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Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Highlights, stats and quotes

"We’ve got to find a way to be a little bit more goal dangerous, have that last little bit of quality in the final third" -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders rescued a point late through a Lamar Neagle strike after the LA Galaxy led for most of the match thanks to a first-half Gyasi Zardes goal. A significant injury to Jordan Morris and a dubious red card for Roman Torres made the 1-1 draw even more dissapponting for the Sounders.

Seattle are now 11-7-10, +7 GD. They have 43 points through 28 games, or 1.54 PPG, good for 2nd in the Western Conference.


Match Summary

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - LA Galaxy 1

Saturday, September 10, 2017

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field

Referee: Drew Fischer

Assistants: Jeremy Hanson, Kathryn Nesbitt

Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz

VAR: Timothy Ford

Attendance: 44,697

Weather: 69 degrees and sunny

SCORING SUMMARY

LA - Gyasi Zardes (Romain Alessandrini, Jonathan dos Santos) 25'

SEA - Lamar Neagle (Román Torres, Osvaldo Alonso) 85'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

LA - Jermaine Jones (caution) 33'

LA - Bradley Diallo (caution) 42'

LA - Romain Alessandrini (caution) 55'

SEA - Oniel Fisher (caution) 73'

SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 75'

LA - Giovani dos Santos (caution) 80'

LA - Gyasi Zardes (caution) 81'

SEA - Román Torres (ejection) 89'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Oniel Fisher (Gustav Svensson 74'); Osvaldo Alonso - captain; Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Lamar Neagle 83'); Jordan Morris (Will Bruin 61')

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Aaron Kovar, Tony Alfaro, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 20 (Dempsey/Bruin, 4)

Shots on goal: 5 (Five players, 1)

Fouls: 12 (Fisher, 3)

Offside: 3 (Morris, 2)

Corner-kicks: 7 (Lodeiro, 7)

Saves: 1 (Frei, 1)

LA Galaxy - Jon Kempin (Brian Rowe 30'); Bradley Diallo, Dave Romney, Daniel Steres, Ashley Cole; Romain Alessandrini, Jermaine Jones - captain, Jonathan dos Santos, Emmanuel Boateng (Bradford Jamieson IV 84'); Giovani dos Santos, Gyasi Zardes

Substitutes not used: Ariel Lassiter, Jack McInerney, Hugo Arellano, Rafael Garcia, João Pedro

Total shots: 9 (Three players, 2)

Shots on goal: 2 (Alessandrini/Zardes, 1)

Fouls: 16 (Alessandrini, 5)

Offside: 2 (Alessandrini/Zardes, 1)

Corner-kicks: 10 (Alessandrini, 5)

Saves: 4 (Rowe, 3)c

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field

Referee: Drew Fischer

Assistants: Jeremy Hanson, Kathryn Nesbitt

Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz

VAR: Timothy Ford

Attendance: 44,697

Weather: 69 degrees and sunny

SCORING SUMMARY

LA - Gyasi Zardes (Romain Alessandrini, Jonathan dos Santos) 25'

SEA - Lamar Neagle (Román Torres, Osvaldo Alonso) 85'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

LA - Jermaine Jones (caution) 33'

LA - Bradley Diallo (caution) 42'

LA - Romain Alessandrini (caution) 55'

SEA - Oniel Fisher (caution) 73'

SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 75'

LA - Giovani dos Santos (caution) 80'

LA - Gyasi Zardes (caution) 81'

SEA - Román Torres (ejection) 89'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Oniel Fisher (Gustav Svensson 74'); Osvaldo Alonso - captain; Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Lamar Neagle 83'); Jordan Morris (Will Bruin 61')

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Aaron Kovar, Tony Alfaro, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 20 (Dempsey/Bruin, 4)

Shots on goal: 5 (Five players, 1)

Fouls: 12 (Fisher, 3)

Offside: 3 (Morris, 2)

Corner-kicks: 7 (Lodeiro, 7)

Saves: 1 (Frei, 1)

