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Sounders lose to Crew: Highlights, stats, quotes

There may be a disadvantage of being a Seattle Sounders fan. The 2-3 loss to the Columbus Crew overshadows that there was beautiful soccer where the road team dominated possession and three of the top four scorers in MLS took the field. Kei Kamara and Clint Dempsey now lead the league after both scored braces.

Here is the raw data for you to enjoy.

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Columbus Crew SC 3
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium 
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic 
Assistants: Jim Conlee, Jonathan Johnson
Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica
Attendance: 16,714
Weather: Mostly cloudy and 85 degrees


SCORING SUMMARY

CLB - Kei Kamara (Waylon Francis) 10'
SEA - Clint Dempsey (Marco Pappa) 24'
CLB - Federico Higuain (Ethan Finlay) 49'
CLB - Kei Kamara (Hector Jimenez, Justin Meram) 58'
SEA - Clint Dempsey 75'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

CLB - Emanuel Pogatetz (caution) 44'
SEA - Gonzalo Pineda (caution) 77'
CLB - Kei Kamara (caution) 77'
CLB - Aaron Schoenfeld (caution) 90' +1

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans - C, Chad Marshall, Dylan Remick; Marco Pappa (Lamar Neagle 62'), Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Andy Rose (Chad Barrett 70'); Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins

Substitutes not used: Troy Perkins, Leo Gonzalez, Zach Scott, Micheal Azira, Cristian Roldan

Total shots: 11 (Dempsey, 3)
Shots on goal: 6 (Dempsey, 3)
Fouls: 6 (6 tied at 1)
Offside: 3 (3 tied at 1)
Corner-kicks: 5 (Pineda, 4)
Saves: 10 (Frei, 10)

Columbus SC - Steve Clark; Hector Jimenez, Michael Parkhurst - C, Emanuel Pogatetz, Waylon Francis; Ethan Finlay, Mohammed Saeid (Tyson Wahl 63'), Tony Tchani, Justin Meram (Kristinn Steindorsson 84'); Federico Higuain, Kei Kamara (Aaron Schoenfeld 84')

Substitutes not used: Matt Lampson, Chad Barson, Chris Klute, Kevan George,

Total shots: 24 (Kamara, 7)
Shots on goal: 13 (3 tied at 3)
Fouls: 13 (Tchani, 3)
Offside: 2 (Finlay/Kamara, 1)
Corner-kicks: 10 (Higuain, 10)
Saves: 4 (Clark, 4)

Columbus Crew SC vs. Seattle Sounders FC Post-Match Quotes


Saturday, May 9, 2015

COLUMBUS CREW SC SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER

On beating Seattle at home and whether it seemed like a statement win

I think [the win] is business as usual. Obviously, I'm pleased with the game. I think the way the game was played, I told the guys to go out and entertain the fans and entertain the people watching, and I think they did that. I think it was an entertaining game and we put a lot of energy into it, and I'm pleased with that. But as far as we're concerned, we know they're a good opponent, but it's another game.

On the expectations of Crew SC's high level of play

I think we work hard and we try to make progress every week and when you see the progress, you're pleased. I don't want to pretend that we're not happy with the win, that it's not a big win, that it wasn't against a great team. It was. But we just keep working, keep plugging away. We have a tough game next week.

On the questionable no-call leading to a Seattle goal

What do you think? I didn't see it, I'm asking you guys. What would you guys say? Luckily we won, or thankfully we won.

On Hernan Grana not playing

It was a choice by me, it was a coach's decision. I think different guys get chances at different times, and I think it was time for Hector to perform and I think he did a good job.

On the offensive quality in tonight's win versus last week's match against D.C. United

What was D.C. [United]'s defensive record last year? You guys know? Strong. They're one of the best defensive teams in the League. They're difficult to break down, they got a lead [last week]. A lot of [our performance] is situational. We talked about it last week - everything was a little too slow, the movements weren't there, and the final ball wasn't there. This week everything was sped up a little more. I don't think Seattle has the same defensive structure as D.C [United]. D.C [United]'s a very well-structured defensive team, and Seattle is just different. It was a great game, a great opponent. They took it to us. That was a good game.

On if there is a team in the league who can hang with Crew SC when both teams are at their best

I can't answer that, I don't know. I am sure there is and there are a lot of good teams in this league. I have told you guys every week that anyone can beat anyone. I am sure there is a team that could beat us when we have a good day.

