Seattle Sounders FC managed another shutout, their fifth on the young season. Only their opponent, the Vancouver Whitecaps, have more clean sheets. Vancouver couldn't maintain that strength as Chad Barrett scored twice with Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa assisting the rotational forward.
Relive the match through video highlights, statistics and raw quotes. The spelling should indicate that the Whitecaps were kind enough to share these with us.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Venue: BC Place
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistants: Ian Anderson, Greg Barkley
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
Weather: Mostly Cloudy and 63 degrees
SEA - Chad Barrett (Clint Dempsey) 5'
SEA - Chad Barrett (Marco Pappa) 38'
VAN - Matias Laba (caution) 28'
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans - C, Chad Marshall, Dylan Remick; Marco Pappa (Leo Gonzalez 90+2'), Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Lamar Neagle (Darwin Jones 85'); Clint Dempsey, Chad Barrett (Andy Rose 72')
Substitutes not used: Troy Perkins, Zach Scott, Micheal Azira, Cristian Roldan
Total shots: 7 (Barrett, 3)
Shots on goal: 4 (Barrett, 2)
Fouls: 6 (6 players tied at 1)
Offside: 1 (Pappa, 1)
Corner-kicks: 3 (Pappa, 3)
Saves: 5 (Frei, 5)
Whitecaps FC - David Ousted; Steven Beitashour, Pa-Modou Kah, Kendall Waston Jordan Harvey; Matias Laba, Russell Teibert (Gershon Koffe 64'), Cristian Techera (Darren Mattocks 61'), Pedro Morales - C, Kekuta Manneh (Kianz Froese 72'), Octavio Rivero
Substitutes not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Nicolas Mezquida, Tim Parker, Robert Earnshaw
Total shots: 16 (Manneh, 5)
Shots on goal: 5 (Manneh, 2)
Fouls: 7 (7 players tied at 1)
Corner-kicks: 6 (Morales, 5)
Saves: 2 (Ousted, 2)
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
MAY 16, 2015 AT BC PLACE
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
HEAD COACH CARL ROBINSON
On whether who scored first had the game:
"When you're playing against a very good team and they are a very good team, then as you said, the first goal changes the game. We were able to play through them in the first half. In the second half, when the dynamic of the game is changed then they have the ball, they keep the ball, they've got some very good experienced players who know how to manage the game and slow it down, and they did. When you're chasing, it becomes hard. Naturally, your body language changes because you're chasing. When you're winning the game, you don't feel you're chasing because you have the ball. When you're not, unfortunately, you do."
On who he looks to change the game [when you need inspiration]:
"All of them. We're a very young group, and we know that, but you look for a spark. Whether it's a spark off the bench or whether it's a spark in the team, you need a little bit of luck. I don't think we got any luck today, so it's all of them. Me included. I try and change things up to try and bring some freshness on. And even when I bring three fresh faces, or fresh legs on, we still feel the same. We're in between people and we're chasing, and it's hard."
On Robert Earnshaw [and why he wasn't brought on]:
"Because, it wasn't a case of we had pinned them back. It was a case of the game was still wide open and I think he's good in and around the box. If I want to put Earnshaw on and the result would've finished the same, I'm sure it might have been ‘Well, why didn't you put Darren on,' and those decisions you have to make as a manager and a coach. I just felt it was right."
On Kendall Waston:
"The front two players for Seattle are fantastic players, and they've got good movement. We planned all week for Clint and [Obi], Obi didn't play and Chad came in and credit to Chad, that's two super finishes. The second one was a fantastic finish with his left foot. But, it's not nice when you concede any goal and we knew that would be the case. They would get the chances down that channel and we worked on it, and unfortunately we didn't execute it... 15 chances and we were able to score none today."
On Seattle's defending:
"That's credit to them. Whenever you lose you get back to basics and we'll have to do that. They deserved the victory today. Even though we played well."
Thoughts on if this game is a step back:
"I wouldn't stay a step back, you've got to take these on the chin now and again. You've got to have disappointment then to have an excitement and elation. Today's a disappointment for us. Because it is our rivals, but make no doubt about it, we know they're a good team. Whether they're second, third, fourth, wherever in the table, they are going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the year. We have to make sure we are. So, we just have to rebound because we're going to lose games this year. The good teams are able to bounce back."
