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“I hate using the word drug, but this is that feeling you play for. You can’t get this any other way. This feeling, this up and down rollercoaster of emotion. An exhilarating finish, and the joy.” -Stefan Frei


Match Data

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Minnesota United FC 1

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Venue: TCF Bank Stadium

Referee: Drew Fischer

Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Felisha Mariscal

Fourth Official: Joseph Dickerson

VAR: Katja Koroleva

Attendance: 24,482

Weather: 76 degrees and mostly cloudy

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN - Darwin Quintero (Miguel Ibarra) 19’

SEA - Nicolás Lodeiro (penalty) 90’+1’

SEA - Will Bruin (Raúl Ruidíaz, Kelvin Leerdam) 90’+7’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA - Waylon Francis (caution) 78’

MIN - Miguel Ibarra (caution) 90’+1’

SEA - Nicolás Lodeiro (caution) 90’+2’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Kim Kee-hee (Román Torres 38’), Chad Marshall, Nouhou (Waylon Francis HT); Gustav Svensson, Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro, Harry Shipp (Will Bruin 76’); Raúl Ruidíaz

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Jordan McCrary, Alex Roldan, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 22 (Lodeiro/Ruidíaz, 4)

Shots on goal: 5 (Lodeiro, 2)

Fouls: 9 (Francis, 3)

Offside: 1 (Ruidíaz, 1)

Corner-kicks: 11 (10, Lodeiro)

Saves: 2 (Frei, 2)

Minnesota United FC - Bobby Shuttleworth; Michael Boxall, Brent Kallman, Francisco Calvo; Collen Warner, Miguel Ibarra, Ibson, Rasmus Schuller (Collin Martin HT), Alexi Gomez; Darwin Quintero, Angelo Rodriguez (Abu Danladi 69’)

Substitutes not used: Matthew Lampson, Eric Miller, Wyatt Omsberg, Romario Ibarra, Christian Ramirez

Total shots: 12 (Quintero, 3)

Shots on goal: 3 (Quintero, 2)

Fouls: 14 (Four players, 2)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 4 (Gomez/Quintero, 2)

Saves: 3 (Shuttleworth, 3)


Post-Match Quotes

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

Overall thoughts on the game…

It was a pretty happy bunch of guys. They put a ton of effort into that game. I’ve said this before and I can’t emphasize it enough, that team never quits. Even when we got the tying goal there was six minutes left. They weren’t satisfied in just 1-1. They went for the jugular and got the second goal deservedly so.

On being proud of the team…

I’m very proud of the group. One of my favorite stats is duels won. We actually lost the duels battle tonight, but I’m still very proud of them. I’m going to talk to them about that, but it was a complete team performance, so it makes me very proud.

On emotions of the match…

It’s tense on the sidelines sometimes. Certainly, I don’t show a ton of emotion, but after that second goal came in I was very pleased for the guys. Some of my emotion got away from me a little bit, but they deserve it. They deserve this applause they got from the fans that traveled. They deserve all the stuff that’s going on hopefully in some of the bars and places that they’re watching TV in Seattle. That team deserves all the accolades.

Biggest takeaways from the match…

Just that the next man has to step up. We had some critical injuries, some stuff going on and the next man stepped forward. What I take away from any win on the road in MLS is that it’s hard. When one guy goes down one guy is off, the next guy has to come on and do their job, and they did that tonight.

On jumping in standings…

It’s a good feeling. It’s a very good feeling and was one of the goals we set for ourselves before the game. All credit to that locker room, they’re the ones who went out and accomplished it.

On missed opportunities and Darwin Quintero’s play…

That’s the way soccer is though. I thought we played very well in the first 20 minutes and if you give that guy (Quintero) a half a yard, he will make you will pay. Good goal by him. That’s what propelled Minnesota into controlling some parts of the game.

On second half adjustments…

We had to bring Kee-Hee off obviously for Roman and Waylon on for Nouhou. Those were the adjustments personnel wise. We really didn’t change formations until we made the last sub with Bruin when we went with three in the back. We put forwards up there because Will needed to help Raul.

On Will Bruin’s play…

Will has scored a lot of goals for us, late in games and injury time. And also when he is starter, he’s been a great guy to have on the squad, we love having him.

