Considering the last couple weeks of results, this probably was an encouraging game. The Seattle Sounders out shot their opponents 17-9, put seven of those shots on frame and kept the Colorado Rapids from creating virtually any danger from the run of play. At the same time, it's hard to feel very good about a 1-1 tie at home.
While a tie at home is hardly the end of the world, this one was quite a letdown. The Sounders, as we all know, have some games in hand and a bunch of those are at home. The overall picture is hardly dire, but the Sounders do need to start getting points, especially at home.
This was supposed to be the start of the Sounders' run: a winnable game at home against one of the teams they are currently chasing in the playoff race at the start of a three-game home stand. What could have been a nine-point run of games that put the Sounders back in great position can still be a seven-point run, but they really need all these points to start feeling good again.
There were reasons to feel good in this one, too. The Sounders' inability to overcome giving up the first goal has been a frustrating and strange streak that had reached seven games. They at least managed to get a point in this one, which has to be seen as a positive development.
It was also good to see DeAndre Yedlin's very good afternoon pay off with his first league goal. Lamar Neagle looked a bit more like his old self, creating chances and putting shots on frame. The defense looked very good, despite missing Djimi Traore. Osvaldo Alonso was up to his old tricks.
You can only hear "if they keep it up" so many times before you want to pull your hair out, but this game did bode well. But we're getting to a point where results are all that matter. Time to start getting some of those.
COL - Drew Moor (Nick LaBrocca) 60'
SEA - DeAndre Yedlin 64'
Seattle Sounders FC - Andrew Weber, DeAndre Yedlin, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales (Brad Evans 71), Osvaldo Alonso, Servando Carrasco (Eriq Zavaleta 86), Marc Burch (David Estrada 76), Lamar Neagle, Obafemi Martins.
Substitutes Not Used: Doug Herrick, Patrick Ianni, Dylan Remick, Sammy Ochoa.
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Neagle 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Neagle, Yedlin 2); FOULS: 10 (Alonso 3); OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 7 (Neagle 3); SAVES: 1 (Weber 1).
Colorado Rapids - Clint Irwin, Marvell Wynne (German Mera 66), Drew Moor, Shane O'Neill, Christopher Klute, Nick LaBrocca, Hendry Thomas, Dillon Powers (Edson Buddle 57), Nathan Sturgis, Atiba Harris, Deshorn Brown (Anthony Wallace 74).
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Pickens, Tony Cascio, Jaime Castrillon, Kevin Harbottle.
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Buddle, LaBrocca 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Moor, Thomas 1); FOULS: 13 (Sturgis 5); OFFSIDE: 3 (Harris 2); CORNER KICKS: 6 (LaBrocca 5); SAVES: 5 (Irwin 5).
SEA - Zach Scott (caution) 42'
SEA - Servando Carrasco (caution) 43'
COL - Nathan Sturgis (caution) 83'
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Referee's Assistants: George Ganser, Frank Anderson
4th Official: Daniel Radford
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Sunny and 66 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial
Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids - Postgame Quotes
Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC Head Coach
(On the game...) "I'm proud of the fact that we came in, we battled, we fought. It was some different faces out there, but I was proud of that. I thought we played overall better than we played in San Jose last week, so there was a positive. Basically a lost assignment on the corner, the goalkeeper came fishing, as well, but we completely lost a man we were marking so he ends up heading the ball in. One mistake and they score. It was good to see us come back and equalized the game. We're not a team that generally humps it and dumps it in, but that's what we were sort of at at the end. Maybe we could have played that a little bit better if we train that more, but we don't train that a lot because we don't expect to play that way very often. [Eriq] Zavaleta had a header in that series, we were close, but sometimes too many guys rushing in and not covering the top of the 18, as well. I'm pleased that we tried to win. We made the substitution that took out a midfielder and went with another forward, let DeAndre [Yedlin] run the whole line and try to get the victory here at home."
(On the play of Yedlin...) "I thought he was better today. I thought he struggled a little bit the last time out, but I thought today was better. It looked more like the DeAndre that was playing for us at the beginning of the year-using his quickness and speed getting in there, making things happen."
