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Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Highlights, stats and quotes

“We’ll remember some of the things that happened tonight and hopefully use that as motivation for the next game.” -Brian Schmetzer


Match Data

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Portland Timbers 2

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: Drew Fischer

Assistants: Jeremy Hanson, Matthew S. Nelson

Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal

VAR: Tim Ford

Attendance: 50,072

Weather: 81 degrees and mostly sunny

SCORING SUMMARY

POR - Brian Fernández 20’

SEA - Raúl Ruidíaz 50’

POR - Brian Fernández (Sebastián Blanco, Diego Valeri) 51’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA - Kelvin Leerdam (caution) 66’

POR - Brian Fernández (caution) 82’

POR - Jorge Moreira (caution) 84’

POR - Diego Chara (caution) 90’+9’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Saad Abdul-Salaam 72’), Román Torres, Kim Kee-hee, Brad Smith (Nouhou 87’); Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan; Jordan Morris, Nicolás Lodeiro, Harry Shipp (Joevin Jones 62’); Raúl Ruidíaz

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Xavier Arreaga, Jordy Delem, Danny Leyva

Total shots: 16 (Ruidíaz/Torres, 4)

Shots on goal: 8 (3 players, 2)

Fouls: 14 (5 players, 2)

Offside: 2 (Ruidíaz/Torres, 1)

Corner-kicks: 9 (Lodeiro, 9)

Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)


Post-Match Quotes

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On what he said to Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese after the match:

“I said good luck the rest of the way. There’s no animosity amongst the coaches. Guys get frustrated. Obviously the players on the field got frustrated. He wished me luck, I wished him luck so that’s the end of it.”

On chalking this up to another Portland-Seattle game:

“Some guys were talking about if this was a rivalry or is LA a better rivalry. There’s still some fire in this rivalry and it just got stoked to a higher level tonight. We’ll remember some of the things that happened tonight and hopefully use that as motivation for the next game.”

On Giovanni Savarese’s effect on their recent results against Seattle:

“That’s what I wrote down before you even asked that question. It’s been two times and it stinks. I have to make sure that we, as a staff, do better. I have to make sure that after we score that goal, that we stay at 1-1 for an extended period of time. Teams are always susceptible on the other end when you score. Those first five minutes are important. I thought we were fine and trying to create some momentum and get things going to score the equalizer. I’ll work with the team on that for sure.”

On the defensive lapses tonight:

“I’ll have to watch the tape to give you an accurate read. I’m not happy with both of the goals. I’ll just say that.”

On having so many close opportunities:

“The stats guys could tell you what our expected goals were against Atlanta. I thought we created a lot of chances. I thought we created a lot of chances here against Portland, but the game is cruel sometimes. We could’ve scored in the first 15 seconds. We could’ve scored any number of goals in the first 20-30 minutes, but we didn’t do it. That’s part of a team sport. You can talk about the defending and mistakes, but we also have to hold everybody there accountable. We needed to finish some of those chances. We had some really good looks on set pieces, but all of that doesn’t matter right now.”

SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER BRAD SMITH

On the game:

“It’s very disappointing for us at home. We know what it meant to the fans, and we weren’t good enough today. We didn’t finish our chances. We had chances, so did they. We could have scored more. It wasn’t our day. It was a good crowd, they were great to us but we didn’t get the result for them.”

On the inability to break down the defense:

“They obviously watched us. We couldn’t move the ball side to side. That’s our strength, but if you don’t do it quick enough, then they just slide over and it’s quite easy for them to counter. It’s tough to break them down. We had chances but it was difficult for us. We will go on and go to Houston.”

On the words after the match:

“Yeah it’s a rivalry match. Things get said on the pitch and then it sometimes spills over to after the game and you don’t want that. Keep it professional. You can say stuff and get stuff done on the pitch but you’ve got to show that desire.”

SOUNDERS FC GOALKEEPER STEFAN FREI

On the overall thoughts on the match:

“Difficult. High emotions and I thought we were a bit lethargic in our possession. I think we could have been more aggressive and go after them. We maybe at times baited them to one side. We got a couple of chances in the beginning. There are some things that we did well that we can take with us next time we see them.”

On the emotions spilling over:

“For us, it’s nicer for us to have those emotions come through on the pitch but yeah it’s a rivalry and you know when you get taunted by other players at the end of the game that’s a rivalry. We need to just remember those moments when we play them next.”

On Fernandez:

“Yeah he’s a good player. Like I’ve said before, he’s been very good since he joined the league, one of the better signings and he took care of his chances today. We knew that he was capable of doing these things. A bit tighter, and no one bumped him off on his runs a little more and make it a little harder for him. He had a quite comfortable game.”

SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER SAAD ABDUL-SALAAM

On his instructions when entering the match:

“Just to help out more defensively, at the point in the game we didn’t think it was too far out of reach, and then to go forward when the time is right.”

On the physicality of the match:

“Yeah I mean I was really excited to play in this derby. I’m used to derbys and it’s a lot of emotion and a lot of fight from us.”

