...I think the whole build up to the game on May 12 there will be a great buzz about the place I think. We've been there for six years now, I think we're pretty well respected as far as a professional sports franchise, but we've always been renting and now we have our own place. I think it definitely cements us as a franchise that's going to stay and build in the community. I'm thrilled it's going to happen. I'm not too excited now because there are still four games to go before we do get that May 12 game. But you talk to me on May 10 or May 11 I'll have butterflies and for many good reasons."

Geoff Cameron - Houston Dynamo Defender
(On the result...) "I thought we played pretty well. We came out pretty sharp in the first half. We had opportunities. There were seven minutes that were bad. I don't think it was a PK...the deflection...it didn't go our way, but I thought we played pretty well. We did some good things and I think we've got to hold our heads up high. Deflections are part of the game. We should have had a PK toward the end - same call - unfortunate, but you've got to take the good out of this game and we've got a couple weekends off to be focused for Chicago."

(On what some of the good things he saw were...) "We switched the fields, we had play, one, two-touch, in and out - outside mid to center mid to forwards holding up the ball, laying off. We did some really good things. We didn't finish the opportunities. But that's something to be proud of, that we had some of our best soccer this year. Just watching from the back we played them off the clock for 15-20 minutes at a time, but you get those two opportunities in those seven minutes that we weren't really together - the deflection and the PK kind of bites you in the butt."

(On the penalty kick...) "I don't think it was a penalty. He's going for the ball, gave him a nudge like any other guy would do and what not. I don't want to get myself in trouble, but I don't think it was a PK. He got the ball, did just enough to get him off-balanced a little bit. It's just one of those things."

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