On the decision to start Hector Jimenez over Hernan Grana

I have talked about us having a deep squad and guys getting chances and everyone has a time and we felt that this was time for Hector. I am pleased with the way he performed and I think that his final ball could have been better at times but he never quit. He just kept sticking with it and he delivered some decent crosses.

On replacing Mohammed Saeid

Mohammad had a little groin strain, he picked it up so we had to make a choice and it was a tough decision. We were debating between Kevan [George] and Michael [Parkhurst], but we felt that putting Michael [in Saeid's position], he would be comfortable and build up like we normally do. He would understand that what's happening because he's been in the game. There were times where both Dempsey and Martins were in the pocket between the two lines and we really wanted to get ahold of that and we thought Michael would have a better understanding of that since he has been playing in the game.

On his thoughts on the Man of the Match

We always give Man of the Match when we win games, but we will keep that [within the team]. It was a very strong match by a lot of guys and when I think from the goalkeeper all the way up, I think everyone performed well.

On Federico Higuain's performance

Well, I know you guys are going to be happy because he scored and that's how you judge his performance. That's not how I judge it. I've never judged it like that. He was great tonight and he's been strong this year and his movement, the way he can control a game is excellent and it was like that tonight again. He also got a goal, so we're happy for that.

On if he is more comfortable with the counter-attacking style or if it was just for this game

No, it was a strange game in the sense that a lot of our attacks progressed really quickly. We were able to get into goal scoring opportunities pretty quickly and because of that it became a strange game. They overloaded the middle with numbers and it became difficult to win the ball back. It was a very attacking orientated game. I think my one criticism might have been the ability to control the game a little bit more in the second half. I think we lacked that, especially when we went up 3-1. We didn't have the determination to keep the ball.

On his feelings on this result when things went not as planned

Yeah, the other part about it is that's a very good team. You see what they have been doing to teams. They've scored the most goals in the League, right? Listen, they're a very good attacking team and we knew we were going to be under pressure and I think we dealt with it well.

On what he was expecting following the loss last week

You're always looking for a response after a loss and I think we definitely got that response. Like I said, you're going to lose games in the course of a season and you have to stick to the plan, you have to keep working and don't get fazed by that. You don't get emotional, you just keep working hard and just keep focusing on what we do and I think in the long run we'll be fine. What I sensed from the guys today was a real urgency and determination to get a result.

On Emanuel Pogatetz's performance for Crew SC this season

If you look at how many headers he wins, he doesn't lose a header. It is phenomenal. [Pogatetz's presence] gives us a lot of power on that side of the defense. You add that to the fact that he's winning a lot of balls on the ground and some tackles, in the box on crosses and with the ball he is calm and collected. I think he is doing a great job.

On if the team cares about beating Seattle at home for the first time

I didn't even know that to be honest. It's nice to have a first time [beating Seattle at home]. I'm not sure how many games were even played against them, probably only like five? So, it is not a big sample size.

On how Crew SC regrouped after Seattle's second goal

They put us under a lot of pressure, they had a lot of guys forward, they were playing very risky, very offensive orientated and it became challenging. They put some good crosses in the box, they had a lot of bodies and we responded well. It is disappointing when you see a replay and you think the referee might have gotten the call wrong, so I understand the frustration within the team, but they responded well.

On the chemistry of Crew SC's attack

I keep saying that when [our team] plays together more, they are going to be dangerous because they combine and they look for each other. They are dynamic. If you take [Higuain, Finlay, Kamara and Meram] and some of the guys that have come in and played that position and look at their qualities, they are so contrasting. But, when you add it together, it almost makes a perfect package. It is really interesting. Ethan [Finlay], with blazing speed and great timing of runs. Justin [Meram], with very good one-on-one ability. Federico [Higuain], the ability to control a game, make a final pass, score himself and Kei [Kamara], what can I say, getting on the end of crosses, making it difficult for defenses, one-on-one ability, ability to hold the ball up [as a] target man. When you add those four and with Kristinn [Steindorsson] coming in and some of the other guys who can come in, Ben Speas can play that position, it's a good group.

COLUMBUS CREW SC MIDFIELDER ETHAN FINLAY

On the first home win versus Seattle

Well, first time we've ever beaten them here. But yeah, I think this was a great win for us. Any time we can get points against the West, I mean, it's a bonus for us. We're extremely happy with it, it was a hard fought game and we got another Western Conference opponent next week and like I said, we can get points on the road and against Western Conference teams we're going to be happy.