(On Yedlin's goal...) "He had the shot, he had the opportunities, he scored a goal in the Champions League that was a pretty good goal, so he should have confidence in that. The main thing that he did well is he stayed with the play. The ball came back out for the header, he stayed with the header and scored."
(On the play of Mauro Rosales...) "I thought Mauro played well in the first half and some things came off of it. He had a couple of good crosses, a couple I know he'd like to get back. I think his final passes-he put Oba [Martins] on that one that Oba cut inside and missed on. He could have had an assist on that, obviously, if Oba scored. I thought today was a better game for him."
(On players potentially returning from injuries this week...) "We'll have to see how things go this week. We think Djimi Traore should be able to be back this week, we think [Brad] Evans should be able to be available for the starting lineup next week, so that should help us. I don't know about our goalkeeping situation if much is going to change there, and we'll have to see about the others."
(On the play of Andrew Weber...) "I thought he did well. I thought he did really well on the one where he came outside the box and cleared it, he made a good decision there...He wasn't really tested a lot, but made his decisions well. On the corner, I think he could have played it a little better, for sure."
(On the strategy in midfield...) "We just wanted to make sure that we packed our midfield a little bit and made it a little harder to play through midfield. The possession they had was basically in their end of the field, I don't think they had a lot of possession in our end of the field attacking-wise. It forced them to look for balls to Atiba Harris' head, more posting up or trying to flick-on, trying to get Deshorn Brown in and so forth. I thought we did a pretty good job of packing the midfield."
(On the play of Osvaldo Alonso...) "I thought Ozzie played well. I think a couple of shots he'd like to have back and take again and hit those a little bit better. Ozzie helps us in the midfield, for sure."
(On the play of Marc Burch...) "He was better today than the last game. I didn't think he looked comfortable on the left at all in the last game. I though this game he was more versatile...he got himself into attacking crossing positions three or four times, which when you look back on the San Jose game, he didn't. Maybe with more games there, and with injuries we might have to play him more games there, he can be more aggressive."
(On Burch's free kicks...) "The one in the second half was really good, the one he bent in and Lamar headed it wide...Obviously that's something he can add to our team when he's on the field."
(On the outside players coming forward...) "We tried to have both our outside guys push forward more today. DeAndre [Yedlin], obviously, got opportunities and ended up with a goal, but also we wanted to get Leo [Gonzalez] forward, as well."
(On coming back...) "It's good that we showed the character to come back after going down one-nothing, but we also have to feel it the whole time. We were a little bit the better team and we wanted to get a win today."
(On the results so far this season...) "It's disappointing, but you have to just roll up your sleeves and keep working. It's the same old thing-glass is half full, glass is half empty, you can be negative and positive, statistics can support positive things, statistics can support negative things, and they're actually the same stats and you're looking at the same thing. We have to keep working. We know where we're. We're still trying to get our best 11 on the field at the same time and get them to work together and hopefully at practice we can get that a little more, and as guys return from injuries we can get closer to that."
(On the play of the Rapids...) "I thought Colorado was trying to slow down the game from the very beginning. That was something we were saying to the referee because they played on Wednesday and so I think they tried to take the air out of the balloon of the game. The referees I don't think recognized that soon enough or early enough and encouraged them to play a little quicker. They were very content coming in here either steal a win or walking out of here with a tie. I think that was their objective today and it's the strategy that their coach sent to them based upon them playing Wednesday and they got their point."
(On the game snapping a seven-match winning streak against the Rapids...) "Those are past games and you're only as good as your last game."
DeAndre Yedlin - Sounders FC Defender
(On the goal...) "A little bit lucky. Lamar had a good shot, unlucky to go off the post. It bounced to me, hit it first, keeper made a good save, and I was lucky it bounced back and I headed it."
(On getting a point...) "It's big. Obviously we would've liked three points but one point is better than none."
(On the better play after Colorado goal...) "We tried to press them a little bit, make them uncomfortable, especially at our home. It's hard to play here; it's the hardest place to play in the country. We tried to make them as uncomfortable as we could. They had a good goal. After that we picked up a little bit, tried to play a little bit better. We just need to play that way through the whole game."
