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Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union: Highlights, stats and quotes

"I am sure he feels more relief than I do. I am sure he is very, very happy. I know he had a couple of really, really good looks in the first half...It's great for him, it's great for our city, it's great for our team." -Sigi Schmid

The disappearing offense from the first few games of the 2016 season has resurfaced, and the Seattle Sounders could have piled on goals with a couple of better finishes or without the heroics of Andre Blake. Jordan Morris found the back of the net. Reading the way Brad Evans describes Jordan's reaction, it seems to have lifted a big weight from the rookie's shoulders.

The Sounders are 2-3-1, 8th in the West, 7th by points-per-game.

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Philadelphia Union 1

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: Drew Fischer

Assistants: Mike Rottersman, Claudio Badea

Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal

Attendance: 39,620

Weather: Cloudy and 62 degrees

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Chad Marshall (Andreas Ivanschitz) 41'

SEA - Jordan Morris (Andreas Ivanschitz) 71'

PHI - Sebastien Le Toux (C.J. Sapong, Fabinho) 73'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

PHI - Roland Alberg (caution) 32'

PHI - Fabinho (caution) 34'

PHI - Roland Alberg (caution; ejection) 53'

SEA - Dylan Remick (caution) 55'

PHI - Leo Fernandes (caution) 88'
SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 90'+5'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans - captain, Chad Marshall, Dylan Remick; Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan (Herculez Gomez 75'), Clint Dempsey; Oalex Anderson (Nelson Valdez 62'), Jordan Morris (Joevin Jones 82'), Andreas Ivanschitz

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Zach Scott, Michael Farfan, Aaron Kovar

Total shots: 19 (3 players tied at 3)

Shots on goal: 8 (Ivanschitz/Morris, 3)

Fouls: 12 (Alonso, 5)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 3 (Ivanschitz, 3)

Saves: 2 (Frei, 2)

Philadelphia Union - Andre Blake; Fabinho (Leo Fernandes 82'), Joshua Yaro, Richard Marquez, Keegan Rosenberry; Warren Creavalle, Vincent Nogueira, Roland Alberg, Chris Pontius (Tranquillo Barnetta 63'), Sebastien Le Toux - captain (Fabian Herbers 75'); C.J. Sapong

Substitutes not used: Matt Jones, Brian Carroll, Anderson, Raymon Gaddis

Total shots: 13 (Sapong, 4)

Shots on goal: 3 (3 players tied at 1)

Fouls: 15 (Alberg, 5)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 7 (Alberg, 4)

Saves: 7 (Blake, 7)

POST MATCH QUOTES:

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID

Opening statement:

"Obviously we are happy with the win. We wanted to get a win at home, we wanted to move out of the basement - that was our objective for today, so we accomplished those goals. I thought the first 15 minutes they were better than us - we were way too loose - but then we pressed the tempo a little bit, and it was better. We had some really good looks on goal. Sometimes you ask yourself why those looks didn't go in - the [Andreas] Ivanschitz one, the Herculez [Gomez] one, Jordan [Morris] had one earlier, Clint [Dempsey] had an opportunity as well. You look at those opportunities and say, ‘Hey, one more could have gone in, the dam could have broken.' But it didn't, and you could say we were a little nervous at the end. In the end, we won the game and that's going to help us win the next time."

On the substitutions:

"I thought we had brought Ivanschitz back into the midfield because we took [Cristian] Roldan out, and had Ivanschitz play in Roldan's role so we were still at three forwards. We brought in Joevin [Jones] at the end on the left-hand side because we wanted to move Herc to the other side of the field, so we made that change. Those are the reasons."

On halftime adjustments:

"We just talked about trying to get behind the defense more, trying to use the speed that Jordan and Oalex [Anderson] provide for us. To exploit that, we felt they played a high line and that we could use our pace to get behind them."

