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Seattle Sounders vs. Orlando City SC: Highlights, stats and quotes

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“We’ve got to put our head down and work, number one. We’re still second from bottom so no one is cheering. The ship hasn’t been righted just yet, we have to keep climbing and working.” -Brad Evans

In a thrilling match in Florida, Clint Dempsey got back to his goalscoring ways with three goals. Of course, it might have been the three easiest-ever finishes for a hat trick, thanks to the constant runs and selfless assists from rookie Jordan Morris leaving him an open net each time.

Providing the killer passes were Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Roldan, and even the much-maligned Tyrone Mears. On the other side of the ball, despite giving up a very easy early goal, the Seattle defense locked things down and bottled up Kaka and co. for the most part. The newly-acquired Matias Perez-Garcia did cause some problems when he came on the pitch, and he looks to be a good addition for Orlando.

Meanwhile, Seattle could bring on their own other new shiny (yet familiar) signing in Flaco Fernandez, who nearly added to the tally himself to finish out the match.

The Sounders are now 7-12-3, -5 on GD. They are in ninth place in the West, currently eight points back from that last playoff spot.

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 3 - Orlando City SC 1

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Venue: Camping World Stadium

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Cameron Blanchard

Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath

Attendance: 28,247

Weather: Cloudy and 85 degrees

SCORING SUMMARY

ORL - Seb Hines (Kaká) 7'

SEA - Clint Dempsey (Tyrone Mears, Nicolás Lodeiro) 14'

SEA - Clint Dempsey (Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan) 37'

SEA - Clint Dempsey (Jordan Morris, Nicolás Lodeiro) 48'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

ORL - Antonio Nocerino (caution) 33'

ORL - Seb Hines (caution) 58'

SEA - Cristian Roldan (caution) 64'

SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 73'

SEA - Nicolás Lodeiro (caution) 75'

SEA - Zach Scott (caution) 76'

ORL - David Mateos (caution) 84'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans - captain, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Zach Scott 57'); Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan; Nicolás Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey (Nelson Valdez 59'), Andreas Ivanschitz (Alvaro Fernandez 83'); Jordan Morris

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Erik Friberg, Oalex Anderson, Herculez Gomez

Total shots: 12 (Dempsey, 4)

Shots on goal: 5 (Dempsey, 4)

Fouls: 16 (4 players, 3)

Offside: 3 (3 players, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Ivanschitz, 2)

Saves: 2 (Frei, 2)

Orlando City SC - Joe Bendik; Kevin Alston, Seb Hines, David Mateos, Luke Boden; Antonio Nocerino (Carlos Rivas 78'), Servando Carrasco; Hadji Barry (Matías Pérez García 55'), Kaká, Brek Shea (Julio Bpatista 67'); Cyle Larin

Substitutes not used: Earl Edwards, Mike Ambrose, José Aja, Tony Rocha

Total shots: 13 (Hines, 5)

Shots on goal: 3 (Hines, 2)

Fouls: 13 (Carrasco, 3)

Offside: 1 (Larin, 1)

Corner-kicks: 4 (Kaká, 4)

Saves: 2 (Bendik, 2)

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer

Thoughts on game

"Very pleased with a couple of different things especially going down 1-0 and being able to come back and get the goals we needed to win the game is very important. Second, very happy with the defenders to limit the Orlando City team to a single goal."

Thoughts on taking off Clint Dempsey

"He was just feeling a little winded and this is a team sport. What happened for me is that Jordan Morris is pretty fast and Clint was trying to catch up to him and having to sprint up to him from 60-70 meters every time wore him out."

Thoughts on midseason coaching change

"I was unaware that this is Orlando City’s first loss in over a year. I’d prefer to take a look at the history of the Seattle Sounders franchise. Over the years we were just a really good road team. We can be a good road team and need to be a good road team to make it to the playoffs."

Seattle Sounders Defender Brad Evans

Thoughts on the upcoming games

"I think as we move forward and as guys get more confident you’re going to see even more out of those guys. Pushing forward is two home games. We don’t look past the first one obviously but we have an opportunity to start climbing the ladder against teams that are within striking distance but we’ve also got some games in hand so this can pay dividends in the end if we can get a couple good results."

"We’ve got to put our head down and work, number one. We’re still second from bottom so no one is cheering. The ship hasn’t been righted just yet, we have to keep climbing and working. But like I said we can get two results with a midweek game we can start climbing the ladder. We get this group back tomorrow morning and back at training on Tuesday. This is a group that wants to be out there right now and get better and learn the system and everything that comes with a new coach. They want to be together right now so that’s massive for us."

Thoughts on team feeling pressure

"It definitely is a confidence booster. We’ll be happy with this one and put it in the back. One goal away from home against a team that’s put three in the back of the net last week, it says something about our squad right now. But we have to continue that. Anytime we get too confident we get knocked down a peg and we can’t afford that right now. We’ll relish the result tonight but come tomorrow on the plane we know that our next task at hand is to keep climbing that ladder."

Seattle Sounders Forward Jordan Morris

Thoughts on the game

"Great team performance. It’s exactly what we need to come here and get a win on the road and kind of turn the season out a little bit. From the front to the back everyone had a great game."