(On the importance of scoring in Seattle...) "Oh yeah, of course. This isn't just my first professional place to play, but it's my home. I was born here, so it's amazing to be in front of my family and these fans."
(On hearing the crowd chant his name...) "It's pretty incredible; it's amazing."
(On the home stand...) "I think it's good to have these games at home because it's amazing to play in front of these fans and it gives us a little extra boost to play. We all love playing here; it's sold out every game which is incredible. They just keep having our backs."
Andrew Weber- Sounders FC Goalkeeper
(On the start...) "It was good. Unfortunate on the goal; I mistimed it a little bit, the wind caught it. I got my fingertips on it; I think I killed it. Drew Moor was wide open and just tucked it away so it's unfortunate but we came back. DeAndre scored a great goal so it was great."
(On the defensive play...) "The guys did great in front of me. All four of them-all ten of them did great. So it just carried and the wind caught it, and I mistimed it and I flicked it on. It's unfortunate but we fought back and the guys got a goal. I thought we could've buried them in the first half but it's 1-1 and we'll take it, and we've got to move forward. We've got to start getting points."
(On Yedlin's goal...) "It was crazy. Lamar takes a shot; I think he's going to score. It hits the post. DeAndre shoots it, the keeper makes a good save, and then he just follows it up with a header. I was excited; I was jumping, jumping, and then all of a sudden I was like "yes" when it goes in. It was good. We tied it up there; I thought we could've went and got the win."
(On the point...) "You want three but we've got two more home games. If we can get seven out of nine we'll take it."
Marc Burch - Sounders FC Midfielder
(On the result...) "We're starting to play and look like a better squad but we've got to win. We didn't lose but we need three points when we're at home and that's we expect. All we can do is move on to the next one and get three next week."
(On breaks not going their way today...) "No, it felt like a soccer game. It's up and down all the time and I felt like we should have put one or two away in the first half and if we do that it's a different game. If you let a team hang in there and we had little bit of miscommunication on their goal. It happens but it's good as a team to fight back and at least get a tie when you're down."
(On if the team talks about being better rebounding from giving up the first goal) "No, not at all. We were looking for three points no matter what. Whoever scores first doesn't matter. It's the score at the end of the day. The only thing we can do is move forward and just look to win games. That's it."
Mauro Rosales - Sounders FC Midfielder
(On personal play lately...) "I feel okay, just trying to get confidence again. When you are getting confidence sometimes you need more minutes, more playing. I'll have to wait and try to do what I have to do in the minutes that I get."
(On he feels physically...) "Yeah, I feel very good. I think I'm going to keep going every time but sometimes the coaches are looking for something else on the field. They see things on the field better than us and they expect do the best for the team. That's why I have to respect everything."
(On interplayers with DeAndre...). "Good. We didn't' have too many games to do it. He was out for the under 20's and the games that we had. We did pretty good, pretty well. You keep the rhythm with players whenever you have minutes in games, not training. Training doesn't mean so much but we need it in games. We are getting enough and probably the next year is going to be much better than it is now."
Oscar Pareja - Colorado Rapids Head Coach
(On coming out of Seattle with one point...) "Pretty important point for us, definitely. I think the team fought through the 90-plus minutes and I have to give the credit to the boys that make an effort to get a result. We could walk out with three points for sure and that's a little of the frustration that we have, because I can sense that this group is ambitious now and they know they can win. But at the same time, we walk out with one point against Seattle and a tough atmosphere and I guess a good team as well, so we were happy."
(On the importance of surviving the early rush from Seattle...)"It's always like that when you face Seattle. You know they're going to come at you. We wanted to control the ball, but the first 10-15 minutes, we couldn't. But the team was solid in the back and trying to get control in the game and as I say, it's been a tough past two weeks because the traveling and we played on Wednesday and I have to remark the effort that the boys made and our fitness coach and assistant Paul Caffrey. I thought they made remarkable work this week."
