It wasn’t how the team planned to take a point from the game, surely, but the Seattle Sounders have one to take back to their home opener next Sunday. After a rough performance for much of the game, they’ll take it.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Venue: Olympic Stadium
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Brian Poeschel
Fourth Official: Geoff Gamble
Weather: Mostly cloudy and 4 degrees (indoors)
MTL - Matteo Mancosu (Ignacio Piatti) 17'
MTL - Ignacio Piatti (Patrice Bernier) 51'
SEA - Nico Lodeiro (penalty) 83'
SEA - Will Bruin (Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan) 90'+4'
MTL - Laurent Ciman (caution) 11'
MTL - Matteo Mancosu (caution) 65'
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Gustav Svensson (Oniel Fisher 59'), Román Torres (Will Bruin 85'), Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones; Osvaldo Alonso - captain, Cristian Roldan, Nico Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey, Harry Shipp (Henry Wingo 72'); Jordan Morris
Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Jordy Delem, Alvaro Fernandez
Total shots: 15 (Dempsey/Morris, 3)
Shots on goal: 4 (4 players, 1)
Fouls: 5 (5 players, 1)
Offside: 2 (Shipp/Lodeiro, 1)
Corner-kicks: 6 (Lodiero/Shipp, 3)
Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)
Montreal Impact - Evan Bush; Chris Duvall, Victor Cabrera (Wandrille Lefevre 90'+2'), Laurent Ciman, Ambroise Oyongo; Patrice Bernier (Adrián Arregui 59'), Marco Donadel, Hernan Bernardello, Dominic Oduro (Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla 67'), Ignacio Piatti; Matteo Mancosu
Substitutes not used: Maxime Crépeau, Daniel Lovitz, Calum Mallace, Nick DePuy
Total shots: 8 (Piatti, 3)
Shots on goal: 5 (Piatti 3)
Fouls: 14 (Bernardello, 3)
Offside: 1 (Mancosu, 1)
Corner-kicks: 1 (Donadel, 1)
Saves: 2 (Bush, 2)
Head Coach Brian Schmetzer
On Will Bruin’s goal and letting the other team take a lead:
“I don’t want to go down two goals. Will is great. That’s why we brought him here. I don’t want to go down two goals.”
On his team’s performance:
“If you look at the stats sheet, there’s a lot of positive. 55% possession, our passing accuracy is at 83%, duels won 55%, 12 shots from inside the box and total shot 15. The game was what we wanted to play, but we don’t want to have to fight and scratch and bite and have to wait until 30 seconds of the end of the match to score a goal. We also don’t want to concede two goals.”
On Nacho Piatti:
“He’s a good player. You saw tonight. You saw when he came in the league, he’s been great.”
On the disallowed goal:
“I haven’t seen the replay live. I couldn’t tell. Referees have a difficult job. I don’t envy them. Would they have replayed it with instant replay? Not necessarily, because Jair Marrufo thinks he saw the call cleanly. Tough to say but I thought he was in good position to make the call.”
Defender Oniel Fisher
On his debut:
“The coaches asked me to be aggressive and work hard to help the team. That’s what I did and we got a PK.”
On taking a point on the road:
“It’s a work in progress. This point is crucial for us. We go back home for our game next week.”
On his assessment of his game today:
“There’s always space to work on a lot of stuff. I’m going to continue working and help this team as much as I can.”
Forward Will Bruin
On opening his MLS scoring account for his new team:
“It was great. I’m surprisingly tired for about eight minutes, I’m just going to call it goal of the week now. It’s definitely the monkey off my back [scoring his first Seattle goal] and get a league goal, it feels good. Hopefully it opens up the floodgates and there are more to come. I didn’t come here expecting to be a starter, but the way I look at it, I take opportunities when they come.”
On his goal:
“The ball had some backspin towards me. I was the first to react and pounce on it. I toe poked it so quickly that it froze Bush.”