On the three matches lost at home and their performance at home:
"We've lost a game of football today. It's unfortunate we've lost three games at home. We've got to make sure we don't lose at home. And we did today so I'll take responsibility for that. We need to do better. Myself included."
On Russell Teibert being taken off [and was it because of Wednesday's match]:
"No. I thought he was dead on his feet. He was playing very well. He was excellent in possession of the ball. I just asked him how much energy he had and he just seemed a little bit tired compared to the levels that he had so it was just Koffie thirty minute fresh legs. That was the only reason."
On Cristian Techera being ‘out-muscled':
"If you look at the size of him, he's not going to change overnight. He needs to think with his head and I think he got some great positions today and caused Seattle a lot of problems without the final execution. And that was throughout the team, a lot of the guys got into some good areas and we didn't execute."
On Mauro Rosales' recovery:
"It would have been a massive risk to play him. I don't take massive risks as you know. So he'll probably be good to go next week. MaybeWednesday, but we'll see how he trains on Monday."
On Sam Adekugbe's injury:
"Sam will be a few weeks. It's not as originally bad as first feared, which is good. That's why he has a smile on his face, but he'll be a few weeks."
RIGHT BACK STEVEN BEITASHOUR
Thoughts on disappointing loss:
"Yes, definitely, it's disappointing especially being at home and against Cascadia rivals. We started off strong but giving that goal just deflated us, deflated the crowd, you could tell. We couldn't rebound from it."
Thoughts on three losses at home:
"It's not a trend we want to continue. When we come home, we want to play in front of our crowd. They are so supportive, so loud and they get behind us. We have to give them something to cheer for and that early goal didn't give them something to get on their feet for."
Thoughts on being 2-0 down at halftime and having to fight back from there:
"Yes, it's tough. They are a smart team, they are mature, they are old, they have been around the block a few times so they know how to keep the ball and make us chase and tire us out. You're just chasing empty grass around, chasing the ball and never getting anything on it. We're down two-nothing and you have to chase. You can't just sit back. Otherwise, they are going to waste all the time in the world. It's one of those things, it's a tough situation to be in. We would like to not go down in the first place so we don't have to worry about that but sometimes things happen and they get lucky breaks where they get one half-chance and one goal and we're going to have to do a better job coming back."
On Sounders FC's strengths:
"They've been there. They are a veteran team. They've got good players in every spot from goalkeeper to their forwards. They were Supporters' Shield winners last season for a reason. They got their squad back. We started off strong. I think we had it but to give up a too easy of a goal is deflating so we can't do that. We have to be smarter and sharper at home and even on the road. We can't do that again."
On avoiding complacency and continuing to work:
"We know we've got a good team but we want to get to a great team. In order to get there, we have to get the stuff out. So we can't come in thinking we know this is going to be easy. We know it's going to be tough. We have to continue to work and improve. We have to see those two goals as perfect examples on not being complacent and letting something like that easy go in."
GOALKEEPER DAVID OUSTED
Thoughts on the match:
"It was very disappointing. I thought other than maybe the first 30 minutes, they were the better team. We lacked a little bit of fire and unfortunately they deserved to win today."
On what he could have done better on the two Sounders FC goals:
"I just saw it again and my first step will always be forward to see if I can get there. In that situation, my decision is that I can't get there - if I get to him in a 50-50 ball and I have to clip him then I'm off. I looked at it again and I stand by my decision. I'll go look at it again and see if I can learn something but all in all, it's a split-second decision and I don't think I could have done anything differently. The second one, I'm a little bit more inclined to say that on a good day, I get there. He gets in behind and takes it first time. A good volley into the side-netting but I think, looking at my position there, I'm more inclined to say that that's a save from me on a good day."
On lessons learned from Sounders FC defence:
"I think we need to put a bit more tempo to it. Like you say, they are a very experienced team and they did really well slowing the game down, keeping the ball and whenever the ball went out, they took their time as they are supposed to do. Whenever we get on the ball, I think we need to try to speed it up. Speedier passes going forward. It's harder for the guys though I saw they did really well closing them down. Whenever we got in their box they had a lot of people in there around the ball."
On defending Chad Barrett:
"We knew that their two front guys was going to do that. Whether it was Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey or Martins and Barrett, we knew that one of them was going in behind. So it wasn't a surprise. Unfortunately, he got in twice and finished it twice. We'll take a look at that and become better in those situations."
