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Seattle Sounders vs. LAFC: Highlights, stats and quotes

“Games like this, with two very good teams, you have to make plays. You have to make plays. They made more plays than we did, that’s the bottom line.” - Brian Schmetzer

Match Data


Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Los oAngeles FC 4

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Venue: Banc of California Stadium

Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Assistants: Mike Rottersman, Ian B. Anderson

Fourth Official: Tim Ford

VAR: Alex Chilowicz

Attendance: 22,221

Weather: Sunny and 65 degrees


LAFC - Carlos Vela (Mark-Anthony Kaye) 12’

LAFC - Eduard Atuesta (Mark-Anthony Kaye) 39’

SEA - Harry Shipp (Víctor Rodríguez) 51’

LAFC - Carlos Vela (Eduard Atuesta) 55’

LAFC - Christian Ramirez (Mark-Anthony Kaye) 61’


SEA - Román Torres (caution) 22’

LAFC - Eduard Atuesta (caution) 35’

SEA - Kim Kee-hee (caution) 44’

SEA - Kelvin Leerdam (caution) 58’

SEA - Jody Delem (caution) 67’


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Kim Kee-hee (Jordy Delem 64’), Brad Smith; Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson; Harry Shipp, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Víctor Rodríguez (Nouhou 64’); Jordan Morris (Henry Wingo 68’)

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Alex Roldan, Handwalla Bwana

Total shots: 6 (Lodeiro/Shipp, 2)

Shots on goal: 2 (Kim/Shipp, 1)

Fouls: 19 (Lodeiro, 5)

Offside: 1 (Morris, 1)

Corner-kicks: 4 (Lodeiro, 4)

Saves: 4 (Frei, 4)

Los Angeles FC - Tyler Miller; Steven Beitashour (Lee Nguyen 80’), Walker Zimmerman, Eddie Segura, Jordan Harvey; Mark-Anthony Kaye, Eduardo Atuesta (Peter-Lee Vassell 89’), Latif Blessing; Carlos Vela - captain, Christian Ramirez (Adrien Perez 80’), Diego Rossi

Substitutes not used: Pablo Sisniega, Danilo Silva, Mohamed El-Munir, Josh Pérez

Total shots: 16 (Vela, 5)

Shots on goal: 8 (Vela, 4)

Fouls: 15 (Kaye, 4)

Offside: 1 (Zimmerman, 1)

Corner-kicks: 5 (Atuesta, 4)

Saves: 1 (Miller, 1)

Post-Match Quotes



RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“LAFC played very well. I don’t think we played up to our normal standard, so you concede four goals. I think, the first one, you’ve got to give [Carlos] Vela credit, his first touch, the pass, and the ball in were very good but I thought we could have done better on the other three and you can’t give that team easy goals or you’re in for a long afternoon. At 2-1, when we came on in the second half, I thought there was a good response from what we tried to do at halftime, then we gave up that third easy goal. At 2-1 I thought we still had a chance to make something out of the game, but again, you give up soft goals and let teams back in it, it’s like the old coach’s saying, “after you score, the next five minutes are vital.” We let our guard down for half a second and that was it.”

RE: Preparation for today’s match

“We prepared our team for those balls into the pocket, into [Carlos] Vela, into the space, we just didn’t execute what we worked on during the week.”

RE: Difference in today’s loss

“Games like this, with two very good teams, you have to make plays. You have to make plays. They made more plays than we did, that’s the bottom line. When they had chances to score, they put it away. When we had half chances, we had a bad touch, bad pass, stopped whatever opportunity we might’ve had out of that moment. So, you have to make plays, both on the defensive side of the ball and in attack.”



RE: On how you felt after you scored

“Yeah, in the moment, I was happy with it. I thought it got us back in the game but giving up that third goal kind of killed us momentum-wise. There is a lot we can take because, overall, we didn’t play very well. It’s frustrating.”

RE: Describe your goal to make it 2-1 LAFC

“Yeah, Victor (Rodriguez) got across. Jordan (Morris) made a super good run across the face and dragged a guy. I knew I had time, so it was just a good first touch, composure, and I love a back-post finish. I knew I could score. So, I guess in the moment, I was happy to get back in the game, but all in all, the third and fourth goal kind of killed us.”

RE: On what LAFC did that made the game difficult

“Defensively, they put a lot of pressure and made it tough for us. We did a bad job of getting in their defensive half, being patient, and knocking the ball around. I think for us, we needed to dictate tempo a little bit better, beat their first line of pressure, and keep the ball and make them run. We didn’t do a good enough job of that.”



RE: Momentum after team scored coming out of the half

“2-0 is a dangerous lead. It felt like we gave away three goals that could have been avoided. I think that’s what hurts the most. You could still be in the match given you don’t give up those three goals. It’s always going to be tough coming here to L.A. to get a result. In the end, you take it to the chin and move on.”

RE: How LAFC made it a difficult game for Seattle

“I think they were inthe soft areas. We were obviously pushing for the game and they committed guys forward. They were pushing for the third [goal] as we were pushing for the second so credit to them [LAFC]. They have quality players. Their movement in the midfield alongside their wingers is very good. But look, we got caught in a bad day. That’s the reality of this league. Sometimes it’s difficult to go on the road and get a result but we have Wednesday to look forward to and a rematch on Sunday.



RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s win

“Look, without getting technical or anything else, when I said to the team that this is all the work that you do, and the video, and staying on top of things, and being difficult and everything, is just to have a chance to see a group of guys play 90 minutes that looks like that. That doesn’t mean every play is perfect but, in terms of energy, in terms of ideas, in terms of mobility, in terms of trying to take the things you do every day and turn it into something that everybody inside our club, and all the players, even the ones that aren’t on the field, can really enjoy and feel like that’s why we do it. That’s what today was. I felt that part was great. Like I said, I can always talk about things that need to be better but just the overall idea from start to finish of trying to play, trying to win the ball back, trying to go forward, trying to make passes, if you do thatall the time, then that’s how guys get better and that’s how you try to make a good team.”

RE: Playing against Seattle

“Yes, absolutely. I said that earlier, they came to play. They’re a team that has their own style of playing but they play football. [Nicolas] Lodeiro moves around, today they had the change with Rui Diaz and Will Bruin out so Jordan [Morris] becomes the nine. And they bring [Harry] Shipp on the field, and actually, he scores. But Lodeiro, the way [Victor] Rodriguez can come inside and dribble, the way their outside backs push high, [Christian] Roldan’s still in terms of being active, Brian [Schmetzer] and his staff, there’s something real there. That’s why they’re a good team, if you trickle down that’s why their U-17s did something special this week. I wish they’d get a grass field, but what can I say, with all the great things that Seattle has done, I have tremendous respect and admiration. Next week’s going to be a different game, in part because it’s going to be on turf. It’s just a fact.”



RE: On how good you are at home versus away

“I think we’ve been pretty good on the road this year so far. But, there’s nothing like playing at home. We feed off of the energy of the crowd. Teams sometimes break when we have that pressure on them and it’s mounting, and we get an early goal like we did today. It’s hard to sustain that for long periods of time.”

RE: On the performance of Mark-Anthony Kaye

“I think that Mark’s (Anthony Kaye) work is something that goes unnoticed at times. He covers so much ground and wins so many balls. He’s like our anchor in there. He’s got that bite to him. So, it’s something special to have him. We definitely missed that last year.”



RE: On your goals for this season

“The team is working really well this season. We are believing in our level. We think we can beat any team in this league. So, our goal is to win the championship. If we want to do that, we have to have a lot of games like today. And working hard is the only way to do something. So, individually, I’m trying to help my team and do my best every game. The team is helping a lot. In the midfield and defensively, we are doing really well. Sometimes we talk about only my goals, but the work done by all the team is really good. When they play well, it’s easy for us to score goals. It’s hard work from all of the team. I have to say congratulations for everybody.”

RE: On the performance of Mark-Anthony Kaye

“I say a lot of times that I love to have Mark (Anthony Kaye) at my back because he does everything. It’s not just about the passes. He’s always helping the attacking three. He’s always in the good flow to help in any part of the field. This guy is so important forus. Last year, he had the injury. We missed that guy, so I hope this year, he will continue in his health. I hope he can be a better player every game because he works really hard for himself and the team. I’m happy to have Mark there, and I hope he can be important for the team.

RE: On pressure from Zlatan Ibrahimović to score more goals

“The only pressure is myself. I think that if I work hard and do my best, I can score more goals, and I can help my team. So, this is the important thing. What’s important is to win games, make the playoffs, and try to win the MLS Cup. The rest doesn’t matter.”



RE: On the team’s confidence this year opposed to last year’s confidence

“My confidence is really good. Since I arrived last year, I have felt the confidence with my teammates. I have the advantage of already being here for a year playing in the league and getting to know my teammates. I had the opportunity to have a preseason with the team and that’s really important. I feel like it’s reflected in the games this season.”RE: Goal scored and tactics used“Of course, it’s always good to score. That’s the most beautiful thing of playing soccer but everyone has their role and my role with the team is different. Anyone can score but my role is more than connecting the team. I’m really happy with what I have to do. For me it’s the same for whoever scores the goal. My role is retain balance and to play a good game for the team.”


RE: His performance tonight

“I don’t think [tonight was my best performance for LAFC]. I think just because we got a decent amount of assists and goals and contribute to the stats, people might think that we had a really good game but when you look closer at it, I still think that we could tighten up on certain things. Our passes weren’t the best but we were in very good situations and positions to help break down their plays, so everyone has their own opinion. I’m very hard on myself so I don’t think it was my best game in an LAFC jersey, but I think it’s nice to get three assists, it’s nice to contribute to the team like that.

RE: Playing centrally

“It’s tough to say. We have an idea of what kind of football we want to play and it depends on what the other team does. So obviously, Seattle is a team that likes to play outside, so I think that if we’re able to turn over the ball, we have numbers central and then obviously the easier pass inside, so it might look like we’re playing more inside than we usually do but we always try to do that. I think it makes other teams have to make the decision whether or not to step to us, and then if they do that, then there’s space in behind. I don’t think we really changed our game plan much, but based on the way Seattle was playing, it might seem like that.”

RE: His assists

“On [Christian Ramirez’s] goal, we work a lot on that in training and it’s important for me and Eduard [Atuesta] to pay attention to what the coaching staff wants from our strikers and how they’re trying to open up their bodies so I know that as soon as Christian lays off the ball, he’s going to try to open up his body so that he can receive a pass in behind. It’s not that we specifically worked on that play, but I know the movement that he likes to do and he knows where I’m going to be so it makes it easy and it looks like a play that we worked a lot on in training, so it looks nice. And then the one to Carlos [Vela], you guys have seen me make that pass or even get it intercepted a lot of times and people are quick to be like, “maybe he can’t pass.” But I see the option, I see the window and I’m trying. When it comes off everyone praises me and when it doesn’t people are saying stuff. Nothing has changed, it just happened to work this time and I’m always going to try to do the right thing and Carlos, at the end of the day, is a great player in good form and he’s able to finish things like that.”

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