On Andreas Ivanschitz:

"Obviously he helps us an awful lot on set pieces. I didn't think his service was very good last week - he would be the first one to admit that - but his service was much better this week at practice. It's great to see him get rewarded. The guys did such a good job of running to free [Chad] Marshall up at the back post, and the ball was there."

On Chad Marshall's two goals in two matches:

"I am happy for Chad. I told him after he scored his first one, ‘Let's try to get five, six this year - the same as when we won the Cup in Columbus.'"

On Jordan Morris scoring his first goal:

"I am sure he feels more relief than I do. I am sure he is very, very happy. I know he had a couple of really, really good looks in the first half...It's great for him, it's great for our city, it's great for our team."

On Oalex Anderson:

"Oalex is just wonderfully unpredictable. His speed presented problems and issues, and he got behind their defense at certain times. Then there are times where it's a simple thing it doesn't come off, then there's times where it's a complicated thing and it does come off. He certainly is a player who I thought in his 60 minutes posed a threat for the opponent."

On having patience as a young player:

"When you've been around for a longer time, you know it's going to happen - even if it's not happening now. You learn to be patient. When you're young, you're not very patient. You want it to be yesterday, not tomorrow. For tomorrow, it caused some impatience and anxiety, but it was the time that we needed it."

SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER BRAD EVANS

On the win:

"We talked about this yesterday and the day before that it was important to start a little bit of a streak. We needed it no matter how it came. There were some good moments night and there were some poor ones so in saying that overall happy with the three points for sure."

On talking to Jordan Morris:

"Yeah, right after the goal I said, ‘That's it, the flood gates are now open,' and he said, ‘Finally,' and kind of looked up to the sky so you hope that's the one that breaks the bank and they keep flowing from here on out."

On the Philadelphia goal:

"Obviously watching the play again Chad and I get switched up and [C.J.] Sapong fades late to the far post and I probably should've just gone up with him but looking at the ball and then looking where he is; I looked at probably the ball when I should've looked at him knowing when he's going to jump. I just looked at the wrong time and wasn't able to jump up with him and challenge him. Either way he gets a clean knockdown and Seba finishes a good goal."

SOUNDERS FC FORWARD JORDAN MORRIS

On scoring first goal:

"I'm feeling good; great ball by Andreas [Ivanschitz] and happy to put the ball away, but obviously what matters is three points and it's good to keep the streak going."

On using outside of foot:

"I'm pigeon-toed so that's a little bit more natural for me. I just kind of stab at the ball like that sometimes. I get some slack for it but it's just more natural for me. It happens kind of fast so I just put my foot out there and glad it went in."

To score at home:

"Yeah it was great to score in front of the fans and my family; that was awesome."

On offense going in right direction:

"Yeah definitely. We started with a different formation and different personnel of course coming in. I think it's definitely gelling though. Each game it's gotten better and better so it's exciting."

On playing with Oalex Anderson:

"Oalex does a really good job and guys like Clint [Dempsey] and Andreas are so good at finding me in behind at make it easy for us. He's done really well and I'm happy for him."

On if he had family here:

"Decent amount. They come to a lot of home games so it was nice to score for them."

SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER ANDREAS IVANSCHITZ

On how the team is playing:

"I think that an unbeaten streak of three now is good for us. We're happy about that. The way we started the game was not good at all. I think Philly played better than us but after the first 20 minutes we played good, we created a couple of chances and we scored and then in the second half I think the game opened up for us. We should've score more goals today."

On his shot not going in:

"Yeah, of course. It was a perfect pass from Jordan and I thought the ball goes in but all of a sudden he saved it and I was very surprised honestly but it doesn't matter. We won. Huge win for us, very important win for us tonight. It doesn't matter how we started or how we ended; all that counts, all that's important it three points and we can move on.

