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Seattle Sounders Vs. CS Herediano, CONCACAF Champions League: Highlights, Quotes, Statistics

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What else can we say about Tuesday night's gut punch? Clearly, Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid's hands were somewhat tied with his lineup options from the midfield forward. Alvaro Fernandez was on a yellow-card suspension. Mauro Rosales is out. Brad Evans and Erik Friberg are nursing injuries. Mike Fucito had to leave Saturday's game. Fredy Montero has been playing practically twice a week. Osvaldo Alonso was apparently nursing some kind of injury. You get the point.

I don't think for a minute that Schmid was happy about starting a midfield of Amadou Sanyang and Servando Carrasco. He said as much. He also was probably less than thrilled with his options at forward. He must have known there really wasn't a playmaker in the bunch.

And it cost them.

How big is that cost? Well, that's debatable. In theory, the Sounders were going to need a result next week to guarantee themselves a trip to the quarterfinals anyway, and this doesn't really change that. The Sounders can still tie their final two group stage matches and win the group. But the loss does eliminate their margin for error.

Goals by Period

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CD Herediano

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Seattle Sounders

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Scoring Summary:        

HER -- Yosimar Arias (unassisted) 25

CD Herediano-- Daniel Cambronero, Cristian Montero, Erick Sanchez (Jose Cubero 77), Francisco Calvo, Marvin Obando, Pablo Salazar, Jose Luis Cordero, Yosimar Arias (Olman Vargas 71), Junior Alvarado, Jorge Barbosa, Anderson Andrade (Marvin Angulo 86).

Substitutes Not Used: Ronny Fernandez, Oscar Gonzalez, Jean Carlo Sanchez, Jose Cancela. 

TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Jose Luis Cordero 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Olman Vargas 1, Yosimar Arias 1); FOULS: 14 (Cristian Montero 3, Yosimar Arias 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Olman Vargas 1, Jorge Barbosa 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Yosimar Arias 3); SAVES: 4 (Daniel Cambronero 4)

Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, Zach Scott (Sammy Ochoa 74), Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Roger Levesque (Fredy Montero 56), Servando Carrasco, Amadou Sanyang (Osvaldo Alonso 56), Lamar Neagle, Nate Jaqua, Pat Noonan.

Substitutes Not Used: David Estrada, Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Josh Ford

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Nate Jaqua 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Lamar Neagle 2); FOULS: 18 (4 tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Roger Levesque 1, Pat Noonan 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Fredy Montero 3); SAVES: 1 (Kasey Keller 1)

Misconduct Summary:

SEA -- Lamar Neagle (caution; Reckless Tackle) 16

HER -- Jose Luis Cordero (caution; Tactical Foul) 34

HER -- Yosimar Arias (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 58

SEA -- Patrick Ianni (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 62

HER -- Jorge Barbosa (caution; Reckless Foul) 67

HER -- Daniel Cambronero (caution; Delaying a Restart) 77

Referee: Neil Brizan

Referee's Assistants:-Dion Neil; Ainsley Rochard

4th Official: Lewin Purser

Attendance: 10,163

Time of Game: 1:52

Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-72-degrees

POSTGAME QUOTES: Sounders FC vs. CS Herediano

Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC Head Coach

(On game...) "Herediano scored a good goal. It was a free good kick. I didn't think our wall jumped, but he still hit the free kick well. I thought we had some chances, we certainly had some chances in the last 30 minutes of the game. Overall, not one of our best matches. We're dealing with injuries and a heavy schedule, so we had to make some lineup decisions based on that. At the end of the day, our quality tonight wasn't good enough."

(On Montero and Alonso changing game...) "The game certainly changed when they came into the game. They're quality players. Alonso got us a little quicker to our marks at midfield, which is what I asked him to do. Montero was able to hold the ball a little bit for us up front and allow people to join in. It helps our game when they're able to come in and do that."

(On game challenges...) "We struggled a lot defensively. We didn't do a good job of picking them up. We were too loose in the middle of midfield and we were forcing our wide guys to step up to their back three rather than stay in midfield to defend. As a result, we didn't see enough of the ball and when you don't see enough of the ball, you're not going to get shots. Offensively, our struggles were simply that there were too many incomplete passes. Not enough rhythm into our game. We weren't holding onto the ball. Sometimes we knocked it in the back four, but we didn't really didn't hold it through midfield and in the wide areas."

(On Amadou Sanyang...) "Sanyang is more of a defensively midfielder. Carrasco probably wasn't the best pairing, but we didn't have a lot of choices. We knew we couldn' play Ozzie tonight for 90 minutes because of the injury he's coming off of. He did OK. He did some of the things that he does well. I thought Ochoa came in and helped us at the end. He had a header that they made a save on and he held up the ball for us a couple times."

