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Seattle Sounders 3 : DC United 0 - Highlights, Statistics, Quotes

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One of the best things about a highlight package after a 3-nil win is that the rare down moments don't exist. The beauty of the Seattle Sounders attack is featured. The passing, off-ball movement and penchant to threaten the keeper in Saturday's game was the team working at near perfection. Mauro Rosales and Fredy Montero were able to pick apart the DC United defense. Mike Fucito used raw speed to come of the hips of a defender and create a one-on-one while Alvaro Fernandez was in space to receive passes and opportunities. United's defense must have felt like there were 4 forwards and 4 midfielders the whole time.

But it was more than just great offense. In fact offense gets easier when your defensive players win the ball in 69% of opposed situations. Jeff Parke shutdown Charlie Davies, who had only 15 trackable actions. Osvaldo Alonso took Dwayne De Rosario out of the game. Both Davies and DeRo were pulled early so that United could make an attempt next week at earning their points in their attempt at the playoffs. But it may have been blocked shots that were the key, as Seattle blocked five and was blocked zero times.

In the quote sheet though we are reminded of an incident that causes worry. For though the team was joyful concerning the result, the injury to Rosales is worrisome. It won't be until Monday when they find out the severity of the injury. Until then the team is on its normal theme of just trying to win the next game on the schedule. 


 

 

Goals by Period

1

2

Tot

D.C. United

0

0

0

Seattle Sounders

2

1

3

 

Scoring Summary:         

SEA -- Mike Fucito 2 (Mauro Rosales 11, Brad Evans 2) 35

SEA -- Alvaro Fernandez 7 (Mauro Rosales 12, Fredy Montero 8) 47+

SEA -- Alvaro Fernandez 8 (unassisted) 60

 

D.C. United-- Joe Willis, Brandon McDonald, Ethan White (Marc Burch 78), Daniel Woolard, Perry Kitchen, Austin Da Luz, Andy Najar, Clyde Simms, Dwayne De Rosario (Josh Wolff 62), Charlie Davies (Stephen King 54), Joseph Ngwenya.

Substitutes Not Used: Blake Brettschneider, Kurt Morsink, Santino Quaranta, Bill Hamid.

TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Austin Da Luz 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Joseph Ngwenya 2); FOULS: 16 (Dwayne De Rosario 4); OFFSIDES: 3 (Joseph Ngwenya 2); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Andy Najar 3); SAVES: 4 (Joe Willis 4)

Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans (Amadou Sanyang 82), Alvaro Fernandez, Mike Fucito (Nate Jaqua 68), Fredy Montero (Lamar Neagle 78).

Substitutes Not Used: Leo Gonzalez, Patrick Ianni, Pat Noonan, Josh Ford.

TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Fredy Montero 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Alvaro Fernandez 3); FOULS: 7 (Osvaldo Alonso 2, Fredy Montero 2); OFFSIDES: 5 (Mike Fucito 3); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Mauro Rosales 1, Tyson Wahl 1); SAVES: 6 (Kasey Keller 6)

 

Misconduct Summary:

DC -- Joseph Ngwenya (caution; Reckless Tackle) 16

SEA -- Tyson Wahl (caution; Reckless Foul) 41

DC -- Austin Da Luz (caution; Reckless Foul) 63

 

Referee: Kevin Stott

Referee's Assistants:-Eric Boria; Anthony Vasoli

4th Official: Yader Reyes

Attendance: 36,242

Time of Game: 1:50

Weather: Cloudy-and-63-degrees

 

Seattle Sounders FC   D.C. United

14

Attempts on Goal

14

7

Shots on Target

6

7

Shots off Target

3

0

Blocked Shots

5

2

Corner Kicks

6

7

Fouls

16

19

Open Play Crosses

12

5

Offsides

3

1

Yellow Cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

43

Duels Won

19

69%

Duels Won %

30%

445

Total Pass

439

70%

Passing Accuracy %

71%

50.2%

Possession

49.8%

Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC Head Coach

(Opening comments...) "Obviously it was great to get a three-nothing win today. You know, the team - we always makes Kasey [Keller] earn his paycheck. To win three-nothing on a day where we lost a very special person like 'Electron Boy' who - that whole thing he did with us with the Make-A-Wish Foundation was just tremendous. I know that was something that was on all the players' minds and that helped them move forward into this game today. I thought we were pretty solid. I thought we got off to a good start but didn't get any goals but then I thought all the goals we scored today were quality goals and I was very pleased."

 

(On how long Mauro Rosales will be out...) "Well, we'll have to see. We'll have to see the extent of the injury and how long he's out. He's definitely not going to be playing Tuesday because of it. It was a knee."

 

(On the fans' support and setting the new season total attendance record...) "It's great. They come out and are liquid sunshine as well. Our fans are always there for us. I'm just happy that we can go out there and put on a performance like we put on today and, I think, reward them for their support and give them something to leave and be happy about and be able to hoist a beer to. But our fans have been phenomenal but as I said the other day, the front office and everybody that puts all the effort into doing the whole ticket sales, getting people here, the marketing effort. I have not been in a better organization in this league. There is no better organization in this league."

  

(On Alvaro Fernandez scoring two goals...) "It was great. Obviously Flaco can't play on Tuesday because he's out with the two yellows so we wanted to use all the minutes we could out of him today. He scored two great goals. The ball from Mauro [Rosales] on the second goal was tremendous and Fredy [Montero] did a good job getting on with the header at the back post and Flaco was there. At the end of the game, we were just trying to get him to sit and go nice and easy and he still wanted to continue to make runs forward. But it worked out. We were able to get 90 minutes out of him today and rest somebody else."

