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Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Highlights, stats and quotes

“The message to the guys was that we have had some results here, so I wanted to give them some belief that they could win. We gave them a game plan and they executed it.” -Brian Schmetzer

Match Data


Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Colorado Rapids 1

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Referee: Fotis Bazakos

Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Cory Richardson

Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga

VAR: Alex Chilowicz

Attendance: 16,374

Weather: 80 degrees and partly cloudy


SEA - Will Bruin 19’

COL - Sam Nicholson (Edgar Castillo, Dominique Badji) 40’

SEA - Will Bruin (Víctor Rodríguez, Nicolas Lodeiro) 59’


COL - Yannick Boli (caution) 43’

COL - Edgar Castillo (caution) 48’

COL - Sam Nicholson (caution) 65’

COL - Dominique Badji (caution) 66’

COL - Micheal Azira (caution) 70’

COL - Joe Mason (caution) 87’

SEA - Wolff Eikrem (caution) 90’+5’


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Jordan McCrary, Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Waylon Francis; Cristian Roldan, Jordy Delem; Harry Shipp (Alex Roldan 73’), Nicolás Lodeiro, Víctor Rodríguez (Magnus Wolff Eikrem 86’); Will Bruin (Clint Dempsey 60’)

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Tony Alfaro, Henry Wingo, Lamar Neagle

Total shots: 12 (Lodeiro/Rodríguez, 3)

Shots on goal: 2 (Bruin, 2)

Fouls: 10 (Francis/Roldan, 3)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 5 (Lodeiro, 5)

Saves: 4 (Frei, 4)

Colorado Rapids - Tim Howard; Kortne Ford, Axel Sjoberg, Tommy Smith; Deklan Wynne, Shkelzen Gashi, Micheal Azira (Enzo Martinez 75’), Edgar Castillo (Joe Mason 55’); Dominique Badji, Sam Nicholson; Yannick Boli (Jack McBean HT)

Substitutes not used: Zac MacMath, Johan Blomberg, Bismark Boateng, Marlon Hairston

Total shots: 10 (Badji, 3)

Shots on goal: 5 (Badji, 2)

Fouls: 23 (Gashi, 4)

Offside: 1 (Wynne, 1)

Corner-kicks: 7 (Gashi, 7)

Saves: 0

Post-Match Quotes

Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer

On his team’s success tonight…

“The message to the guys was that we have had some results here, so I wanted to give them some belief that they could win. We gave them a game plan and they executed it.”

On his team’s execution of the game plan…

“I thought the balance of us trying to be direct and get in on goal versus possession was good. In games like that you have to make the opponent pay when you have the momentum.”

Seattle Sounders FC Midfielder Cristian Roldan

On his team’s victory tonight…

“It’s a massive win. I felt like we controlled the momentum in the first-half, but in the second-half I felt like it got away from us. Overall, it’s a gutsy performance and I’m very proud of the guys.”

On the play he made on the game-winning goal…

“We always talk about repress and counter press once we lose the ball. I made eye contact with Howard, thought that he was going to throw the ball in short, and felt like I wanted to take a chance.”

Seattle Sounders FC Forward Will Bruin

On which one of his two goals he liked the most…

“I liked the second one. It was a better overall team goal. We pressed, got a turnover, Victor [Rodriguez] played a good ball, and I just tried to get it down and finish it.”

On what this road win can do for his team…

“In the short-term it’s good. We get some goals, get the win, start playing with some confidence, but it’s a quick turnaround to New England, so hopefully we can get three more points.”

Colorado Rapids Head Coach Anthony Hudson

General thoughts on the game…

”Disappointed. It wasn’t a good night. We started poorly and gave ourselves too much to do, gave away soft goals.”

On Kortne Ford’s first start back…

”As the game wore on, he improved and it’s good that he’s got 90 minutes under his belt.”

Colorado Rapids Defender Kortne Ford

On giving up two goals tonight...

“It’s a tough one to take, I’ve just looked back, they had some good plays and they haven’t worked hard for them, just a bit unlucky on our behalf.”

On the overall match...

“First half I don’t think we did enough to be honest, second half we were a bit better.”

On moving forward…

“No excuses, we’ve got a big game on the weekend so we’re looking at that now - can’t sit there and dwell over a game we haven’t got anything over.”

Colorado Rapids Midfielder Sam Nicholson

On tonight’s loss…

“A couple mistakes killed us, it’s just one of those games where everything went really far away, but at the end of the day we didn’t do enough to get a couple goals back.”

On playing 90 minutes...

“It’s always great to get that back under your belt, it’s tough on the legs, on the fitness side of things, at the end of the day the only way to get ninety-fit is by playing games.”

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