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Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Highlights, stats and quotes

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“Certainly a 1-0 scoreline sometimes looks boring, but that was a very, very intense game.” -Brian Schmetzer


Match Data

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Minnesota United FC 0

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: Kevin Stott

Assistants: Mike Rottersman, Eric Boria

Fourth Official: Farhad Dadkho

VAR: Alex Chilowicz

Attendance: 47,297

Weather: 61 degrees and partly cloudy

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Román Torres (Joevin Jones) 29’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

MIN - Ike Opara (caution) 23’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Kim Kee-hee, Brad Smith; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Joevin Jones (Jordy Delem 79’), Nicolás Lodeiro - captain (Saad Abdul-Salaam 88’), Jordan Morris; Raúl Ruidíaz (Luis Silva 90’)

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Emanuel Cecchini, Alex Roldan, Harry Shipp

Total shots: 14 (Lodeiro, 3)

Shots on goal: 4 (Four players, 1)

Fouls: 9 (Svensson, 3)

Offside: 2 (Morris, 2)

Corner-kicks: 13 (Lodeiro, 11)

Saves: 1 (Frei, 1)

Minnesota United FC - Vito Mannone; Ike Opara, Michael Boxall, Romain Metanire, Chase Gasper; Osvaldo Alonso - captain, Jan Gregus (Kevin Molino 70’), Ethan Finlay (Robin Lod 83’), Hassani Dotson; Angelo Rodriguez, Darwin Quintero (Mason Toye 71’)

Substitutes not used: Dayne St. Clair, Miguel Ibarra, Lawrence Olum, Wilfried Moimbe-Tahrat

Total shots: 8 (Rodriguez, 2)

Shots on goal: 1 (Quintero, 1)

Fouls: 12 (Alonso/Gasper, 3)

Offside: 1 (Finlay, 1)

Corner-kicks: 2 (Gregus/Molino, 1)

Saves: 3 (Mannone, 3)


Post-Match Quotes

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On the match:

“We had a couple of things, and I was actually having a conversation with Adrian Heath, who I gave my kudos to because his team is a very good team, and there was a lot riding on this game, but Minnesota has done a great job this year to get themselves a home game in the playoffs. This league is getting very, very challenging and so we were just kind of comparing notes. I want to pause and give some thanks to my staff, they work very hard for the overall success of this team, you know, Gonzo [Pineda], Djimi [Traore], Preki, they all could be head coaches, Tommy [Dutra] again, we see it in Stef every day, so I want to thank them. I want to thank the players, because the players came through in a challenging game, that game was funny, the ebbs and flows, the small little things, the little details, that we needed to accomplish. Minnesota not giving us that second goal to make the game a little easier. I have to give thanks to the players because they really put it in there, it was not an easy game to play and certainly a 1-0 scoreline sometimes looks boring, but that was a very, very intense game. My grandson Scotty was here, it was the first pro soccer game for him so I’m happy he was able to watch us win, and I want to thank all of the other staff members of this organization. This organization is a very top notch organization, they do a great job every single one of them and I just want to make sure that they hear me say thank you, to put that many people in the building, to do the stuff for the fans today I thought it was a really, really enjoyable afternoon for myself, myself being a Sounders fan.”

On how long he’ll enjoy the win before he moves onto the next game:

“20 minutes. Gonzo [Pineda] is already up there writing the training plan for next week.”

On Román Torres:

“Happy, happy for him. Román is a very accomplished player on many different levels of this sport, on a world stage, on a continental stage. We are very, very happy to have him at this franchise, not just because of today’s goal, because look, life’s not easy sometimes, you know to be a pro, you think it’s all easy, it’s not. We had some challenges, we’ve overcome them, he’s overcome them, you know the whole suspension thing. I’m just so proud that he was able to continue to keep himself in shape and continue to keep believing in himself, because the players all believe in Román, I believe in Román, and he was a big part of this game tonight because he scored, but I also think he played pretty well defensively as well.”

On Alonso’s first game back at CenturyLink Field:

“Although I was arguing with the fourth official at the time about some of his slide tackles, I loved them. You can see the competitive nature that he still has, that he still possesses. I thought his game was very good, but you know, you just know that he’s a very competitive guy by nature and he wanted his team to win, and he was willing to do whatever it takes and so you know I congratulate him as well on a good season and wish them luck in the playoffs.”

SOUNDERS FC FORWARD JORDAN MORRIS

On the importance of the first goal:

“You know it was going to be a tough game and obviously a tie wouldn’t have worked for us. The longer it stayed 0-0, it would have been more pressure than maybe sat back and would have made it tough, so to get that first goal in the first half is big, big for us.”

On the shutout:

“Getting a couple shutouts the last couple of games has been big, something that we’ve been working on. Definitely a team effort from back to front so it’s been good to see.”

On Román Torres’ performance:

“Obviously, great to have him back and to score a goal like that is really important for the team. He’s a team-first guy so he just wants to come and help the team however he could and obviously being good on the defensive side was good as well. We are happy to have him back.”

SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER ROMÁN TORRES

On scoring his first goal:

“Very good, very happy for being able to score and very happy to be back with the team.”

On the emotions in this game:

“For me, every game is an important game but this game was special because we needed to demonstrate what we were supposed to deliver on this game.”

On whether or not it was hard to come back to this game:

“It is very hard to be out of playing for about 10 games but this is a demonstaration that during the time that I was not available to play, I was keeping myself in shape. I was able to come back today and score this very beautiful goal. I feel very happy about that.”