(On what is making the difference in the defense over the past few games...)"The character, the desire. I think we are all on the same page. It seems like if Shane [O'Neill] is in the middle, if Shane is on the right for [Drew] Moor for [German] Mera who is coming in the games, everybody is on the same page. That connection is important."
(On whether Shane O'Neill is on the right learning curve...)"Yeah, because it's something that we have been pointing out on clearing the ball. When we clear it, we have to clear it hard. With him, it's like that. We all learning from the mistakes, but I'm very happy with his performance."
(On his reason for subbing German Mera in for Marvell Wynne...)"Marvell was getting tired at the end. He made a huge effort in the last game. We knew that we would have Marvell probably 65-70 minutes and bring in Mera...so it's a natural change. Shane knows the position as a right back. We wanted to refresh in the middle."
(On why he brought Edson Buddle into the game as a sub rather than a starter...)"Just trying to get some fresh legs on [for Atiba Harris] who played just 45 minutes in the past game. And Edson, we knew what he could give us, and I think he had an opportunity in the second half to give us the three points, so the plan worked well."
(On what it means to the team to get a point in Seattle for the first time...)"It's huge. We wanted the three points, because as I say, this group is becoming ambitious now. They know they can win and that experience and that personality that we have developed and cultured within the group is there. We're happy with a point, but I see faces there that they knew we could get three, and that's a big improvement."
(On whether it was his plan to sub in Anthony Wallace...)"We'd react to that game at that moment because the game was asking that someone that can have feet in the left, who can work as well, naturally, and Wally can give us that in that zone. So that way we can move [Atiba] on the right and have more solidness when Gonzales was coming out. So having two flank players that can come and work and at the same time have some feet, it was the intention. And as I say, Wally did a great job.
(On whether the team was prepared for how aggressive Seattle would be on restarts and throw-ins...) "Yeah, yeah, we knew. Because the urgency - and I'm going to say this with all my respect because we have been in that position too - the inspiration to make the things happen at home and get the points, is there. And we knew that the team, that Seattle, is going to come with that attitude, and so it was for us to control it and just work the game out."
Drew Moor - Colorado Rapids Defender
(On his second goal of the season...) "I think that I might have stolen that goal from Nick [LaBrocca]. I had a man-marking me on the previous corners and just before the goal nobody really marked me so on the next corner I stepped out of the box hoping that nobody would mark me. I think that [Mauro] Rosales shifted over a little late and it was just a perfect ball from Nick [LaBrocca]. I think I actually beat the ball to the back of the net."
(On the defensive improvement over the last few games...) "Well, first of all we got Shane [O'Neil] back and that was huge. His record speaks for itself and when he is on the field we play with a lot of confidence. I think we are just doing a better job of staying concentrated. We all have to be on the same page which I think we have been. We have a healthy competition between the back defenders and when you are training as hard as you can games become that much easier."
(On your schedule getting lighter...) "I don't think that it does get that much lighter. We have been playing a lot of games, but we have the Galaxy and Salt Lake coming. I think we only have one Eastern Conference game left. It is really important to get points right now. We have really been pushing for that the last couple of weeks. This is where we can make things easier for us come September and October. We have to be in playoff mode right now."
(On Seattle's goal...) "We needed to clear the ball further. I know that I had a couple of shots at the ball and we all just got into a mode where we were just trying to block shots instead of clearing the ball. [DeAndre] Yedlin had a couple of chances at the ball and we were really pinned down for almost two minutes before the ball finally went in the goal. We just need to clear it high and far and get up the field. We can't let ourselves get pinned down like that"
Nick LaBrocca - Colorado Rapids Midfielder
(On playing more aggressive on defense...) "I am just trying to be aggressive. I just keep looking for opportunities and taking them when I see them. We were just trying to mix it up so that we aren't as predictable. Maybe rush their decisions so that we make our lives in the back a little easier. Try to make it so that they are having to play a 20 yard ball instead of a 10 or 15 yard ball."
(On the condition of the field...) "It was playing pretty fast. Turf is already pretty fast and they wet it down here so that it becomes even faster. I really enjoyed it. [Sounders FC] does a great job taking care of everything around here and they just do it right."