(On result changing approach for upcoming games...) "Tuesday we need to get a result. If we go down to Guatemala and get a result, a win or a tie, that puts us through. Right now, it's about that. it was probably not that different based on the results tonight because Monterrey won, so it either way we would have had to get a result down there, so it really doesn't change much. We need to go into Guatemala and get a result. We want to win the Vancouver game because that wins us the Cascadia Cup and that's important to us as a club as well."

(On Herediano...) "There's definitely some good players for Herediano. They have some quality players. They have some players that are very dangerous. I couldn't tell you necessarily who they are at this point because if you truly are interested in a player then the price goes up, so we don't want to the price to go up if we do have an interest. I thought they played well and some of the individuals definitely played well."

(On Herediano goalkeeper...) "He had a big game tonight. He anticipated the crosses. He cheated on some of them. The quality on the crossing wasn't what it needed to be. When we had quality, Jaqua had two headers that he needs to do better with. Ochoa's opportunity as well. A lot of times our crosses were straight and they didn't hang up in the air."

(On forward options...) "Strategy going in was that Noonan was going to fall off the front line a little bit. Jaqua is a big forward, so it allows you to get some crosses into him as well. Montero has played the last four games in a row, we needed to rest his legs a little bit. Fucito has a bad ankle from the last game, so he couldn't play, so our choices were pretty obvious."

 

Pat Noonan - Sounders FC Forward

(On their offensive struggles...) "Connecting passes and just anticipating, winning 50-50 balls and getting aggressive and wanting the ball at our feet.  We weren't doing any of that in the first half and it took until we were down 1-0 and chasing the game late in the second half in order to start playing."

 (On if Herediano showed them anything they weren't expecting...) "I think a lot of our problems came from our own mistakes, our own passing.  They're a good team--they passed the ball well, but it took us maybe to 45 minutes to figure out their formation and understand where we need to be to cut out passing angles. When we did win the ball we just gave it right back with some careless passes and maybe not anticipating and not getting some runs, and that was all over the field."

(On Herediano keeper Daniel Cambronero...) "He made some good saves.  We needed to put more on frame and make him work, but the ones we did maybe just didn't get to the corners enough or out of his reach.  The ones we did put on goal he did well with."

Nate Jaqua - Sounders FC Forward

(On the game...) "I don't think we came out the first half as well as we needed to.  The second half we played a little bit better and we got some more chances.  Yeah, it's disappointing we weren't able to find the back of the net.  We need to be of better quality in the final third and get more chances in the first half."

 (On the physicality of the game...) "Yeah it was very physical.  It was physical down there, it was physical here.  You expect these type of games from clubs.  It's just one of the ways it is, and we still have to find ways to get a goal.

Sammy Ochoa - Sounders FC Forward

(On almost scoring at the end of the game...) "I didn't see the goalie...I thought it was in, but all of a sudden his hand showed up."

(On how he was feeling in his debut...) "A little nervous, but excited.  I think after I touched the ball the nerves went away and I felt good.  Bad thing we didn't get the win but still it felt good to play."

 (On chasing the game at the end...) "It's really hard.  Being a forward, you're required to be there at the right time and take advantage of minute-to-minute to get in. I was trying to do my best. I didn't get the goal, but I was there on that cross."

(On how he felt physically...) "I felt good.  For 20 minutes I felt really good but I think as soon as I put in a little more work--I'm not in a rush--I'm pretty sure with the staff I'll get there."

(On not having to rush himself into shape...) "We have great players on top, a lot of great competition. I'm not in a rush. We're taking this slow, the slower the better, but I can't wait to get out there."

Jafet Soto - CS Herediano Head Coach

(On difference between this week and last week...) "Last week was a game that was destined that way. We had only two chances for Sounders last week over there and they had two goals. This week we managed the game and scored, so we managed to win the game."

(On competing...) "We always play to win. We came to compete and when you compete, you come to win."

(On goalkeeper...) "He's a great goalkeeper. He's been on the national team. He's just 24 years old and has a great future."

(On win helping motivate for next games...) "If we have any chance, even if just mathematical, we're going to fight to win and try to win the games."

(On fouls...) "It was normal. In any futbol game where you play all that you have there's going to be collisions and that's normal in the game."

(On goalkeeper health...) "He's fine. He had a couple of knocks during the game, but when a team plays you with a lot of crossings, there's a lot of physical play to try to cut those crosses."

(On playing in Seattle...) "We're playing against a great team that is running second right now in the MLS League. We knew they had a win last weekend."