On taking some of this insight to Portland:

“Yeah I mean just from the way they went about their game and just how they started the game going down, milking the clock, all those little things that you do to try to win the game. We will remember all that when we go down there.”

PORTLAND TIMBERS HEAD COACH GIOVANNI SAVARESE

On the match:

“I thought it was a great match for people to watch – exciting. This is the type of match that shows why there’s a rivalry and it had a little bit of everything. We don’t want to finish the way the game finished. You can expect that things are going to build up in these type of matches. I thought overall we executed the plan very well. The guys just defended very well and we knew how to create opportunities. I think we had more chances. Unfortunately we allowed them to get behind and (Raul) Ruidiaz scored the goal, but we reacted right away. There was a belief throughout the entire match that we could get the job done. For us, it’s a massive three points here.”

On what it was like down on the field towards the end of the match:

“I think things got a little bit out of control and we don’t want to get to that point. Just making sure that everybody stayed calm and just making sure that there were no issues on the field. That’s why we tried to make sure we separated a little bit in that situation. You have to expect this in rivalries and there’s something bigger on the field. The passion is there and the emotions are high. Sometimes these types of games finish this way. But overall, a very important victory for us.”

On Brian Fernández’s performance in this environment:

“He looked dangerous, he moved well and sacrificed. There were also moments at the end where he did a lot for us to be able to keep the ball. He was dangerous constantly. Not only him, but the entire team worked so hard and I’m so proud of them. Here it’s difficult to get a result and thank God we were able to get the three points.”

On what it says about the team with so much success on the road:

“We wanted to be a team that has a strong mentality, that can play anywhere, home or away. We’ve had a very difficult season and we go one game at a time, but I’m very proud about what the guys were able to accomplish today.”

On what they’re doing so well on the road right now:

“I think the guys have executed the plan that we’ve asked them to do. Besides there’s a belief that we can do it together as a group. There’s that trust in each other to go out there and play with our hearts. Sticking also with what we’ve asked them to do during the games. And whoever comes in has been doing a great job. We’ve been rotating some players and everybody has been adding to what we want. Tonight was a very important night and a huge victory for us. Now we go back home, analyze this game and be prepared to play another game.”

On this being the fifth game in 15 days:

“When we desire something big and you do it in a group, your mind carries it all the way to the end to do amazing things. That’s what the guys did today. They were tired, but believed that we could get the result today and we fought all the way to the end. We had very good moments with the ball and better in the second half with counters. Overall a very positive performance from the guys.”

On Brian Fernandez getting under other teams’ skin:

“I think he’s a handful. He’s a difficult player and always someone that is fighting through and trying to make it difficult on defenders. And defenders don’t want to deal with these types of players. He’s always dangerous and trying to mix it up all the time. He has so much passion and wants to execute everything to try and help the team. He did a great job tonight.”

On why Fernandez has been able to adapt so well:

“I think he comes in and plays the way he feels he should play and the group has allowed him to adapt very quickly. They’ve helped him to understand everything about the team. He’s done what we’ve asked him all the time so overall he’s adapted very well and very quickly.”

PORTLAND TIMBERS FORWARD BRIAN FERNÁNDEZ

On the impact he’s created early on the team:

“It was a very important match, we knew what we were going to face getting to this match, and also getting to score again. We got to score against Seattle in the Open Cup, now it’s a little bit different. Also playing in front of this crowd is incredible, it makes me feel better, it makes me feel happier to play where there’s a lot of people. I scored two great goals today, probably two of the best goals I’ve scored so far with the Timbers.”

How to manage fatigue in playing his fifth game in 15 days:

“For me personally, I feel it’s important for me to keep training, and by that I mean after the match the next morning I keep training because it’s very important for me to stay in shape so I try to stay in shape as much as I can, and games like today you can see that it’s fundamental to train hard and perform in this kind of match.”

On motivation of silencing rival crowd:

“To come to a stadium and come to a rivalry derby like this and be able to score and to be able to score and to be able to quiet people, it’s beautiful, it’s part of the game. I don’t mean to be condescending, I don’t mean to be arrogant about it it’s just one of those beautiful things about football, that you can score against your biggest rival, and it’s just one of those great feelings.”

PORTLAND TIMBERS GOALKEEPER STEVE CLARK

Overall thoughts on the match:

“I think we are all tired and to get a win here was a really good period for the team and a good way to end it in a rivalry game, my first one. So I’m glad we got the win.”

On what the Timbers have done well on their last few road games:

“I think that we are the road dogs, first and foremost. I think we kind of relish being on the road especially after the start of our season. This team shows up in big moments and there’s a lot of winners on this team, I thought we had a great gameplan from our coaching staff, and executed it.”

On the tensions after the game:

“I don’t think it was a big deal, people want to make a fuss about it. I was just happy to win the game. I don’t think that there’s any question that this game means something to the fans, so you know I had messages all week from fans about how much this meant to them so we are glad to get the win.”

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