LA Galaxy - Jon Kempin (Brian Rowe 30'); Bradley Diallo, Dave Romney, Daniel Steres, Ashley Cole; Romain Alessandrini, Jermaine Jones - captain, Jonathan dos Santos, Emmanuel Boateng (Bradford Jamieson IV 84'); Giovani dos Santos, Gyasi Zardes

Substitutes not used: Ariel Lassiter, Jack McInerney, Hugo Arellano, Rafael Garcia, João Pedro

Total shots: 9 (Three players, 2)

Shots on goal: 2 (Alessandrini/Zardes, 1)

Fouls: 16 (Alessandrini, 5)

Offside: 2 (Alessandrini/Zardes, 1)

Corner-kicks: 10 (Alessandrini, 5)

Saves: 4 (Rowe, 3)


Post-Match Quotes

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On the importance of Lamar Neagle’s goal:

“Well it was much needed because it salvaged a point. We’ve got to figure out a way to be a little bit more goal dangerous, have that last little bit of quality, in the final third. Maybe even a little more patience, I think sometimes we get rushed. We’re always rushing to score right away when a little bit of patient build up side-to-side makes the gaps a little bit bigger. We did discuss that in training this week, and certainly watching film on LA, getting the ball from the left side and getting Kelvin [Leerdam] involved on the right. I think we need to have that little bit more patience in the final third.”

On the physicality of the game:

“The game in the second half definitely favored LA, not just because they were 1-0 up, but because the fouls that were called. Then the opponent, who’s up 1-0 away from home, absolutely takes their time on every single stoppage of play, it never allows your team to get into any sort of rhythm. That’s just part of the game. We have to do a better job of staying composed, and I know the guys are out there fighting. I’m looking at the stats again, they won 58% of their duels, so you know the team’s trying to get something out of the game. Sometimes those fouls happen, sometimes they’re soft fouls, but it certainly upsets the rhythm of the game.”

On the Román Torres red card:

“Well my personal opinion after seeing it on replay is that Chad Marshall was even almost half a yard, a yard, behind Román when the actual foul took place. I think Jermaine [Jones] was slowing down, it was long run for him. He got through cleanly, but you saw Román really catch up over the last 3-4 yards, and Marshall could’ve made the play as well because Román had cut him off. If he would’ve cut back to his right foot, Chad was right there. So there were two guys, two defenders, in the vicinity. So again, in my opinion it wasn’t a red card.”

On Video Review:

“I know that red card was being reviewed, that’s the procedure. Obviously the referee upstairs and the referee on the field didn’t see it the way I saw it. So, the technology was in use, sometimes this game is subjective and the referee made the decision that he felt was correct.”

On Oniel Fisher’s performance:

“He played very well. His job was to lock-down [Romain] Alessandrini, I know he got the assist, but I’m not pinning that goal on [Oniel] Fisher. He did very well, I think he bottled up Alessandrini for long periods of the game. Alessandrini was getting frustrated, you could tell his frustration level was high at times, so he did his job.”

On Jordan Morris’ injury:

“He’s got a strained hamstring, so we’ll take a look at it. There’s nothing we can do about it today – tonight – so we’ll assess him in the morning. Obviously, he’s got pretty good care, so he’ll be fine.”

On Roman Torres’ assist:

“Roman [Torres] is the captain of Panama, he’s had a good career for a reason. He always plays the game with a lot of enthusiasm. You guys saw some of the character he possesses in some of the videos we had last year. You watch him as he’s on the field and he always gives it his all. So it’s just another sense of one of the Seattle Sounder players trying to make a play and make a difference. It was Román on that particular play, but there were a lot of other guys trying to make plays and trying to get the game to go in our favor. I thought the whole effort of the entire team – I didn’t complain when I spoke to them, I didn’t complain about their effort. We just need to get that final third that little bit of quality, that little bit of better play out of it.”

SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER / FORWARD LAMAR NEAGLE

On what scoring felt like:

“It was great to score at CenturyLink, you know, and being in green and being particularly in front of that goal and in front of the ECS is an amazing feeling.”

On what Coach Schemtzer told Neagle upon entering:

“To create and to be an attacking kind of force once the ball got into the final third and that’s exactly what happened. I got into the final third and I ended up getting into the box and took it from the penalty spot.”