Thoughts on being a striker

"Nico [Nicolas Lodeiro] is a great player. Both him and Clint [Dempsey] underneath can find those balls and that’s my strength is looking to get behind and both those guys and Nico for sure look for those and finds you in the eye. He’s been a really good addition."

Thoughts on the coming week

"We have a lot more work to do to try to make the playoffs but it gives us confidence. Just build off it. Winning feels so much better. This week is going to be more positive. Just got to look for next week and get three points."

Thoughts on playing in Orlando

"It was good. They’re a good team, good atmosphere plus It was fun."

Seattle Sounders Forward Clint Dempsey

Thoughts on team’s performance

"I thought we put in a solid performance tonight. We started off on the wrong foot in terms of conceding on a set piece away from home. We had our backs against the wall but through our play and movement we were able to create chances and I thought the guys were great tonight."

Thoughts on Nicolas Lodeiro

"He’s a quality player. It helps in the attacking third being able to keep possession, being able to find people that are running up the ball you can see that when he found Tyrone [Mears] on the first goal with the great ball in. Also Cristian [Roldan] with the great ball over the top to Jordan [Morris] who played awesome tonight. Thought he could have had five assists tonight. Was really unselfish and caused them a lot of problems but like I said I thought it was a great overall performance from the team and we’re happy to have Lodeiro to bring that little more of that bite."

Thoughts on what opened it up

"Like I said the first goal [Nicolas] Lodeiro was able to find Tyrone [Mears] and he was able to pick me out in the box. The second goal was Cristian [Roldan] chipping the ball over the top and Jordan [Morris] making a great run being able to find me. The third goal was Lodeiro upped the space for our team. They kept a high line and Ozzie [Osvaldo Alonso] was unbelievable. It was a great team performance for us and a great win. If we want to make a push we needed to start now because we don’t have many games left we need to go on a run and hopefully we can build on it."

Thoughts on playing in Orlando

"It felt good. Great atmosphere similar to what we have in Seattle being able to play in front of a packed stadium so it was great to come down here for the first time and to get the right result only makes it sweeter."

Thoughts on field

"I think it’s tough for both teams playing on turf. It’s matted down and hard in an ideal world you want to play on grass but still both teams have to play on it. I think we have a newer turf at our place and it has a little more give to it and softer on your joints but still a great stadium to play in and a great crowd and I was happy to be here and play a part in it."

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Orlando City SC Head Coach Jason Kreis

Thoughts on the game

"Obviously very disappointed with the result, but I think some of it’s natural. I think from what I saw tonight we saw a group that the energy looked low, but we’ve been asking a lot of them for two weeks now. I think some of the adjustment is going to take some time from a physical standpoint. I think that could explain some of the lack of energy. From a tactical standpoint we are still working. It’s going to take some time."

Thoughts on the defense

"Obviously we were allowing their players to find the gaps we talked about we didn’t want to allow them to find. They found those gaps, they were able to turn and then they were playing passes in behind us. I think we had a little bit of confusion with our back four for what we were trying to do. Felt like we were almost trying to play an offside trap and that’s certainly not what we were asking."

Thoughts on team feeling pressure

"The effect that I’m talking about is from a training effect. We’ve been training a little harder and a little longer and doing a lot more talking from a tactical perspective. So we’re putting a little bit more fatigue on the players than I think they are used to. I’ve been looking for signs of that and tonight was probably a big glaring sign. It doesn’t mean we’re going to work less; it means our bodies are going to adapt. We’re going to get a hold of that. In the long run we’re going to be fit enough to handle the workload and increase our fitness level."

Thoughts on Kevin Molino not playing

"Disappointing situation. He had a little bit of a hamstring tweak a couple of days ago in training. He was actually ruled out yesterday it wasn’t a last minute decision."

Thoughts on Matías Pérez García energizing the team

"I think he did some interesting things and looked to me like he established a relationship with [Kaká] right away. We will look at that for consideration for next week."

Thoughts on yellow cards

"We’ve spoken a lot about reactions to adversity from individual players. For me some of the yellow cards that have come are because of poor reactions to adversity. Now we’re at a place where we’ve collected them so we can’t go back and fix them. I’m going to hope that in the future we’ll have less of them happening so that collectively we’re not having so many and having players suspended for those yellow cards and guess what, now we’ve got a huge opportunity to react to adversity."

Orlando City Defender David Mateos

Thoughts on the first loss at home in over a year for Orlando City

"We are not happy. I think we can do more in the game. In the second half we could have done everything to tie the game but football is like this when you’re leading the first fifteen minutes they can just score three goals just like that."

Thoughts on Dempsey getting behind the back line multiple times

"The thing about Seattle is we trained hard all week for stopping them and we made a good game until after they made a goal and everything go down. We trained hard all week and this is not an excuse but we have a lot of games more and we look forward to Chicago."

Thoughts on the change in practice with new coach

"I feel good because we never trained like this in the last six months. Now the last three weeks he comes here and put his philosophy and train hard and the last four days it was hard training."

Thoughts on the hard training taking a toll on tonight

"No I think this training is very good for us. This is normal the first two weeks. It’s difficult but after three or four weeks we will get his style and it would be a good way."

Describe how you feel after receiving the yellow card

"I felt very frustrated about the yellow card because I have to miss a game and I feel very good on the field. I train very hard and I try to show my quality to the new coach. But whoever plays in my position in the next game will play good. I am frustrated about missing one game."