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Seattle Sounders Fall To San Francisco of Panama 1-0 - Quotes and Statistics

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Seattle Sounders at San Fransisco FC Panama Chart
Seattle Sounders at San Fransisco FC Panama Chart

The Seattle Sounders went down to San Francisco FC of Panama and surprisingly got a result that would be somewhat expected based on the statistics of the matter. A one-nil loss on the road in the CONCACAF Champions League is not an unusual result, even when the road team is "better." Home sides in the CCL score about 2.25 goals and only give up 1.30 goals. That near goal advantage is huge, and the largest in all three tournaments for US soccer teams (MLS, USOC, CCL). When that home side out duels and out passes the traveling one it makes winning even more difficult. The worst of Seattle's passes led directly to the goal, as much as the bad call.

Watching the highlights it is readily notable that two of the three best chances were in the final few minutes and involved the substitutes rather than the starters. Sigi likes the term goal dangerous. In this game Seattle was more goal dangerous when the first substitution took place, and maybe that's a sign of who was on the pitch. Even ignoring the Mike Fucito for Roger Levesque swap/talent difference, the Alvaro Fernandez for Lamar Neagle is a clear one. With all the time off, with Alvaro's experience in international competition and with Seattle being more of a technical, rapid transition via the pass team shouldn't the player with those traits have started? One game in the CCL has more value than any single game during the regular season. Balancing rest should have been in favor of starting Tuesday night and resting against the Houston Dynamo.

Still, the team is not in an awful situation. Seattle's last 1-nil win (which would force overtime) was at Toronto on the 18th of May. Since then they've had a strong offense, except for one small issue. Almost all of those wins are one goal edgings and in light of the Away Goal tie-breaker would lead to San Fransisco advancing to the Group Stage. Away Goals do not count during overtime. So while Kasey Keller and Pat Noonan are confident, the team is in a bind essentially needing a two goal win at Century Link Field on August 3rd.

 

Goals by Period

1

2

Tot

San Francisco FC

1

0

1

Seattle Sounders FC

0

0

0

 

Scoring Summary:

SFR - Roberto Brown (penalty) 28'       

 

San Francisco FC - 16-Eric Hugues, 3-Rolando Algadona, 5-Manuel Torres, 6-Martin Gomez, 11-Eybir Bonaga, 13-Felipe Olivardia, 19-Johan de Avila (7-Jose Graces 71'), 20-Eduardo Jimenez (22-Edgardo Panezo 44'), 25-Amir Waite, 32-Roberto Chen, 77-Roberto Brown (9-Jefrey Diaz 80').

Substitutes Not Used: 1-Miguel Torres, 8-Fredy Arizala, 40-Jose Pimentel, 48-Pedro Jeanine, 51-Alexis Gondola.

 

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Brown 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 players 1); FOULS: 15 (Panezo 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (2 players 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (2 players 1); SAVES: 2 (Eric Hugues 2).

Seattle Sounders FC - 18-Kasey Keller, 7-James Riley, 4-Patrick(2 players 1 Ianni, 31-Jeff Parke, 12-Leo Gonzalez, 10-Mauro Rosales, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 8-Erik Friberg (25-Pat Noonan 75'), 27-Lamar Neagle (15-Alvaro Fernandez 59'), 17-Fredy Montero, 24-Roger Levesque (2-Mike Fucito 59').


Substitutes Not Used: 29-Josh Ford, 20-Zach Scott, 23-Servando Carrasco, 21-Nate Jaqua.

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Montero 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (2 players 1); FOULS: 20 (Gonzalez 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3 (Rosales 2); SAVES: 3 (Keller 3).

 

Misconduct Summary:

SFR - Roberto Brown (caution) 17'

SEA - James Riley (caution) 25'

SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 70'

SFR - Edgardo Panezo (caution) 73'

SEA - Alvaro Fernandez (caution) 78'

 

Referee: David Espana

Referee's Assistants: Ronaldo de la Cruz; Cesar Ruano

4th Official: Oscar Reyna

Time of Game: 1:50

San Francisco

  Seattle Sounders FC

7

Attempts on Goal

10

4

Shots on Target

2

2

Shots off Target

7

1

Blocked Shots

1

2

Corner Kicks

3

15

Fouls

20

25

Open Play Crosses

21

3

Offsides

0

2

Yellow Cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

38

Duels Won

27

58%

Duels Won %

41%

408

Total Pass

422

82%

Passing Accuracy %

79%

49.4%

Possession

50.6%

 

Seattle Sounders FC Quotes

 

Sigi Schmid – Sounders FC Head Coach

(General comments…) "It’s 1-0 at halftime. It’s important for us to come back and win this thing at home and it’s great preparation for the MLS playoffs. We have got to show our ability to come back and score some goals."

 

(On team offense…) "We had a lot of good chances, [Pat] Noonan’s header off the post. Good effort. Flaco [Alvaro Fernandez] came in the left side and I think he did good. [Mike] Fucito obviously off the throw-in. But also on the other side they had a couple of chances late."

 

(On conceding penalty kick goal…) "Our back four was completely in disarray so then they throw the ball in there, [Jeff] Parke makes a tackle with his hand, the ball probably slipped underneath him. We had a handball as well in the box that he doesn’t call. It was more of a volley ball type of play but obviously that’s going to happen sometimes."

 

(On training schedule…) "We have had a lot of days off. When you really look at it after the Colorado game we haven’t had much of what I would call real, real training in the last eight days and I just think it’s tough to maintain the rhythm. But I also think […] we knew this was the one window where we could get a break. Now we have to get a good training session in Houston on Thursday and play better."

 

Kasey Keller – Sounders FC Goalkeeper

(General comments…) "He [Roberto Brown] finished it well. […] Yeah, it’s frustrating. Like you said, I wasn’t extremely busy. I had a couple saves in the second half when we were obviously pushing to get a goal – that would’ve been bad to go 2-nil down. […] I feel confident for when we get back to Seattle."

 

(On the days prior to game…) "That [the travel] was probably more of the issue than the days off because we trained before we left on Saturday and training was good. Then we travel and get stuck in the Houston airport for an extra four hours, on the plane, off the plane. It was a bit of a disaster. Those things happen as far as travel."

 

Pat Noonan – Sounders FC Forward

(General comments…) "Frustrating. We had our chances. We played well defensively and we made a mistake and they made us pay for it. We had our chances. Fortunately for us we are at halftime. We are very confident we are going to go in and get the result back in Seattle. […] We are still very confident."

 

(On his header that hit the post…) "I didn’t know if I got enough curl onto it. It looked like it was kind of coming back but just didn’t have enough. Flaco [Alvaro Fernandez] was in a good position but I think the ball bounced up to his stomach. It’s just kind of the way it has gone for the past week but luckily it’s only been a week and hopefully we can turn things around up in Houston and then focus on the second half of this series and getting the result."