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Mike Fucito Tops Marathon Two-Nil - Sounders Get Three Points of Pride (stats and quotes)

The Young Vowels got their starts in another CONCACAF Champions League match. While down in Monterrey only one got on the scoreboard, but all had great games. Tonight, there may have been three Young Vowels on the pitch, but it was one who declared that he should no longer be in the discussion as a Reserve.

It wasn't just the two goals; Mike Fucito was clearly the focal point of the offense in the first 30 minutes of the match, with most attacks running through his feet. His first goal though wasn't from the run-on-play, but instead from forward defense. He saw a casual pass and pursued with speed claiming the ball from the defender and slapping a solid shot on volley into the net from about 17 yards out.

For the final 15 minutes of the first half, and the first 15 of the second the match was relatively even, though Seattle created more opportunities - winning more corners, and more shots on goal. But it was a set-play goal from 18.1 yards out that Fucito used to declare that tonight was his night. A blasted shot with curve that froze the keeper and placed it in the near corner.

He did leave the pitch with an injury. It has been reported that there was an ankle. We'll wait for positive minor news.

We also got a long look of Alvaro Fernandez in the Central Midfield. He had the composure of Peter Vagenas, the tactical awareness of Brad Evans with solid vision. Its clear that he is the future CM within Sigi's Arrow. An Alonso-Fernandez pairing will control the midfield as well as move the ball forward.

While Seattle can't advance out of the Group Stage, with this win they can have some pride in their performance and not go down in the records as another winless MLS team. A win in two weeks over Saprissa would send a warning to the region that this year Seattle was young on the international stage, but in 2011 the team will be stronger, better and able to threaten.

Stats and quotes on the jump

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Seattle Sounders FC





Scoring Summary:


SEA -- Michael Fucito (unassisted) 21

SEA -- Michael Fucito (unassisted) 68


Marathon -- Orlin Vallencillo, Astor Henriquez, Mariano Acevedo, Erick Norales, Milton Palacios (Rony Flores 72), Mario Berrios, Adolfo Machado, Carlos Palacios, Elder Valladares, Hector Amarilla (Randy Diamond 73), Carlos Mejia.

Substitutes Not Used:
 Shane Orio, Luis Crisanto, Reiniery Mayorquin, Orvin Paz, Mario Rodriguez. 

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Carlos Mejia 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Erick Norales 1, Mario Berrios 1); FOULS: 15 (Carlos Palacios 4); OFFSIDES: 4 (Mario Berrios 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Mario Berrios 4); SAVES: 5 (Orlin Vallencillo 5)

Seattle Sounders
 -- Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Tyrone Marshall, Taylor Graham, Tyson Wahl, David Estrada, Mike Seamon, Alvaro Fernandez (Peter Vagenas 62), Miguel Montano (Leo Gonzalez 83), Michael Fucito (Sanna Nyassi 71), Roger Levesque.

Substitutes Not Used:
 Fredy Montero, Jeff Parke, Nathan Sturgis, Kasey Keller. 

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Michael Fucito 3, Miguel Montano 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Michael Fucito 2, Miguel Montano 2); FOULS: 13 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Roger Levesque 2); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Michael Fucito 5); SAVES: 1 (Terry Boss 1)

Misconduct Summary:


Referee: Paul Ward

Referee's Assistants: -Hector Vergara; Darren Clark

4th Official: Edvin Jurisevic

Attendance: 11,768

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Clear-and-62-degrees

All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial 


Sounders FC vs. CD Marathón - September 29, 2010 - Postgame Quotes


Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC Head Coach

(On Mike Fucito...) "He fights and he battles. He got injured going into a tackle he didn't need to go into. He scored a good first goal. He got the ball and he finished it well. And then the second goal was a free kick. We were training on that and he's one of the lefties that has so much spin on the ball that he can get it around the wall and he froze the goalkeeper. So I'm happy for Mike."

(On game...) "I thought it was good. The guys came in and played. I thought Marathon came out very defensively in their early posture. They played basically a 5-3-2 and split their forwards wide, almost like a 5-4-1 at times. It required us to be a little bit patient. Good to get the first goal because had them open up a bit. We're still disappointed with our overall Champions League performance. There were four MLS teams in the competition. The two that had two out of their first three games away are out of it. If we would have had this game at home the first time around, maybe there's a little more confidence that ends up happening. The evenness of the schedule seems feasible to do. Seems that after two games you would have one home and one away and after four games you would have two home and two away. For a young team like ours, in this competition, that's really important."

(On Fucito injury...) "We hope not too bad. We'll find out for sure tomorrow morning. He's getting x-rayed tomorrow morning and to know for sure. It ballooned up a little, but initial prognosis is that it's not as bad as [James] Riley's was."

(On free kicks...) "Fucito and [Michael] Seamon were the ones before the game that we said would be on free kicks. Montano tried to weasel his way in there, but it was Fucito and Seamon that we wanted hitting the ball. Seamon went a little high on his and Mike buried his."

(On feeling of calling a successful set play...) "That happens like once or twice a year. It feels really good when it happens because it doesn't happen very often."

(On team's performances in CONCACAF Cup...) "We felt we should have won in Monterrey when we were leading 2-0 after 75 minutes. We thought we should have won against San Pedro Sula and we felt we could have won at Saprissa if we weren't playing a man down."