On seven game winning streak…

We have a big game next weekend. We have to start working.

On shortage of shots on goal…

Not every shot is going to go on goal. Ozzie was just over, a couple of guys were just over. Kelvin’s block went out for a corner kick instead of a penalty. I don’t know how exactly those guys count stats on goal, shots actually on target, but I thought we were pretty dangerous in and around the goal.

On forward momentum…

For sure, it certainly gives them belief that even in times of distress, look we were down it wasn’t an easy place because Minnesota is a decent squad and they were able to figure out a way to manufacture three points. So yeah, it gives them a lot of confidence.

On bringing on Waylon…

That’s tactical. Just some attacking movements.

Updates on Kee-Hee injury…

No updates on Kim, we’ll have to get him back to Seattle with an MRI. We’ll give a more detailed diagnosis.

On handball review…

The longer it takes usually the better for the team who wants the penalty. I even thought on the first one we might have had a chance. The way my guys reacted after the second one we kind of knew that one was going to go our way.

On Stefan Frei’s play…

Those are the saves that Stef makes once a game, MLS cup finals, he pulls that stuff out, I don’t know how he does it. I do know that Tommy works him very hard. Callee, Brian and Stef are a really good crew, Tommy Dutra is the best goalkeeping coach in the league.

SOUNDERS FC GOALKEEPER STEFAN FREI

Overall thoughts…

I thought we came out really good. The first 15 or so until they scored I thought we were playing a good game. We dominated possession for the most part and seemed pretty in control. Definitely a bummer to go down a goal, but it makes the win and the comeback much sweeter because it’s difficult to regain your confidence and figure things out to keep going. I think we should have probably gotten a PK earlier. It would have given us a bit more time to go for that goal but in the end, we get the tying goal. I love the spirit of going for it and getting rewarded for it. We’ll take these three points and confidence going home.

On Darwin Quintero’s play…

He’s a class player. He’s not scoring by coincidence, let’s put it like that, he’s very shifty and reads the game really well. He has the confidence to try things. He’s had a couple of chippers already, he’s not afraid to shoot from distance, he takes players on. He’s definitely a goal scorer. He wants to score goals and I think Raul is similar in that aspect that as soon as he gets the ball he wants to go towards the goal. Unfortunate that he was able to cut in and use traffic a little bit and find a goal. Like I said it made for a difficult game, but maybe that gives you a little bit more confidence to come back and win.

If win helps push to playoffs…

Experiences like these are vital. We have had a few tough environments where we have grinded out results or maybe had to make some moves because our personnel were injured and we’re trying to find points here and there. I don’t know if this our fist comeback win in this fashion. It’s definitely a very dramatic way of fighting back and getting three points, but it’s something that does the confidence very good. Spirts are high, spirits have been high and this will bump it up even further. We need to go home and take points at home.

On Bruin’s character…

We need that. We need depth. We need people to be uncomfortable, to be pissed off that they’re not starting, but take it the right way and use their opportunities. He got a precious few minutes today and for him to go after it like that and get the game winner, I’m so happy for him. It show’s his professionalism, his hunger, and quality. That’s why he’s part of the team, and a vital part of the team.

On penalty kick…

I’m thankful that he called that one. I was talking to Shuttleworth at the end and sometimes it’s a bit of a bummer when the game gets disrupted for so long. Obviously, we want to get these big decisions right and maybe the referees are still experimenting with it as well. I’m all for it, taking a long good look at it and getting it right once the decision is made the things can get back on. You’re standing there for five or six minutes just waiting to see what’s going to happen. It just kind of disrupts the flow of the game sometimes. I’m not saying it’s all the referees but it’s something we still need to get used to.

On game winning goal…

I thought it was over at first. It looked like he hit it maybe a little too hard, but once he started running off into the corner I knew he was a fool or he had scored. I hate using the word drug, but this is that feeling you play for. You can’t get this any other way. This feeling, this up and down rollercoaster of emotion. An exhilarating finish, and the joy. There’s just no other way of getting it then playing a team sport like this and having to stick together and go through adversity and come out on top as winners.

On game winning save…

Just close your eyes, and somehow get hit by the ball I guess. It’s worked for me in the past so I keep trying to that.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FORWARD WILL BRUIN

On the goal…

It was a great flick by Raul Ruidiaz and I decided to go assuming he would win it because he can jump pretty high, and he won it and I just went to finish it off.

