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Quick Review: Sounders beat Red Bulls 1-0

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Call it the redemption of Fred Montero, or call it the redemption of Brad Evans. Either way, this was as big of a win as a team can get in the ninth match of the season.

The Sounders went to Red Bull Arena and pretty much dominated play, at least from my standpoint in a crowded bar.

Seattle had the shots advantage (15-8), the shots-on-goal advantage (4-1), and the corner kicks advantage (6-3). More importantly, they had the goals advantage, 1-0.

Montero scored a real goal-scorer's goal, taking a pass from Evans off the chest, dribbling it first with his knee and then putting it past Bouna Condoul. He did this after coming on for Sanna Nyassi in the 78th minute. Nyassi, it should be said, had the Sounders' two best scoring chances before being subbed out for Montero.

Evans had another solid game -- and I'd like to make clear that I have not defended him because of effort, but because he's created opportunities. He made a bunch of great runs, and had nothing to show for it once again. But he did make a great pass that set Montero free. I've really liked the stuff Evans has done this year and this game was just another example of what he's able to do -- unfortunately one of those things does not appear to be scoring.

The Sounders defense also did a job on New York. Salou Ibrahim was rendered completely ineffective, Juan Pablo Angel was severely limited and the closest thing Joel Lindpere had to a highlight was his dive in the penalty area that probably should have resulted in some kind of card.

This was a win the Sounders needed badly, as much for their psyche as for their place in the standings. Seattle jumps ahead of FC Dallas and Chivas USA and are just one point out of playoff position.

A loss would not have been the end of the world, but a win certainly allows the Sounders to face the suddenly decent Earthquakes feeling good about themselves.

Stats and updated with quotes after the jump. 

Scoring Summary:

SEA - Fredy Montero (Brad Evans) 85

New York Red Bulls: Bouna Coundoul, Jeremy Hall, Mike Petke, Tim Ream, Danleigh Borman, Dane Richards (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 56), Carl Robinson (Tony Tchani 87), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler, Salou Ibrahim (Brian Nielsen 52), Juan Pablo Angel.

SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 2; FOULS: 18; SAVES: 3.

Seattle Sounders FC: Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyrone Marshall, Leo Gonzalez, Brad Evans (Pat Noonan 89), Patrick Ianni, Peter Vagenas (Nathan Sturgis 65), Sanna Nyassi (Fredy Montero 78), Steve Zakuani, Freddie Ljungberg.

SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 6; FOULS: 8; SAVES: 1.

Misconduct Summary:

NY - Jeremy Hall (caution; Reckless Tackle) 35

NY - Danleigh Borman (caution; Reckless Tackle) 39

NY - Seth Stammler (caution; Dissent) 71

SEA - Tyrone Marshall (caution; Dissent) 71

SEA - Steve Zakuani (caution; Reckless Foul) 93+

 

Referee: Silviu Petrescu

Referee's Assistants: Philippe Briere; Daniel Belleau

4th Official: David Gantar

Attendance: 17,900

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Partly Cloudy and 72 degree

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID 
 
On Fredy Montero coming off the bench: 
“I’m sure Fredy wasn’t happy sitting in the bench and it’s not a secret, he wants to be out on the field he wants to play. But I think he came in and he battled and he fought right away. And he has that ability, that little bit of skill, that little bit of calm at the key moment and he finished a great goal. It was a great ball by Brad (Evans) and a great goal. I’m very happy for Fredy.” 
 
On Fredy Montero: “I told him yesterday, ‘You’re not starting, but the minutes you do play are going to be the most important minutes of the game, and you can impact the game.’ And he said ‘Hey, I want to make a difference when I come in the game,’ and he did.” 
 
On why Montero did not start:  
“It’s just a situation that, unfortunately, the game of soccer requires work. And even the best players in the world, if you look at Lionel Messi, if you look at Cristiano Ronaldo, they cover a lot of ground in a game. They’re very skillful. They’re very technical but they cover ground. Fredy just got into a habit where he wasn’t quite active enough. The talent is always there. The ability is always there. He just wasn’t getting into the box where he can be most dangerous. I thought what he came in and did was tremendous. Hhe played with energy which was important. But he has the skill that he can transform that energy into great things.”

On Brad Evans: 
“You wish you could combine Brad with Fredy Montero’s little bit of skill. But Brad does so many things. I ask him to play center forward, he plays center forward. I ask him to play right wing, he plays right wing. He’s played midfield, right back for us. He’s an unsung hero. He leaves his lungs out on the field for the guys and he doesn’t stop until he can’t go anymore.” 
 
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC FORWARD FREDY MONTERO 
 
On his chemistry with Freddie Ljungberg: 
“It is a good one. Everyone in this team is committed to running. Everyone looks at him to be the catalyst for the team but everyone in this team is capable of playing at a high level. We have a partnership on the pitch to defend and to do our best, but off the pitch we don’t speak the same language so it makes things difficult to communicate.” 
 
On his possibility to play in Europe: 
“As of right now I don’t know anything. I got my agents working on that area. I had a press conference saying I was committed to Seattle. But everyone’s dream is to play in Europe… There are a lot of rumors but I haven’t heard an official proposal. All I can do is do my job, score goals and play at a high level in the MLS.”

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER BRAD EVANS 
 
On the match: 
“A good result for us. Both teams coming off 4-nil drubbings. It’s always good to get a result like that, especially away. A very physical match. It was something we focused on in practice. We knew they were going to play physical at home. So I think our practices reflected the way that we were going to play and what we expected as well. A good turn-around and an inspirational win from front to back.” 
 
On the game’s physicality: 
“Physical nature of the game. They commit a foul and Tyrone (Marshall) sees me quickly. Just turn, touch and Fredy (Montero) was open there. He took a touch and then just a class finish. He’s a goal scorer. That’s what he does. So in that situation, you couldn’t have anything more.” 
 
On the tight matches against the Red Bulls: 
“Every game has been extremely close, besides the home opener last year. But it’s a different team than you’re seeing from them. In the back they keep you on your toes as a forward. Any inch they can get forward they’re pressing forward to get you offside. Things have changed for them in the back and that’s good for them. But luckily we got our goal.”

NEW YORK RED BULLS HEAD COACH HANS BACKE 
 
On the team’s performance: 
“I would say it was an even game. None of the teams created many chances. It was more of a battle today. We defended OK, but our problem was the attacking game. The final third we didn’t come through in our attacking game.” 
 
On the positives of the game: 
“The first ten minutes there was some good possession but we lost possession. The rhythm in the passing game wasn’t always there. In a way there were some good things even if you lose a game, but the final third is our problem.” 
 
On the overall quality of play: 
“I think we defended well but the attacking game was not quality. It was more of a battle. It was an average game in a way as far as the battles.” 
 
NEW YORK RED BULLS MIDFIELDER CARL ROBINSON 
 
On today’s game: 
“Two very decent teams, hard fought game and not many chances. It was a super goal by Fredy Montero. You hold your hand up. We lacked in the final third today and it was something we have to work on.” 
 
On starting and playing most of the game: 
“I felt fine. I had one crunching tackle, which hurt me a little bit. We’ll see how I feel in the morning but it’s disappointing to lose the game.” 
 
NEW YORK RED BULLS DEFENDER JEREMY HALL 
 
On what the team can improve on: 
“We definitely want to work on hitting the back of the net because that relieves a lot of pressure. We were doing that a lot when we were on our winning streak. We got to bounce back. We have another one on Thursday and get three points there.” 
 
On the team’s outlook after the second straight loss: 
“I think this team is good. We obviously want to improve in certain areas. We can get it together. We had two losses in a row but there’s no need to panic.”