SOUNDERS FC GOALKEEPER STEFAN FREI

On the flow of the game:

“I liked the flow of the game for the most part. We try to high press on turnovers a lot but sometimes it leaves us vulnerable. I think today it worked really well. There were extended periods of possession because of the high press. We forced turnovers right away and we were able to get the ball back. We have been on the other end of situations. Still a little bit of time in the second half where we dropped a little bit too deep and we just really need to make sure that we have multiple lines.”

On Torres’ performance:

“Today, my centerbacks are experienced and you know speed is maybe not their forte but that’s where experience comes in - especially when you’re playing against players that are pacey and like to go in behind. You have to be wary about how you play those players. All those other guys, even the ones they bring in after the sub, they are quick players. We read the play and the pressure or lack of pressure on the ball at times and we were able to really minimize chances on their part.”

On Kim Kee-Hee paired with Torres:

“Kim has been a warrior for us and hats off to him because he’s been forced to move wherever we need at centerback. And obviously he has a preferred role as well. He keeps his head down and works his butt off and puts in good performances. That’s the sign of a team player to me. He’s not going to throw a fit if he plays out of position. It’s quite different when you’re striking balls with your weak foot. I think he’s done quite well for us and I’m happy he’s part of this squad.”

MINNESOTA UNITED FC HEAD COACH ADRIAN HEATH

On the game:

“I thought they would’ve fought harder at the end to win the game. We had a lot of possession and I don’t think we did enough with our possession in our final third. Not enough quality and we didn’t create as much as we’d like. You look at the second 35 minutes of the game and the second half and it was virtually played on their half of the field. When you’ve got that much possession and that many bodies forward … for us to not really create an awful lot was disappointing.”

On still being able to host a playoff game:

“Obviously I’m still thinking about the game today. I was a bit disappointed. I don’t think we did ourselves justice today considering what was at stake for us. We have to look at the body of work that we’ve done over a 10-month period. As I’ve said before, I don’t think I read or heard anyone say that we would make the playoffs so for us to be where we are to get a home field game in the playoffs – we’ll take a lot of satisfaction from that. At this moment, my overall feeling is more of disappointment about today.”

On Ethan Finlay’s near goal:

“I don’t think we had enough quality overall on the field in the final third. You had enough balls in the middle mid-third, but we just didn’t have enough quality in the final third. I don’t think we created enough for them with the balls that we had.”

On if the occasion was too big or if Seattle’s quality was too good:

“I think it was more down to our quality. Obviously Ethan had a couple of chances and we got a couple of good opportunities elsewhere. When I look at the big picture of what was at stake for us today, I was little bit disappointed.”

On Ozzie Alonso putting his face and body on the line:

“Yes, as you expect. He got a fantastic reception, as he should for what he’s done since he’s been here. Now we move on and we’ve got a couple of weeks to get ourselves together, get our thoughts together and then go and prepare for a really difficult game against the Galaxy.”

On their first-round opponent (LA Galaxy):

“Obviously their away form has not been great. We played them early on this season at home and I thought we were the better team. As I’ve said before, I fancy us against anybody so it’s a big opportunity for us and now we have to go and try to take it.”

MINNESOTA UNITED FC MIDFIELDER OSVALDO ALONSO

On today’s game:

“Yeah, we lost. We have to focus now on LA. We have to now take in LA. We played pretty good again today. We gave it everything we had but unfortunately we went away with the loss. Now we have to look for LA. We have to go home and win.”

On returning to play in Seattle

“It was a little weird you know. I spend 10 years in Seattle. To come in and play against them today…I always thought about it. It was great to come back home and see friends and family but now we are focusing on the next game. We have to keep going. We have one more game at home. We have to keep going.”

On the team’s quality today:

“I think we fought. We gave everything we had in the game. Sometimes, you are unlucky or you just don’t score but we have to keep going. Today we put that aside and we have to look forward.”

On facing the LA Galaxy in the playoffs:

“It is going to be tough. Every playoff game is tough. We have to balance. We play at home. We played them at the end of the season and tied 0-0. Now it is one game. It is like a final. Every game is like a final. You have to play hard like we did today. We have to go home and win that game.”

MINNESOTA UNITED FC MIDFIELDER ETHAN FINLAY

On today’s game:

“We are disappointed obviously. We created a handful of chances and had some good opportunities to get back in the game and we were just not able to do so. So, disappointing obviously to not at least get a point and take second. We have a home playoff game and it is single elimination from here. We have proven we can win on the road. And so, we would like to be in the second spot, we are in the fourth spot, and we know LA Galaxy is our next opponent and we have two weeks to prepare.”

On if the players on the field were aware of other scores:

“No, the focus was obviously on the game and staying in the moment. There was no communication going back and forth.”

On if the team created enough chances in the match:

“Yeah, I mean I think we had our moments. I think we knew what we were going to be up against. This is a tough place to play. I think we had our chances. I think we defended well for the most part and made some adjustments there in the second half obviously. Their goal comes off a recycled ball. It goes on a corner and gets out the back side and they put it back in. Besides that, I can’t think of many that where I felt like we were under pressure where Vito had to make a big save or they had a big miss. We were right in it. The chances were very equal. In fact, I think we out dulled them. There is a lot of stats I think that would say we had a very nice performance today. A lot of positives despite a loss.”