On Jordan Morris' maturity:

"Right from the start when we signed him there was a lot of pressure on him. It's very important that he scored his first goal and I'm very happy about that because honestly I was young too and I know how hard it is at times. You get all these questions all the time like "When will you score your first goal" and you just have to stay focused and that's what he did. He's a good boy; he's training every day very hard. He's stayed, he's stayed calm and just focused and a well-deserved goal for him tonight."

PHILADELPHIA UNION HEAD COACH JIM CURTIN

On the game:

"I'm very proud of my group. It's a tough environment, tough atmosphere with 50,000 people. There were some young players on the field who I thought performed well. Unfortunate that the red card happens...40 minutes left in the game, reoccurring theme in MLS right now. We've talked with our guys about trying to stay on our feet to avoid these things, [don't] give the ref an opportunity to make a call. It's a soft second yellow, but at the same time, we still pushed, we still fought. I thought we had a lot of the ball and created some chances, but in the big moments, we came up a little bit short. It's disappointing to give up a set piece goal, but we learn from it. We started with a difficult schedule with four out of six on the road and I'm not happy with where we are, but we got through a difficult stretch pretty well and now we go home for three in a row."

On Josh Yaro first career start:

"A strong game from Josh. It's as tough as an assignment as you can get to deal with Jordan Morris and to deal with Clint Dempsey. But I thought he did well. Physically, there was never a question in my mind about him being ready. He can run, he's good on the ball, he reads things well. Obviously you're nervous for a young guy when he gets his first start and when there's 50,000 people here, it's not easy. But he's a guy I believe in. It's difficult that we lost Ken Tribbett to injury earlier in the week, but I thought Josh stepped in and performed well. You learn from your first game for sure...I thought he had a solid game."

On Seattle's lineup and approach:

"First of all, they're a good team. They have a lot of winners in their group. You look at the table and they're towards the bottom, but at the same time they have a lot of guys than can make a play, that have been through big games and those guys stepped up today. We knew whether it was a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2, we knew Clint was going to drift all over the place so that was kind of our key - to focus on him. The kid Jordan Morris can play obviously. He's got some pace, he can run and get in behind then Ivanschitz plays a heck of a ball on the second goal. Again, we got beat by a good team - a team that was in need of a win - and they came through and got it. Certain nights you tip your cap, but we did push hard and could've gotten something from the game if not for the red card."

On controlling the run of play in the first 15-20 minutes:

"Yeah...we talk about a big game, a big crowd and atmosphere. It's exciting to play. These are the games as a pro that you want to play in. It was fast, it was high tempo and we were able to be on the ball a lot. I thought we came up short on the final ball. Instead of a good, firm ball on the ground that penetrates them it was kind of a chip ball into the box and Chad [Marshall] is going to come away with those. Again, a little indecisive on the final ball, but yeah, you're right, we had the first 20 minutes - a lot of the ball and we were able to move it side to side and create some problems for them. They were dangerous on the counterattack and they got us on the set piece so it's disappointing in that regard. And disappointing we didn't get something from the game to go home with."

On whether Roland Alberg's play deserved a cumulative red card:

"On the play, I just watched it, he has the ball so he's running with it, maybe takes the touch a little bit too far ahead of him. He kind of half slides, he's kind of in possession of the ball. He does kind of clip [Cristian] Roldan...they're both pushing and fighting for the ball and leave their feet. Once again, if you leave your feet, in MLS 2016, they're going to make a decision one way or the other. We've talked with our guys a lot about that - staying on your feet. Leave your feet maybe to block a shot - that's about it. So once you leave it in the referee's hands they can always go against it. I don't think it's a red card. I don't think his first yellow card in the first half was a yellow card either. I did talk to the referee at halftime about that and I said I thought the first one was soft. It should take something bad for one of our guys to get sent off and sure enough eight minutes later it happened. It's difficult. I'm not here to complain about the referees. I think we had moments in the game where we could've been better, but when you leave it in their hands, and leave your feet, there's always a chance they'll send you off."