 

(On the defensive effort...) "I thought it was good. I thought we did a good job bottling up Charlie Davies. I think we did a good job bottling up [Dwayne] De Rosario. Obviously, Ozzie Alonso played a big part in that. Jeff Parke, we wanted to get Parke matched up on Davies more times than not. I think he did a good job there and I think we did a good job of not allowing the game to get stretched too much. It got stretched a couple times when we made some turnovers. Those were, I thought, their best chances."

 

Alvaro Fernandez - Sounders FC Midfielder
 
(On his two goals...) "Scoring two goals helps our team get a win.  On a personal note, it gives me confidence for the future."

 
(On if the team plays a fun style of soccer...) "Even though we're taking every game seriously, we're also trying to have fun ourselves and have our fans have fun.  It also gives us good chances to keep winning games."

 
Kasey Keller - Sounders FC Goalkeeper
 
(On the game...) "They're a good attacking team.  Charlie [Davies], and [Joseph] Ngwenya, and to bring in a Josh Wolff--he can create for a team-and De Ro [Dwayne De Rosario], it's a good attacking team.  We had some good chances early, and after the first goal I thought they got into the game pretty well, but we kept them at bay a bit.  Hitting that goal right before halftime made a big difference, and getting the third.  But they never quit.  They kept coming and coming and coming, and we tried to concede a goal but we didn't do it because it could have been interesting."

 
(On the Rosales injury...) "It's always unfortunate when somebody takes a hit at that time of the game when you're winning and you know the game's won, but we'll see how it is.  It's a bad part of the game, but it happens, and hopefully he'll be ready to roll."

 
(On the play of the team...) "Mauro's done great for us, obviously, and all the way around--[Fernandez] comes in with two goals, I thought it was one of the best games Fredy [Montero] has played without scoring.  He held the ball up for us really well today, and connected, and made a great head on the far post for [Fernandez]'s [second] goal.  Good team effort today, great to see Mike Fucito get on the score sheet again with a great run off the guy's shoulder...Overall, I'm very pleased.  The only thing I can think of if I'm going to be a little bit critical is in the last half-hour of the game when it was three-nil, I think we could have done a little better job of first time clearances, not putting ourselves in situations because in a playoff game maybe the goal difference makes a difference." 

 
Mauro Rosales - Sounders FC Midfielder

 
(On the injury...) "I'll check on Monday.  It looks like a ligament stretch a little bit."

 
(On if the injury was frustrating given the time it happened...) "I was very frustrated with this because there was nothing to lose, nothing to win...The knee is usually a bad thing.  If it's something like an ankle it's no problem, but the knee, I'm really worried about what's going to happen."

 
(On if he was getting fouled all game...) "I was not always on the attack, sometimes just holding the ball and I get fouled."

 

 

Ben Olsen - D.C. United Head Coach

(On the result tonight...) "I don't necessarily think it was a 3-0 game but all coaches that lose 3-0 say that, don't they? Looking at the stats, it's pretty close. We had some chances, unfortunately most of them when we were down several goals, but on the day they were a better team. We made a couple of mistakes and they have a very good attacking group that made us pay. They're running out of midfield was pretty good early and it caught us. But at 1-0, I think we're OK. The second one hurt us right before half, as it always does. But this one is put behind us. We have a big one Wednesday. When you're in a playoff race like this you can't sit on these too much. You're going to have a game where a team takes advantage of some situations. They're a good team. Sigi [Schmid] has done a good job with them and especially in the last month where he's had to manage a lot of minutes in games, so give him credit."

 

(On pulling players early to give them rest for Wednesday...) "Yeah, we've got a lot of games. Dwayne [De Rosario] looked like he was hobbling a little bit and we wanted to see some other guys get some action. I think that's one positive out of this is that [Josh] Wolff came on and looked very sharp. It's been a while for him, as far as getting game action. And we got [Marc] Burch a little time, so that's one positive."

 

(On Joseph Ngwenya...) "I thought Joe was very busy tonight, as usual. His running is very good. So I really felt he put in a good shift."

 

(On how concerned he is about moving forward after a loss like this...) "I'm not so concerned for the guys. It's tough. Our focus now is on Wednesday's game. Throughout a season you're going to have some games like this where a team makes a couple mistakes and you get punished. Again, we are in no position to sit and dwell on things and I think they know that, that there's games coming up that are very important."

 

Dwayne De Rosario - D.C. United Forward

(On the result tonight...) "We went out there and battled. We've just got to put it behind us. Of course it's not easy when you come to this environment. Their fans are great. When you look at their turf nobody wants to play on it, so you've got to overcome that mentally. I thought there were some good parts but at the end of the day I thought Seattle was definitely the better team."

 

(On how difficult it will be to move forward after a loss like this...) "Well, hopefully when we go back home now we'll have the fans on our side. We'll be mentally ready against a team where we should get three points, but I think what we learned tonight is that when its coming down to crunch time, any mistake you can get punished. We've got to limit our mistakes and keep our chances going forward."

 

Josh Wolff - D.C. United Forward

(On the result tonight...) "Obviously it's disappointing. I think the idea is to get to halftime hopefully even or ahead somehow but I think we gave up a couple of goals there. The second one really puts you behind the eight ball, but give them credit. They were good. We held strong for a good bit, but once they got one they get a little momentum and a rhythm going and it's tough to stop them. I think once they got the second one it put us in a tough situation for the second half. Our guys fought hard, everyone comes away from it pretty healthy and we've got another big game on Wednesday."