On what was hard about breaking down LA:

“We were kind of taking everything too quickly and weren’t being patient. And then it seemed like we were rushing everything including when I got in, I think the adrenaline was going and I was rushing in a little bit at times where I could of slowed it down. We could of done a better at not taking the first thing that pops up.”

SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER VÍCTOR RODRÍGUEZ (THROUGH TRANSLATOR)

On how his first start felt:

“Very, very nice. People had already mentioned to me how great the fan base is here and how they encourage the team and I am very happy to have my first start in this game.”

On how hard it was to get cohesion going on attack:

“We knew that the game was going to be difficult and this team is a particular team that always goes after us and it’s kind of like a rivalry there. We knew it was going to be like that. But we need to overcome that and we need to continue to play and I know that when I get more familiar with the type of play in the MLS I’m going to be more ready for these types of situations.”

On what LA did to frustrate the attack:

“These are experienced players. They know what they are doing and know how to get into the head of the players and today they did it by fouling a lot and going after us with an aggressive rate but we need to know how to overcome those things. Despite that we were able to generate an important amount of attack today.”

LA GALAXY HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID

On the match:

“I’m proud of the team and proud of the way they battled. I thought the team fought hard, which is something that we’ve been trying to get to. I thought our fighting spirit was good and thought we, at times, played some very good soccer. It was a little difficult at times and the refereeing seemed a little inconsistent to me. The one thing that bothered me more than anything was when you call a foul, the team should take the ensuing free kick at least in the same zip code as the foul was called in. He was constantly letting them take free kicks 10-15 yards away or talking to players and letting free kicks happen and getting played as he’s talking to our players. But at the end of the day, it was a goal and [Lamar] Neagle hit it well. They got a goal late and we had a couple of chances. Giovani’s [dos Santos] free kick…if it doesn’t hit whoever it hit in the wall in the head…that thing is going in. I’m proud. If we can always get our three points at home then get something every time we play on the road, we’ll be good.”

On how the team handled the highly emotional second half:

“I think it was difficult for them sometimes. I don’t know what the stats show, but I think there was a pretty significant foul discrepancy in their favor. You get situations where a player pulls somebody down on the shoulder and it’s a yellow card then players get pulled down on the shoulder and it’s just a foul. That made it frustrating for our guys and we tried to keep them focused. Overall, I think they maintained their ability to focus pretty well.”

On the game plan and how well the team executed:

“Our team did a good job with our game plan. We felt we could get at Seattle in wide spaces and I think we did that with [Romain] Allessandrini and [Emmanuel] Boateng. We scored the goal off a cross and a finish, which is something we were looking to do as well. Defensively, we wanted to make sure Jermaine [Jones] anchored it well. He needed help from Jonathan [dos Santos] because [Nicolás] Lodeiro and [Clint] Dempsey pop up in those soft spaces. I think early on, for a period of time, we had some difficulty, but we sorted that away a lot better in the second half than we did in the first.”

On Jon Kempin and the questionable yellow cards:

“I’ll just get in trouble if I comment on the yellow cards so I’ll avoid commenting on those. We have to see how Kempin is and [Daniel] Steres played through…he got kneed in the back early on in the game and played through that. My hat’s off to him and the way he battled.”

On what it was like coming back to Seattle as a visitor:

“It was a little confusing at the beginning as to where you go. I’d never come into the stadium on a bus before so that was a little different. It was great. I had seven great years here, or whatever it worked out to be, and the fans have always been very, very supportive. Nobody was happier than me when they won the MLS Cup last year because that was something we were striving for. We built a really good foundation here and I was involved in the building of that foundation, and that’s something I’ll always be very proud of.”

On the interaction with Brian Schmetzer:

“It was good. It was good. I think it was more relaxed than it was after the game in LA. That was a little different, but he’s now also in first place, or right there, so he knows he’s more likely to go to the playoffs so he can relax a little bit. Me, I can’t relax because we’re not certain of going anywhere.”