On deciding to chip it in…

I thought he came out and hesitated for that split second so I saw that he was in no man’s land so I decided to go for it.

On the win streak…

Last two road games are two wins. This is how we should be playing. We were not very good in the beginning of the year, but this is what we are capable of doing and I think we will start getting more points here and there and start jumping over some teams.

On receiving instructions when you enter the pitch…

I’m sure I did. I’m focused on what I need to do to make an impact. I just get my mind right, nod my head and say ‘yes’. I have some of an idea, it’s basically just go and score a goal.

On where he rates Stefan Frei…

I don’t think that save he made counts for his stats, but I think it should count. I was just like ‘they are going to score here’, and Frei just comes flying and punches it off the post and out. You almost become used to it because of how many great saves he makes.

On the handball and if the referee was going to call it a penalty…

Once the ref did the signal, I thought it was definitely a hand ball. I was right there by Roman [Torres] and he went up and headed it towards goal and whoever was marking him went up to and it just went straight off his hand. It could have been two penalties and he [Drew Fischer] was not going to not give us two.

On the team gelling for 90 minutes…

We had some good chances the first 15-20 minutes, we could have been up 1-0, but that’s how it goes sometimes. They come down and score and maybe we were kind of flustered for the next 10-15 minutes, but we regrouped and we knew we could get one and two and we did.

On scoring late…

I just like to add to the drama. I could have waited 15 more seconds…

On the ups and downs of the game and the momentum earned with the win…

To go down 1-0 on the road and create chances and not score and regroup and be able to put two in it’s a good reward and we deserved it for the way we played the first 25 minutes and then the whole second half. It’s just. We can do better, we know we can go in there and finish chances, work on little things – passes to proper feet, crosses in.

On seeing Torres and Chad Marshall in the box…

I just get out of the way and let them cause havoc and try and pick up second balls. They both ran past me and I was just there, and I just let those two big guys attack it.

On the locker room on the road tonight…

Guys are happy, we know we deserved it, we know it was just for us the way we played. Our mentality is one game at a time. Three points here, three points there and just keep climbing. We are going to enjoy this one and prepare for next week playing FC Dallas.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS MIDFIELDER OSVALDO ALONSO

On how the win feels…

Great. Come here, losing 1-0 and to walk away with three points is amazing. We fight, we fight for each other and we got the three points.

On how the locker room feels…

You can see, people are happy, they are dancing. Now we are going home and focus on next week.

On which you liked better, Raul Ruidaz’s flick or Will Bruin’s goal…

Both. Anything to make the team win is good for us.

On how good Darwin Quintero is…

He’s a great player. He’s fast, he is good with the ball. I think we did a good job with finding a way to win.

On your conversation with Quintero at the end of the match…

It was personal.

On where this team is now…

Now we celebrate, but now we have to focus on our home game.

On how you feel after tonight…

I feel good. I did my best for the team, now we celebrate and go back home and look to Sunday.

On how this game ranks…

We never quit, we fight and we push and we found a way to score.

MNUFC HEAD COACH ADRIAN HEATH

On the late defeat to Seattle Sounders FC …

Obviously, bitterly disappointed. I thought after the first 15 minutes when we started to control the game, got a good goal, had two or three other opportunities to go two up, that we might have done it. But second half, I don’t think we ever really got going. It was going to be a breakaway to go and get the second one. And I thought that they played well second half. They showed the quality of the players that they have. They’ve been to two finals the last two years, so that’s the reason they’ve been there. They’ve got really good players, which has taken them four of five years to put together. Adding pieces like [Nicolás] Lodeiro, now [Raúl] Ruidíaz. You know, and that’s what you’re coming up against. You’re coming up against quality. You know, and they’re dangerous on set pieces because of the size they have and they have quality in midfield. Lodeiro and [Cristian] Roldán. As I said the other day, I think [Osvaldo] Alonso is looking as good as he’s ever done. I said a few weeks ago that I thought they would make a real challenge for it. And nothing has convinced me [otherwise] this evening.

