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Seattle Sounders vs. Montreal Impact: Highlights, stats and quotes

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‘‘The guys worked too hard and they’ve come too far to allow that game to slip out of their hands.” -Brian Schmetzer


Match Data

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Montreal Impact 2

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Venue: Stade Saputo

Referee: Nima Saghafi

Assistants: Nick Uranga, Chris Wattam

Fourth Official: Lukasz Szpala

VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr.

Attendance: 13,037

Weather: 61 degrees and cloudy

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Víctor Rodríguez (penalty) 64’

MTL - Saphir Taïder (penalty) 74’

MTL - Saphir Taïder (Omar Browne) 78’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

MTL - Rudy Camacho (caution) 31’

SEA - Nouhou (caution) 56’

SEA - Jordy Delem (caution) 61’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Jonathan Campbell, Nouhou; Jordy Delem, Harry Shipp, Alex Roldan (Danny Leyva 82’), Víctor Rodríguez (Henry Wingo 85’), Handwalla Bwana (Joevin Jones 54’); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Trey Muse, Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez

Total shots: 2 (Rodríguez/Jones, 1)

Shots on goal: 1 (Rodríguez, 1)

Fouls: 14 (Bruin/Delem, 3)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 3 (Three players, 1)

Saves: 1 (Frei, 1)

Montreal Impact - Evan Bush; Victor Cabrera, Zakaria Diallo, Rudy Camacho; Shamit Shome, Ken Krolicki, Michael Azira, Daniel Kinumbe (Harry Novillo 67’); Omar Browne (Anthony Jackson-Hamel 85’), Maximiliano Urruti, Saphir Taider

Substitutes not used: Clement Diop, Karifa Yao, Luca Ricci

Total shots: 10 (Browne, 3)

Shots on goal: 3 (Taider, 2)

Fouls: 19 (Krolicki, 5)

Offside: 1 (Shome, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Browne, 2)

Saves: 0


Post-Match Quotes

Seattle Sounders FC

Head Coach Brian Schmetzer

On the final result

‘‘The guys worked too hard and they’ve come too far to allow that game to slip out of their hands. What I said to them was when we went up 1-0, you need discipline without fear. You need composure without fear. Which of the senior players would step up in that moment when we’re 1-0 and control the tempo and make the plays that they needed to do? Whether it was on the attacking end and its 2-0 or on the defending end when you can’t go to ground in the box. Somebody needed to step forward to help us win that game.”

“What you saw were some tired legs out there because of the travel. But there was no excuse there. They needed to complete that one more play at 1-0 and we see out the game.”

On Victor Rodriguez performance

“I probably held him out there too long. He was a massive injury risk but I needed him to stay in the game and he was willing to do it. I thought he might have had one more piece of quality in him but his legs were gone so we had to pull him off.”

On giving up the lead to Montreal

“We must control the tempo of the game. We are in control of the outcome of the game by defensively keeping a clean sheet and by being smart in our possession and our attacking.”

Defender Jonathan Campbell

On the result

“I think we just had to be better defensively. Whether that’s holding positions, keeping better shape, active defending and marking their man. On the flip side, I thought we had a couple chances and we could’ve put away another one and sealed the game there. So those are the two things we could have done to secure three points or a tie.”

“I think everyone is ready to get back at it. It’s a tough game but now we want to turn around and play better the next game.”

On the strong start to season and recent road struggles

“Yeah, a lot of rotations. Sometimes you have to learn to use what you’ve got and when you aren’t accustomed to playing with certain people, you have to adapt a bit. It takes a little bit of time. But honestly, some of the games on the road, I thought we could have done better. At FC Dallas I thought there were chances where we could have built on position better and we just didn’t see it. In this game, I thought we put in a great effort but we lost it in the end.”

Midfielder Harry Shipp

On the final result

“It was frustrating. We were in a good spot, up 1-0. There were obviously some individual mistakes but before that, we needed to have more patience, get the ball in their half and make them work. I felt like where we were after we scored the goal, we were playing well enough to win the game.”

“I thought the positive of this game was we came out – unlike Kansas City and Dallas – and dictated the tempo. We did a good job of controlling the game and not letting them get any chances. But it’s not any consolation for us. We know we’re the only ones who will be able to dig us out of this. We have some Open Cup games to build the rhythm back but its on us to turn the tide.”

Defender Kelvin Leerdam

MONTREAL IMPACT

Head coach Rémi Garde

On the team spirit against Seattle

“I think if you compare this game to our last one against Orlando, our team spirit was different. Nothing was perfect tonight, but it was much better. I told my players that if we didn’t change that, the result would be the same. Football is a collective game, and we need to be happy playing together. The difference was evident on the pitch.”

On the performance of Omar Browne

“He’s a good player with the ball, but I think he needs to improve his understanding of the game, and he knows that. Positioning is important. He’s excellent with the ball at his feet, but that isn’t all soccer. He’s brought a lot so far, but he knows he has room for improvement.”

On what makes this team strong

“We have character,” said Impact head coach Rémi Garde. “After a loss, we always bounce back. It’s extremely important and it holds a lot of value. I’m very demanding on that end, but at the end it pays off. We’ve been through a lot since the beginning of the season: injuries, suspensions, and 11 road games out of 18, which is a lot. Despite all that, we’re here. We’ve won quite a few games and we’ve come back from difficult moments. We never faltered. Globally, we’ve been solid, united, and very strong. We need to continue working for one another.”

Goalkeeper Evan Bush

On the team’s performance

“This was not an easy game or an easy week for either team, but we showed a lot of resilience,” said goalkeeper Evan Bush. “The guys fought and battled all the way through. To walk away with three points give us some solace going into this break. We haven’t been great this past month, but we’re going into this break in a pretty good position.”

On the line-up tonight

“It was a bit of a makeshift line-up. We’ve played with five in the back before, but it felt like more of a 3-43 today. I thought the way we defended was good all night. We figured things out over the course of the game. I think it’s quite remarkable the way we put it together.”

Midfielder Saphir Taïder

On the two goals in four minutes

“These may have been the four most productive minutes in my career, but what I remember is the win. We needed the three points. We didn’t want to go on the break without a win. That’s what I told the guys before the game, and we managed to come back with all three points.”

On coming back from behind

“We were able to come back tonight, but it won’t always be possible to do that. We need to rest now and be more solid when we return. We have goals and we want to complete them. It’ll be up to us to find that final touch that will take us over the top.”