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Seattle Sounders vs. Santa Tecla: Highlights, stats and quotes

“Certainly, the frustration level of the team was super high because of the antics of the opposition, slowing the tempo. So, I think you had a resolute group that was in that locker room that was pissed off.” -Brian Schmetzer


MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 4 (5) - Santa Tecla FC 0 (1)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field

Referee: Walter Lopez

Assistants: Gerson Lopez, Alejandro Camarena

Fourth Official: Sherwin Moore

Attendance: 35,549

Weather: Clear

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Will Bruin (Nicolás Lodeiro) 46’

SEA - Nicolás Lodeiro (Clint Dempsey) 69’

SEA - Chad Marshall (Nicolás Lodeiro) 81’

SEA - Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Clint Dempsey) 83’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

ST - Fernando Quintanilla (caution) 3’

ST - Marlon Cornejo (caution) 14’

ST - Gerson Mayen (caution) 53’

SEA - Gustav Svensson (caution) 60’

SEA - Clint Dempsey (caution) 75’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Jordan McCrary, Chad Marshall, Tony Alfaro (Magnus Wolff Eikrem HT), Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey (Henry Wingo 87’), Harry Shipp (Lamar Neagle 78’); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Alex Roldan, Jordy Delem, Waylon Francis

Total shots: 13 (Svensson, 3)

Shots on goal: 7 (Lodeiro, 2)

Fouls: 16 (Bruin, 6)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 6 (Lodeiro, 4)

Saves: 1 (Frei, 1)

Santa Tecla FC - Joel Almeida; Roberto Dominguez, Juan Barahona, Yosimar Quinones; Bryan Tamacas (Liber Quinones 74’), Gerson Mayen, Fernando Quintanilla (Gilberto Baires 64’), Marlon Cornejo (William Canales 72’); Aldair Rivera, Ricardinho, Wilma Torres

Substitutes not used: Hector Ramirez, Andres Flores Jaco, Alexander Mendoza, Harold Alas

Total shots: 4 (Barahona, 2)

Shots on goal: 1 (Mayen, 1)

Fouls: 23 (Mayen/Torres, 2)

Offside: 1 (Ricardinho, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Mayen, 2)

Saves: 3 (Almeida, 3)


Post-Match Quotes

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On the improved performance in the second half:

“I would say that it’s a combination of everything. I would start off by saying the game needed a goal. We had a good corner kick early on in the first half when Chad [Marshall] barely missed, and we are supposed to have a guy covering that back post spot. That guy, I’m not going to name names, wasn’t there. So, that makes it 1-0 early in the game, the game could have opened up early on. Certainly, the frustration level of the team was super high because of the antics of the opposition, slowing the tempo. So, I think you had a resolute group that was in that locker room that was pissed off. So they wanted to get that goal to open up the game. And certainly, Magnus [Wolff Eikrem] coming on helped. Nico [Lodeiro] dropping back a line certainly helped, people [were] in better spots. Once things started to click, I think the other side of it was that Santa Tecla – it was a big ask for them come here and try to get another result. I think just the quality of our team – Nico [Lodeiro] on the first assist to Will [Bruin], Will doing what he does, Lodeiro, Dempsey with two assists – our quality showed through tonight.”

On the formation once Wolff Eikrem entered the match:

“Our thought process was we knew he was going to feature in the game at some point, he had just gotten his Visa, so we wanted to take a look at him. The thought process was to get another attacking player on the field. It’s not that Gustav [Svensson] or Tony [Alfaro] or that decision was made just because of Eikrem. I felt that Gustav moving back, he was almost playing like that in the first half. I thought he and Cristian [Roldan] were getting the ball off the center backs in the first half, so we had four guys behind their two forwards and it wasn’t doing us any good. That means the numbers up front, it was Dempsey and Bruin against six of their guys. We wanted to flip those numbers around, and we made Gustav and Chad do a little bit more with the ball going forward.”

On Nouhou’s Champions League debut:

“He did okay. That’s what you’re going to get from Nouhou. You’re going to get a lot of energy, a lot of physicality, lots of athleticism, but he still needs to work. He’s a work in progress. Some of his final decisions on his passing, when he gets into the corners, can he bring it back out [and] keep possession? Does he swing balls in? Some of those little nuances of the game, they’ll come. He’s eager to learn. I thought overall, it was an okay performance. I think the frustrations that he had, that the team had, were just because the other team had bunkered in and it’s challenging to play sometimes like that.”

On Jordan McCrary and his development:

“It’s one of the surprises of the preseason. The kid worked his way onto the team and, you expect that, right? Because he wants to make the team. But some of the little things that he does, some of the little quality details, are very good. He still makes some mistakes. He still made a couple of mistakes here and there, but you can’t fault the kid’s effort. There were a couple of times where his timing going forward was actually very good.”

On Will Bruin’s versatility:

“Apparently, Will was very upset, like most of were, down in Santa Tecla and he said, ‘I can’t wait to get these bleeps back here home to Seattle because I want to put three or four on them.’ His prediction came true, and part of that is because Will is a competitive guy. I might stop you at a playmaker, he’s not a playmaker. He certainly can find a backheel or flick every now and again. But Will makes his living scoring the goal that he did. He knew where the ball was going, maybe even before Nico did, and that started us off. His competitive spirit is something that no defenders – defenders like playing against forwards that are kind of soft and do their thing. But when you’re up against Will, you know you’re in for a battle every night.”

SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER MAGNUS WOLFF EIKREM

On his first time playing here in Seattle:

“It was great to be here the first time and we got a great result in the end.”

On his instruction coming into the second half from the coaching staff:

“Just make something happen. As you said to make something happen, get a goal. We needed something to happen in the second half and we made something happen.”

On playing with Nicolás Lodeiro and Clint Dempsey:

“Yeah, obviously I have been training with them for a long time and they are very good players so to be able to play with them just makes everyone else so much better. They are very good players and good players find each other. They have been playing at the highest level for so many years. To be a part of the same team, they make everyone else better, that is what I try to do also. I try to learn from them, how they train, how they play. You could see it today, they won us the game.”

On playing Chivas Guadalajara:

“Not so much. I think we are going to focus on LAFC on Sunday and then we will focus on Chivas.”

On playing on artificial turf:

“I am used to it from Norway and Sweden. Half of the fields have turf because of the winter and you can’t play on grass, so I actually like it better.”

SOUNDERS FC FORWARD WILL BRUIN

On his goal:

“Yeah, we knew once we got that first goal we knew that we could get two, three, four and kind of open up the game. That is the way it played out. It took the first half. Schmetz was saying that if we don’t score in the first half or early that we should keep possession and that our chances would come and they did.”

On being frustrated in El Salvador and wanting to win the second leg:

“Yeah, we had connecting locker rooms and they were blaring music like they had already advanced. So we kind of took it in and said, ‘You still have to come to Seattle, we will see how that goes.’”

On your thoughts on the battle up front with Yosimar Quinones:

“He is a big boy. He is a big strong opposing center back. He is physical so I knew I would be taking some hits. I’m not going to back down from him but I got most of the calls against me but that is how it goes.”

On how the formation changed his play:

“I think the first half was slow and compacted and they kind of put numbers behind the ball and every chance they got they rolled around on the ground to try to kill the game. That’s CONCACAF for you. But when [Magnus] came on, he is slow calm and composed on the ball. He picks out a great pass. When he is on the ball we know he is going to make a killer pass going forward. That was something that was good to get some minutes with him.”

On playing Chivas Guadalajara:

“You know it is always fun, it is always fun to play a Mexican team. There is always that rivalry there whether it is club or country. I think we are ready for the challenge. That being said, there is still a condensed schedule we still have LAFC on Sunday. We will approach Chivas when we take care of business on Sunday.”

SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER JORDAN MCCRARY

On playing here in Seattle and coming out of the tunnel:

“I tell you what, it was amazing. Just hearing the roar and the fans and the chants and everything. And then you walk out and see the bright lights and see the whole stadium filled, it was great. I loved it.”

On your thoughts on your battle to make the team:

“It’s still continuing. Not everyone says they get to grind like this. I am just happy to be here, to be part of this team to be part of this club and everything.”

On tonight’s game and the separate feel of the halves:

“Yeah it was a game we had to get the win, we had to get the result. Like you said, first half we started off and we didn’t get that goal. Second half we came out fired. We ended up finding the net quite a few times. They kept coming at us but we stayed controlled, and we kept played well.

On your thoughts on starting the first game after Kelvin (Leerdam) got hurt:

“It is unfortunate he got hurt. He is a good player and he is someone I have been trying to learn from since I got here. He has a lot of experience. It has been interesting, as well. I mean it is good to get out there. Sometimes you just have to get going into it. Get your feet wet. Get going. I think it has been good so far.”

On your thoughts on the change in the game after the first goal:

You could tell the look in everyone’s eye, it was like, “yes we finally got our goal. But lets keep going.” You could see that everybody was still determined, to just keep going, keep pushing, because we didn’t want to let up a goal, we didn’t want them to score, especially at our home.”

SANTA TECLA FC HEAD COACH RUBEN DA SILVA (THROUGH TRANSLATOR)

On the game:

“It was a very difficult match against a very powerful team. I believe we had a very good first half where we played level, but the referee gave two yellow cards and that conditioned the game a little bit and affected us more than I was expecting. That made the game more difficult for us. In the second half, they scored very quickly, which was very beneficial for them. Since they’re a powerful team, they were able to take control of the game.”

On the Sounders’ dominating stretch in the second half:

“They took advantage of scoring that goal right after the break and we were a little sleepy at the beginning of the second half. We weren’t able to recover at all and they took control of the game after that.”

On how the Sounders’ change of formation affected things in the second half:

“It’s difficult to value the changes because the goal came too quickly. After the goal, then the game was completely open and we had to actually go search for the match. It’s difficult to say how much the substitutions played a role in that.”

On the atmosphere and if the weather played a role in the match:

“The stadium was beautiful and it’s great to see a fan base that roots for their team all the time. The weather is absolutely not an excuse. Any professional team has to be able to play in any type of weather so that’s not a problem. More than that, the roster of the Seattle Sounders has much more depth than ours, and is much more expensive – a couple of million dollars against our reduced amount of budget for our roster.”

On how he would evaluate his team’s Champions League experience overall:

“It was a very nice experience and we enjoyed it while it lasted. Unfortunately it was a little short, but the reality is we were able to deliver a good game at home and not here…The Seattle Sounders are a strong team and it was difficult to react to that.”

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