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Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes, Open Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

“The one stat that sticks out is we won 57.6% of our duels, so the guys battled and they worked hard and that's all I could ask for.” -Brian Schmetzer


Seattle Sounders FC 1 - San Jose Earthquakes 2

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Venue: Avaya Stadium

Referee: Nima Saghafi

Assistants: Chris Elliott, Eric Ehrhardt

Fourth Official: Joseph Dickerson

Attendance: 13,442

Weather: Clear and 60 degrees


SJ - Shea Salinas 6'

SEA - Aaron Kovar 48'

SJ - Danny Hoesen (Jackson Yueill) 84'


SEA - FranciscoNarbón (ejection) 35'

SEA - Will Bruin (caution) 82'

SJ - Anibal Godoy (caution) 90'+2'


Seattle Sounders FC - Tyler Miller; Nouhou, Tony Alfaro, Samuel Rogers, Henry Wingo (Will Bruin HT); Joevin Jones, Ray Saari (Oniel Fisher 87'), Francisco Narbón, Aaron Kovar; Irvin Parra (David Olsen 90'), Harry Shipp

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Brian Nana-Sinkam, Rodrigue Ele, Zach Mathers

Total shots: 4 (Shipp, 2)

Shots on goal: 2 (Kovar/Bruin, 1)

Fouls: 8 (Bruin, 2)

Offside: 1 (Parra, 1)

Corner-kicks: 2 (Kovar, 2)

Saves: 5 (Miller, 5)

San Jose Earthquakes - Andrew Tarbell; Nick Lima, Andrés Imperiale, Kofi Sarkodie; Shea Salinas (Cordell Cato 90'+2'), Jackson Yueill, Aníbal Godoy, Jahmir Hyka (Danny Hoesen 77'), Kip Colvey; Tommy Thompson (Victor Bernárdez 90'), Chris Wondolowski

Substitutes not used: David Bingham, Matt Bersano, Shaun Francis, Thomas Janjigian

Total shots: 20 (Salinas/Thompson, 4)

Shots on goal: 7 (Salinas, 2)

Fouls: 13 (Imperiale/Godoy, 3)

Offside: 1 (Colvey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 9 (Hyka, 5)

Saves: 1 (Tarbell, 1)



Overall thoughts on the game:

“Well, it's unfortunate that the guys worked extremely hard, going down a man—again—and being able to manufacture a goal and then giving up a second goal. I thought both goals were preventable. The first one we needed to be a little bit quicker to react to that ball on top of the box, and then certainly, the second goal. Learning curve, defending too deep. Can't let a guy dribble past four of our guys, so thought we gave them a couple of goals. But overall, the stats don't look very pretty after we went down a guy, but the one stat that sticks out is we won 57.6% of our duels, so the guys battled and they worked hard and that's all I could ask for.”

On the red card:

“It's the same guy that made us retake the penalty in Chicago. I have to again stick to my standard line: referees have it tough. I mean, it could have gone either way. When you watch the replay, you can say, 'yes, it was a red.' You can say, 'no, it was a yellow.' They have to do their job to the best of their ability, so we have to control what we control. ”


Overall thoughts on the match:

“It was definitely a game that had a lot of aggressive tackles in it and I think that once we got that red card it really changed the progression of the game. I think as we got into it, we were able to settle down and control and keep the ball a little bit better, but it was just unfortunate getting a red card. It's always going to be tough playing for 60-plus minutes and coming away with a result.”

On his instructions to his teammates:

“Once we got the red card, it was like the 37th minute, so I just wanted the guys to settle down and bunker in and play strong until halftime so that way we can go in and regroup. But I thought the guys put in a solid effort for what we were dealt and can't blame them at all.”

On left back Nouhou Tolo's performance:

“Nouhou had a great game. It's a hard position going up and down the wing and Nouhou is a tremendous athlete. He's also very young, so that helps, but he did a great job tonight defending and attacking.”

On equalizing after being a man down:

“We were talking and we knew that one way that we were going to get a goal was off a set piece and [Aaron] Kovar hit a phenomenal strike into the upper 90 and we knew that if we could get another chance at that we had some big guys in there that could fight and we could maybe squeeze another one out and I think we were pretty unfortunate not to get a second one.”

On being able to play in the Open Cup:

“It's a great experience for me, no doubt. I really enjoy traveling and being able to play in a bunch of different stadiums to give myself experience in playing in a hostile environment, and so I'm just going to take this as a good learning experience and see what I can do better and then move forward.”


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