On the implications of the loss for playoff contention …

It’s disappointing. Our home form has been really good. Was it 89 –– the 90th minute? It was still 1-0. So, to come away with nothing is a little bit of a killer blow to be honest. You know, I was, when the six minutes went up, I thought the worst, I’ve got to be honest. Because they were in the ascendancy. Our quality to move up the field out of the back was disappointing. And then they kept putting the ball in our box. We were, too many times, we were just about nearly there. And they were hanging at the door. Eventually, they knocked it in. That goal was very poor from our point of view. You know, Ruidíaz, what is he, what is he — 5’8”, 5’9”? — flicks it on and then we’re not ready for the second one. So, it’s a poor goal. Poor goal. Really disappointing.

On what he was hoping to see change before using a third substitute …

I thought we … The way the game was going, as I just said, I thought they were more likely to win the game. But I also thought that the way they were pushing men forward, we might get a breakaway again. And we nearly did on a couple of occasions. You know, the one we had — I know he brought it back for the penalty — but I thought the break that we had, that we missed the chance, I thought we were capable of that, that last 15 minutes. So that is why I didn’t want to change it. I didn’t want to put another defender on, because I thought that we would have attracted more and more pressure on. We weren’t winning enough of the first ball in the box as well.

On whether there was something he would have liked to see the team do differently …

Not really. Up until the 89th minute we were still winning the game 1-0. Defend better, maybe. Don’t go for a ball with your hand. Let the attacker or the defender, whoever is going to head it, head it, and let them score. Make him score. See if Bobby [Shuttleworth] can save it, see if he can miss it. You don’t give him a penalty. And then you win the first header. You know, you’ve got [Michael Boxall] and Brent Kallman down that side where the ball is coming. I don’t expect a guy who is 5’8” to flick the ball on, and then Will Bruin running through one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

On the mood in the locker room post-game …

Yeah. Realities of a professional sport. A lot of disappointed bodies in there. People are not happy. People say things in the heat of the moment, part and parcel of it. I’ve seen it a million times, and I’ll probably see it a million more times.

On Ángelo Rodríguez’s inclusion in the starting XI …

Well, I thought he’d give us what he was. He wanted to start and he felt really good. Probably lasted a little bit longer than I thought he would. Gave us some strength. A great header. He feels like he probably should have scored. He led the line well, back to him. He’ll give us a presence up there, which is, I think, sometimes what we’ve needed.

On his expectations as the transfer deadline approaches …

Let’s hope so. Let’s hope so. I still think we could do one or two things.

On if he has any hopes in particular for the transfer window

No.

On Rasmus Schuller’s injury status …

I think he’s got a groin, I think it is. But, we’ll know better tomorrow.

MNUFC FORWARD ÁNGELO RODRÍGUEZ

On his debut …

Good, good. I felt good. In my opinion, I think I had a good game. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get the result in the end.

On his fitness level overall …

Good. Like I said, I felt good. At one point, the coach didn’t see me that way. He thought I looked very tired. But well, I felt good personally.

On connecting with Darwin Quintero …

We tried to have an understanding between each other. We had a couple of good plays. I think we’re getting to know each other and well, that was the first game. Now, in these five games that we have to play on the road, we hope to play well and get good results.

On if he thought his header was going in …

Yeah. That’s what I’ve come here to do. I come to score goals. Unfortunately it didn’t go in, it hit the post. But that’s what I prepare for everyday. Like I said, it was my first game. I wanted to score and for the team to win, but that’s soccer. Now, we have to prepare for what’s ahead.

MNUFC MIDFIELDER MIGUEL IBARRA

On if he thought the handball call was the correct decision …

I jumped with him and he hit me with the ball. I wasn’t trying to handball it. Just unfortunate it was a handball.

On how he sums up the game after being ahead until 90’ …

I think this is a game that hurts. We definitely needed [a result] and I think we had it, but late goals. Just late goals. I think we’ve got to do better at closing out games.

On how the attack worked for the team …

It felt fine. We had opportunities. They didn’t go in, but I don’t think we were as sharp as we usually are attacking wise. That’s why we lost. Darwin [Quintero] and I were able to do the play we always do: him on the right and I go up and down on the right side. But that wasn’t enough so we have to keep working.