On performance at home so far in the season:
"I feel like we're trying to make this our fortress. We're trying to make this a tough place to play. We haven't found that consistency at home. We really want to put on a performance and put on a show for the fans. We need to find that balance and we need to look at how we can get better."
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID:
Thoughts on the match:
"We are pleased. We are pleased with the result. I thought the team played very well tactically. We learned from last week as well and put those lessons into effect. I thought we did a good job of shutting down the balls over the top. I thought we shut down Rivero fairly well and I thought we had Morales in check for most of the game also. We had some timely finishing from Chad."
On Chad Barrett:
"Chad's a forward, he's scored goals in this league before. He is part of our team, he is a good player and scored goals for us last year. We talked about it, I said ‘hey here's your chance, you've got to make use of your opportunity, concentrate, focus on the game.' I tried to keep him in between the two centre backs and look for those little gaps when they popped up and he finished both his chances really well."
On Brad Evans:
"I thought Brad was good. I thought the whole defence was good. Tyrone Mears has been solid on the outside. He's got a tough day with guarding Manneh and I thought he did a good job with him. Remick did well and Ozzie [Alonso] sitting in that gap in front of them makes us a much more solid team defensively. I know we gave away more shots, but so many of their shots were from distance, they were not very troublesome. It's good for the stats but they weren't dangerous."
On frustrating Whitecaps FC on defence:
"We talked about dropping our line. We talked about establishing our line of confrontation a bit further back. We know they like to get the ball to Morales and stretch the team by having Manneh and Techera run behind the defence. We want to take that space away from them and I thought we did that very well."
On Darwin Jones' first appearance:
"He did well. We thought at the very end that his speed could present a problem. He had a good opportunity there on goal. If he hits it a little more far post maybe he sneaks it past him. For his first experience, I'm sure he was a bit nervous but we felt it was the right time to bring him in."
On whether this was a statement win for Seattle:
"It's early in the season but we wanted to let people know that we are still here. We haven't disappeared. I know Dallas and Vancouver have been on top of the table pretty much from the beginning of the season. But we wanted to let people know the road still goes through Seattle."
On Chad Marshall:
"Chad certainly helped us. He solidifies our backline. His defending is an important part of our team. More than anything we asked Chad to change his game. Chad was never a guy who wanted to play possession. I thought he did a great job at it today. He is getting more and more comfortable. He is a good passer of the ball. Sometimes he doesn't want it but he is a good passer. Obviously his leadership, his ability to win headers, the one block that he made. I forgot who dribbled across and he came sliding out to block that shot, that was a big play."
On getting a clean sheet:
"It meant a lot. Three out of our back four are new guys. Remick didn't play that much last year. Tyrone's a new guy, we shifted Brad Evans position and I think those guys are really starting to gel and understand each other."
On Martins injury:
"We'll see. We are hoping he will be able to train next week and we will make a decision as we come into the weekend."
GOALKEEPER STEFAN FREI
Thoughts on the game:
"Great. This was probably our best performance overall just because we were very efficient and in control offensively and defensively. So at all times our possession was on spot. The way we took care of our chances was clinical. It was a pleasure to watch it from the back and at no point was there panic from any of us and that is against a really good team. They like to go a million miles an hour and they usually have that energy to do that for 90 minutes, but when you see some of their guys being dead tired at the end of the game, that means great possession against a team that usually runs you into the ground."
On Barrett scoring two goals:
"Clinical. Sometimes it might be tough when you're on the bench and not seeing the field too much. I think we all believe we are one big unit. And we all have to keep working hard in training and make sure we are ready when we are called upon. He took his chances well today and we needed it."
CENTRE BACK BRAD EVANS
On position change and playing in the back:
"With that position you kind of look back at games as a learning experience. San Jose was a big one where maybe I got too complacent. Last week I think I got a little too complacent as well. I watched some tape this week. We said there is no pressure on the ball, let's trap and we absorbed pressure better like that and play out the back. They are all learning experiences and I am trying not to get ahead of myself."
On two goals by Barrett:
"It's awesome. It's so important and that's about building a deep team. As we step into Champions League and Open Cup this year, it is what we need to capture multiple trophies."