On the feelings about beating Seattle

You care about winning games, regardless about who it's against. I think it makes it a little bit sweeter obviously for our fans because there was a little bit of a rivalry with the expansion and how that worked out. Right now we have their number and hopefully we can keep it that way.

On the quick jump in the game

We play against teams that come out and play us. We usually do well and if you look over the past 12 to 16 months here in our system, in Gregg [Berhalter]'s system, teams that come out and try to play us, we usually have good games against and we usually are on the beneficial side of that. When good teams come in here, we're excited because we want to play them, we want to play the best, we want to be the best. It was a great night for us.

COLUMBUS CREW SC MIDFIELDER JUSTIN MERAM

On what was said at halftime in the locker room

Well, I mean, we played well the first half. I think we dropped a little bit, gave them some room. But, you know, we love playing at home with these fans and they're behind us for 90 minutes. The game of soccer, it's a tale of two halves. The first half we still had chances but we kind of chased and defended too far back and in the second half we went after it and we scored two great goals.

On if this game against Seattle was some sort of statement

Maybe people see it as a statement. For us, we just see it as, you know, a group of guys working really hard. You don't see us in the limelight every single day. It's just a humble group from top to bottom with the coaching staff, the players and we just love playing in big games. Teams don't like to come here and play us, especially the way we keep the ball.

On what it says about the team after beating Seattle it is just business as usual

It is what it is, we're going to focus, play who's up next week, San Jose and that's that. We can't get too ahead of ourselves, we played D.C. [United] last week and we didn't really have anybody really who had a good game and we knew we had to pick it up and get back on the winning track. It's always good to get three points against a Western team.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID

On tonight's result

We are just disappointed; I thought [Crew SC] played well. We were fortunate Stefan Frei came up with some good saves, but I thought we were a step slow. Maybe the travel two weekends in a row, coast to coast, made it a little bit tough but we were in the game, we came back and made it 3-2. We were in the game, we were looking for the 3-3 and we were at the doorstep for that a couple times. We had to open ourselves up a little more defensively to try and accomplish that. I am not disappointed with the effort and it is what it is.

On what the team needs to do to refocus and go into the match against Vancouver

We just have to get our legs back, get some good regen and get some good training in. At least we are staying on the west coast for the next trip, even though it's an away game that helps us. We don't have to get in the air again.

On Clint Dempsey's two goals and what it does for their offensive chemistry

Its good but I am sure Clint would trade his two goals for a win. We stayed in the game, we got back in the game at 1-0 but then we gave them the lead again. I think the second goal, the goal Higuain scored, we didn't defend that well at all and we didn't step up. That was the goal that sort of broke our back a little bit. It was early in the second half and then everything we talked about at halftime goes out the window. But we will be okay, we will survive and we will fight another day.

On if there will be any big changes for the next match

You can't get to high and you can't get to low. We are alright and we are a good road team. We have been on the road now and we've had 5 games on the road. We are 2-2-1 on the road and I don't think there are that many teams with that kind of record.

On how tough it was to deal with [Federico] Higuain, [Justin] Meram and [Ethan] Finlay

We gave them too much space, [we] might of gotten the tactics wrong, but that's on me. That is something I have already thought about if we run into them again and how we may play them a little bit differently. We made a decision to play one way and maybe that was not the right decision, but on the same token, sometimes we were in position, but we were just a step slow.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER GONZALO PINEDA

On tonight's result

[Crew SC] battled and we had some mistakes in the midfield with their movements...Of course we were dangerous at times with Clint [Dempsey scoring goals], but not enough.

On what needs to change ahead of Seattle Sounders FC's match with Vancouver Whitecaps FC

[Vancouver] have a similar style to Columbus, so we need to improve. We tried to keep a good position today, but we didn't. I think we can be better. Obviously, today we didn't have the best night.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER CHAD MARSHALL

On tonight's result

It's always tough when you lose. Every game we play, we want to try to win and get three points, this was no different. We are disappointed not to get a result.

On if it is especially tough [for him personally] to lose in Columbus

It's tough to lose any game whether it is here, or wherever.

On what needs to change ahead of Seattle Sounders FC's match with Vancouver Whitecaps FC

It is going to be another tough game. They are kind of a similar team. They have quick, fast guys that get at you quickly, so we need to watch video of this game and learn from it and hopefully make some changes for next week.

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