On what Rodríguez brought …

He’s a big, physical forward. You play it into his feet and he’s going to hold it off. He hustles, he doesn’t let a loose ball go. I think for his first game, after not playing and coming in, he did well.

On refocusing after the loss ahead of a long road trip …

I think we just forget about this game and now it’s time to focus because this is a five-game stretch away. We know we haven’t got the points we wanted to in away games. If we want to make the playoffs we’re going to have to get as many points as possible from these next five away games.

On changes the team can make to get back to winning on the road …

That’s up to the coach. The players just keep working and whatever lineup he puts up, we all work together.

MNUFC DEFENDER FRANCISCO CALVO

On how he characterizes the disappointment of this defeat …

This one has to hurt a lot, you know? Because I think they beat us with two long balls and two headers. So, I mean, all of us are disappointed first, because we lose the game in what, two or three minutes? But now, it is how it is. Football is how it is. Sometimes you make mistakes that cost a game, but now we need to get strong as a team and get our heads up.

On frustration and his conversation with Darwin Quintero …

Yeah. We have a little bit of discussion over there, but it’s passion. I can go on talking through it with him because he’s my friend. And nothing happened. For me, for me that’s past.

On the message to the team after something like that …

Well, now it’s a big challenge for us. It’s a big challenge. Now, we know if we want to go to playoffs, we should win our games at home. Now we have five straight games away and it’s a big challenge. Now, I think we are a very good team, I believe in all my teammates and I’m pretty sure we can take some points away if we have commitment and if we are together as a team. And now, just recover this week and train hard to get the three points in balance.

On if there was a moment when momentum shifted …

I think the second half, for us, wasn’t good enough. I think we didn’t control the ball at all. We gave the ball away to them. They have [Román] Torres, they have Chad Marshall, and then they were losing and then they bring them up. So, I think sometimes –– I’m not pointing at anybody –– but we need to score and we need defend well. That’s how you win games, you know? And, in the end of the game, Seattle send the big guys up in front and then they beat us with two headers.

On a disappointing loss before a five-game road trip …

Yeah, I’m really disappointed and the whole team is really disappointed. How I said before, because we know the challenge we have ahead of us. But now, we can’t do anything. And now, the game right now is past. And now, we need to train more than any other weeks and try to go to [LA Galaxy] and get points. And, I’m telling you, if it is not three points, we have to take at least one, you know? Because we know that we have five difficult games for us away. And then, we have the few games at home now. So, I’m pretty sure this team –– our main goal –– is stay alive. Stay alive. Our main goal is getting to playoffs and we’re going to try our best.

MNUFC DEFENDER BRENT KALLMAN

On this being one of the most important games of the season …

It’s hard to know, but we knew this was a huge game because we have the roadstand coming up. The coaching staff talked about the importance of this game leading up to it, so everybody knew this was a big game for us and a huge opportunity to get all the points before we go on this road trip. I guess you could say this was a bigger game than most have been.

On if there was a moment when the momentum shifted …

No, we were weathering the storm and doing a good job with it, but when you take so many balls in the box eventually things can happen and that’s exactly what ended up happening. The one hits Miguel in the arm and they get the penalty and it’s game on from there. I thought we were doing a good job, but when you are absorbing pressure like that, things like that can happen. That’s why you don’t want to allow so much stuff to come in.

On facing more pressure than he had previously …

I don’t know. They brought a sense of urgency and took control of the game because they were chasing it. It just kind of happens. When they do that they are opening themselves up to us catching them on the break as well. It’s something where we are almost inviting it a little bit, but we do have to take our chances when we break out.

On how the team rallies after this result …

It’s all you can do. It’s the only thing we can do now, we have no other options. We have to start finding a way to win on the road because we have five straight coming up. We have to find a way to start getting results on the road. It’s the only thing that we can do.

On separating his play from the result …

I thought we did a pretty good job, we were absorbing pressure and they weren’t too dangerous, but obviously we got caught on the last one. A little bit of hesitation and got caught in no man’s land and that’s how they won the ball and was able to get through and Bruin gets it on net. It sucks, but it’s a good reminder that it’s a 90- to 95-minute game and if you lose concentration it can kill you.

On where this loss ranks for him …

I think it’s right at the top now. Because of the significance of the game it will hurt, but we have to shake it off before next week.