(On players deserving more playing time...) "That's for me to know and for you to find out later. Mike did well. Taylor Graham has done well in games he's played here. Tyson Wahl played well. He saw the ball a lot because of the way we were playing and he was able to get some good balls to our forwards. It's always good for Terry Boss to get time in games and it was good for him to get his first shutout."

(On crowd...) "It's still bigger than a lot of crowds that come to Champions League. I thought the crowd in Monterrey last week was fantastic. Our earlier crowds have been great too. There are a lot of teams that would be happy with 10,000 fans. We need to not look at the glass half empty, but half full."

(On upcoming schedule...) "It's exciting. For me, when you get opportunities and you get challenges like the one we have to win the US Open Cup on Tuesday and then you have a good game on Saturday against Toronto then at Kansas City. Those two really are the two pursuers from behind. So as a coach and as a player, when you have opportunities like this, you have to just smile. Those are opportunities for you to stand up and step away from the crowd and be special. All of us look for ways to be special. Some teams never get that opportunity.  I'm excited and I think they're going to be excited as well."

(On Terry Boss...) "Thought he should have came out a little stronger on the corner when he got clocked. Overall, he was good. With him, it's just more games always make you better and more confident. We have a great goalkeeper here in Kasey Keller, but Terry has learned a lot in the day-to-day training and have to take that training into games. Thought he was solid."

(On Marathon game plan...) "Wanted to get out of here with a tie or sneak a goal if they could. Getting the goal in the first half definitely altered their tactical plan and gave us some relief. It was really our first clean opportunity and to score right away on that first clean opportunity can be a dagger."


Mike Fucito - Sounders FC Forward

(On scoring two goals . . .) "Felt great. I always like to score and I'm glad that we were able to hold on and win. That makes scoring I think that much more meaningful when we can actually win the game."


(On the first goal . . .) "I just saw that the defender was kind of running back. The ball was bouncing. I figured I'd take a chance and pressure him. I was able to kind of poke my head in and get by him and then finish."


(On the second goal . . .) "The free kick just comes from Sigi. The other day in practice he had me trying some things in a similar situation where I was bending it over the wall and into the near post. After working on that for a little bit, it translated to the game."


(On the injury . . .) "It happened immediately after the kickoff when I was pressuring the defender. He went to clear it and I kind of blocked it and landed and rolled it a little bit."


Tyrone Marshall - Sounders FC Defender

(On the match . . .) "We showed good character today, knowing that we couldn't qualify. We wanted to come back and win a home game in front of our fans. The last four games we were a bit unlucky. But it was a learning curve for us. Being on the road the first couple of games and just had a tough experience and a tough go around, giving up some goals that we shouldn't have given up and just having some bad calls against us. We came here tonight, we wanted to come out and have a good goal and get a shutout and score some goals and feel what it's like to get a victory in the CONCACAF. It's a great feeling overall. I thought the team overall did well. Everyone collectively played great. We said we wanted 90 minutes of concentration out there and that's what we did tonight. It was a good overall team effort."


(On being the captain . . .) "It makes me feel good. It shows that guys are responding. It showed good leadership out there and there is good camaraderie on the field. That's what it takes. We are all leaders on the field. One person had to wear the captain's band tonight but overall I think everyone was a leader tonight on the field. That's why we got the victory."


(On what Sounders FC learned from this experience . . .) "What we learned is that we have to be mentally stronger. We have to go in there and know that we are not going to get anything given to us. Whenever we score a goal we have to make sure we protect that lead and do whatever it takes. Obviously going forward, the young boys have to learn how to play, be a part of the team in terms of whenever they get an opportunity they have got to step up and show the coach that they want to play. [. . .] It's important for us going forward that we take the little things away from the game that's going to make us better in the future. Hopefully we can make it next year and we can come back."



Nicolas Suazo Edwin Pavon (h/t to Joshua Mayers) - Marathón Head Coach

(Opening Statement...) "First of all good evening. Thank you all for being here. About the match, it's been a deserved result for the Sounders. Marathon could have gotten more from this game. I wouldn't say that this was one of the best games that Marathon played since I joined. Seattle made a lot of changes since the last game against Monterrey. Knowing they didn't have any mathematical chances any more, they could afford to do those changes. They had played well as a visitor and in home games, and now they finally won a match. Our team made some mistakes but I'm not going to come up with excuses for the result."


(On the Champions League . . .) "Usually the key to advancing in the Champions League is to win at home. It's very different to play as a visitor and we know that the ones who qualify are the ones who play strong at home. The Sounders played well, could have even tied the game there. But now the game is very different for us.  The team [Marathon] started and was imprecise in the beginning. Giving up a goal like that, it was very hard to recover. It was almost like a punch, psychological. It was very hard to come back from that."


(On advancing to knockout round . . .) "Indeed the one point difference is minimal. But as I mentioned, the history of teams who advance and play strong at home in the Champions League, make it a possibility for us to still advance. We will indeed depend a little bit on the Sounders, but we have no doubt about the level of effort, professionalism and ethics that a great team like the Sounders will put [on the field]. We will not be worried or breaking our heads thinking about what's happening here. We know that it's going to cost Saprissa a lot to get a positive result here and we trust the Sounders can win. With that, we just need to do our own part playing at home." 

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