PHILADELPHIA UNION DEFENDER JOSHUA YARO

On playing his first MLS Game and playing in front of 40,000 fans:

"It was great. As a young player and making my debut has always been my dream. To get a chance to play for a club like the Union and get a start was a great feeling. I had the help of my coaches and teammates and I know it is a moment I will cherish for the rest of my life. I tried to enjoy every bit of it and it was a great feeling."

On facing off against Dempsey and Morris:

"I have always played my game in a way in that it doesn't matter who I am going against. If you don't do your job you are going to get punished by anyone in this league. So I try to keep the same mentality when I am going against Dempsey or any other person. Our coach really made that clear. Every game is a new challenge and you have to go in and do your part and work hard. I think that is something that has stuck with me and I try to live by that and I try to execute every game and play my best."

On if the preparation changed upon finding out about starting:

"Well I guess the whole week of training I kind of had a feeling I was going to start but it wasn't until Friday when my coach told me I was going to start. It is good when a coach is confident in you and believes in you that he can put you in this type of environment and play. I think that gave me extra confidence to know that yes I am here and yes I deserve to be here and can play as well as others. It is a great feeling. I guess when you know you are going to start you have to soak in every detail. When you are sitting in meetings you have to be extra careful and pay attention to extra details."

On having his first start but the team losing:

"It is tough for me for sure on making my debut and the team losing. That being said, I know it is a group of guys out there that will fight. We have a lot of strong characters on this team. Although we lost tonight, everyone is looking ahead to the next game and all the guys, in their eyes are looking forward to the next game and challenge and how to get better as a team and respond. It is tough for me. Going away, I would have loved to win and made my debut on a win but it was still a good experience."

PHILADELPHIA UNION FORWARD SEBASTIEN LE TOUX

On his goal:

"It was a bit weird because we were losing. CJ gave me a great header, he laid it back to me and I just hit it pretty good. I got a cramp on my calf and I was pretty tired so there wasn't a celebration not that I would have. It was kind of a weird moment down on the ground. It was a good goal but it didn't help us to get anything so it was a disappointment for sure."

On wearing the Captain's armband and having played in Seattle:

"Of course it was an honor to be chosen as the captain. I was the oldest player on the team. I have played here a long time. [Brian Carroll] and Tranquillo [Barnetta] are usually the captains but were on the bench so coach decided to put me in as captain. It was a good to be the captain and trying to lead by example and I tried to do this. When you wear the armband you maybe give a little bit more to try and help the younger players. I feel disappointed because we lost but I think all of the guys played well. We didn't get a lot of help from the referee. It was disappointing. I think if we would have stayed 11-v-11 we could have maybe gotten something out of this game and maybe got three points. We were just unfortunate. All of the guys fought well."

On playing a second time this year almost an entire half with one less player:

"I would say in Chicago it was maybe a warranted card. We could have not done the second foul for the second yellow. On the one tonight I thought it was a pretty soft foul. I think the three were soft. The referee wanted to get the show or something. I am not sure what he was wanting to do. I think it was a good game to the end. I think we tried and fought for us. I think even at ten we played with them well and it wasn't as easy as maybe they thought it was going to be. We know the referees sometimes are like this. Unfortunately, twice now we have played with ten players away from home. It is not easy. We know we can get results. We will continue to work. When we have a game like this we will try and get at least one point from it."

On your thoughts on coming back to Seattle and playing here where you once played:

"Of course. It is great to be here and all of the fans are always top class with me and always cheering for me. Before the game and during the game lots of people I could hear calling my name. I know I am always a Sounder in their heart, so it is always great coming here and I am happy to come here. I have some great connections here in Seattle. I have nothing against the Sounders and I think it is the same for the people here. I always enjoy my time. Unfortunately, I am not a Sounder anymore. It is a mutual respect and it is great being here. The Sounders are top class and the fans are great here so it is always great to come to Seattle even if you don't wear the same jersey."

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