On the Seattle-LA rivalry:

“I think the passion is there and the passion will for sure be there next year, unless we run into them this postseason. We’re still digging and trying to get into that. The first game was one where we just had to change our organization and we had to be better defensively disciplined. We’ve gotten better at that so now we can concentrate a little more on getting out and playing offense and combining and so forth. Today was the first time we had that group on the field together. Obviously then that group changes again next week.”

LA GALAXY DEFENDER DANIEL STERES

On playing with a hurt back:

“[I feel] pretty beat up, just tried to make it through the rest of the game as best I could. Unfortunately, I think it hindered me a little bit on the goal, and just a couple of plays in general, but I tried to fight through it.”

On whether the team’s performance was a step in the right direction:

“Yeah, I mean the performance was good, the team shape was good when defending, we picked our moments to go. So in that sense it’s good. But the locker room is pretty disappointed right now, we feel we should’ve gotten three points out of that game. We let our guard down for a couple of seconds on a quick free kick and it turned into a goal. We still had some chances at the end, but I think overall we’re disappointed. But we’re making progress.”

On whether the team has improved since June/July:

“I think even just with having more of our team around more often now, we’re getting guys in the right spots that we want to be in. Like I said, our shape I think has been a lot better the last two weeks. Just transition moments, making teams try to go around us, that’s been better. So yeah, you can see it in that. Guys are trying to react so we’re not out of it yet, so we’re still pushing. That’s all we can really do.”

On the Sounders’ goal:

“I don’t know if it’s a free kick or not, I thought he just tried to head it out pretty powerfully and he went down. But the referee called it and they took a free kick, I think we fell asleep for a moment. [It was] A long, switched ball to the center back down the line, who, give him credit, played a really good ball across. That’s tough for us defenders, we’re tracking back and Bradley [Diallo] can’t really beat him to that ball right there, and [Lamar Neagle] put it in the right spot.”

LA GALAXY FORWARD GYASI ZARDES

On how the team has evolved over the last few weeks:

“We’re getting a lot of players who were hurt back into the squad. We’ve had the injury bug this year and you can see every weekend someone else is getting hurt. For example, today we had a couple of guys who had to come off the field. That’s just been the only down side. But other than that, I feel like we’re progressing every single game. You can see it. Today I thought we were pretty dominant, just gave up one play.”

On whether tonight’s performance is what the team should expect:

“Like I said before, it’s a totally different team because guys are back and guys are healthy. At the beginning of the year, a lot of guys were hurt and guys were injured. So it was difficult for our team, but I feel like we’re progressing each and every single week. This upcoming game is going to be the true test: at home against Toronto [FC].”

On the space he has when the team plays through the wings:

“I’m working hard at training with my coaches, but also our wing guys are doing an amazing job, Roman [Alessandrini] on the right and Ema [Boateng] on the left. They’re getting to the end-line, they’re getting crosses in, and that’s allowing me to get opportunities. I can easily free myself from two defenders, but they’re finding me.”

On whether the team would’ve gotten this point earlier in the year:

“We’re moving forward, that’s all that matters. We’re moving forward.”

LA GALAXY FORWARD EMMANUEL BOATENG

On being able to get performances out of players that wasn’t possible earlier in season:

“Yeah, for one Sigi took over we shuffled the lineup a few times this was the first time we have a lot of guys healthy and we are figuring out how to play and it’s unfortunate they got their goal but what we did today was brilliant. We got commitment, everyone trucking back on defense and we were attacking, creating a lot of chances, maybe not clear chances, but we were dangerous.”

On opening up wide:

“Yeah it was good. Like I said last week about Jessie and how he does a lot of things and shows up. It’s just him up top, he just pulls the center backs away and pulls up space to allow our wings to do our things. Just a lot of things from everyone else, it opens up for me to create chances. It’s good for us and it helps the team and hopefully we can keep building on that.”

On feeling a sense of hope:

“I wanted [three points], that would have been big. [The Sounders] are on top of the standing and been playing well and to come over here and get a win would have been great. But we also see lots of positives that we got from the game. We just take it game by game. Toronto is going to be a big challenge in our home but we just have to get ready for that one.

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