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Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution: Highlights, stats and quotes

“To come back and go ahead and come back 3-2 and then give up a penalty, miss some chances, miss some sitters, it’s not easy to deal with. Those guys in there are gutted.” -Brian Schmetzer

Match Data


Seattle Sounders FC 3 - New England Revolution 3

Sunday, August 10, 2019

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: Dave Gantar

Assistants: Chris Wattam, Michael Barwegen

Fourth Official: Kevin Broadley

VAR: Ricardo Salazar

Attendance: 38,826

Weather: 66 degrees and mostly cloudy


SEA - Harry Shipp (Jordan Morris, Jordy Delem) 2’

NE - Michael Mancienne (Carles Gil) 27’

NE - Gustavo Bou (Edgar Castillo) 35’

SEA - Harry Shipp (Joevin Jones, Nicolás Lodeiro) 65’

SEA - Nicolás Lodeiro (Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan) 66’

NE - Carles Gil (penalty) 87’


NE - Andrew Farrell (caution) 46’

NE - Michael Mancienne (caution) 54’

SEA - Kim Kee-hee (caution) 89’


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Saad Abdul-Salaam, Kim Kee-hee, Xavier Arreaga, Nouhou (Joevin Jones 59’); Cristian Roldan, Jordy Delem, Jordan Morris (Alex Roldan 85’), Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Harry Shipp (Handwalla Bwana 72’); Raul Ruidíaz

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Víctor Rodríguez, Danny Leyva, Justin Dhillon

Total shots: 21 (Lodeiro/Ruidíaz, 7)

Shots on goal: 7 (Lodeiro, 3)

Fouls: 14 (Delem/Kee-hee, 3)

Offside: 2 (Arreaga/Ruidíaz, 1)

Corner-kicks: 7 (Lodeiro, 7)

Saves: 4 (Frei, 4)

New England Revolution - Matt Turner; Edgar Castillo (Cristian Penilla 68’), Andrew Farrell, Michael Mancienne, Jalil Anibaba, Brandon Bye (Diego Fagundez 82’); Gustavo Bou, Carles Gil - captain, Luis Caicedo, Wilfried Zahibo; Teal Bunbury

Substitutes not used: Brad Knighton, Scott Caldwell, Juan Fernando Caicedo, Tajon Buchanan, Juan Agudelo

Total shots: 11 (Bou, 4)

Shots on goal: 7 (Bou, 3)

Fouls: 13 (Three players, 3)

Offside: 2 (Bou/Castillo, 1)

Corner-kicks: 4 (Gil, 4)

Saves: 4 (Matt Turner, 4)

Post-Match Quotes


On the second half adjustments:

“We changed formations a little bit, we brought the midfield into a diamond shape and pushed Jordy [Delem] up. That was the tactical change, we had discussed that prior to the game once we saw Bruce [Arena] come out with a five-man backline. How did we line up with you know, one forward with three center backs? That was the adjustment.”

On being possibly surprised by the lineup Arena put out:

“A little bit, yeah, a little bit. I mean, he’s got a good team so I’m surprised he played a little defensively. Well, I can’t call it defensively because he scored three goals.”

On whether or not this game feels bittersweet:

“This is the worst possible feeling that you can have. I would almost argue that if you get outplayed or something and you lose, it sucks, I get it. But to come back and go ahead and come back 3-2 and then give up a penalty, miss some chances, miss some sitters, it’s not easy to deal with. Those guys in there are gutted. They put a lot into the game so I feel for them.”

On possibly avoiding the penalty:

“Again, it’s Jordy Delem. When you’re winning 3-2 or when you’re winning a late game you don’t want any balls to go in behind and so I’ll have to look at the tape to see how the ball goes in over our backline and then Jordy is out there. Jordy is a good defender. Back in the day, someone might have said ball to hand because Jordy is just defending, the ball hits him, nowadays those are called penalties, so it’s, you know, it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t finish them off on the other end. We had chances to put that game away.”


On the highs and lows of the match:

“We lost two points and now we are home and in this league it’s hard, it’s tough. I think there’s a lot of change. They scored three goals today and the last game. This is very down. I must fight every game and I want to play, we want to play more smart with more concentration for 90 minutes.”

On what New England did to make it difficult defensively:

“Well, it was hard, we played a little bit too open and gifted too many chances and did not know how to defend our advantage on the board. With that, the other team got confident so you know, you get an opportunity and you score a goal and they start to build up their confidence and you play a little bit like a youth team.”

On what they attribute the result today to:

“Well mostly, lack of concentration, we didn’t know how to defend, when you’re playing at home and you score three goals, you must win. We need to learn a lesson from here today.”


On the ebb and flow of the game:

“I felt like we had a good start to the match, very intense, full energy, ready to rock, ready to get going to put our last result past us and unfortunately we gave up two goals that were really poor and against the run of play. It was really on us rather than how good they were, and that’s been the storyline for the last two games. We’ve conceded three goals in the last two games. And at home you can’t go down like that and you can’t rely on your offense to score three goals and put yourself out of a tough position every game.”

On adjustments that needed to be made when New England came out with five in the back:

“Well, we felt like the pockets were going to be much more wide open. When they play with the left wing back and right wing back it makes them have to run a lot more down the wing. Obviously we trained like they were going to run a 4-4-2 like they did last game. They still have similar characteristics. It was effective for them and they scored some nice goals and you know on our end we felt like we were decent in the attack and not so good in the back.”

On the possibility of getting out on the road as a positive:

“Yeah we know it’s going to be a tough challenge in altitude against a team that does a really good job at home. You know, it’s going to be a difficult match missing guys. It’s time to regroup and bring the team together and get a good road result. It is very tough to do so and we are going to have to be solid defensively. Lately we have let the game go back and forth and that’s not really our style.”



On the match:

“I don’t know. Playing a 1:00 game in August on turf in Seattle - it becomes a game of accidents. And there were a bunch of accidents out there today. It was just crazy. We’ll take the point, get out of town and hope they don’t schedule any more 1:00 p.m. kickoffs on artificial turf in the month of August. That was a tough one today for the players as well.”

On the importance of getting a point:

“Every point is important, for sure. No question about it. I don’t even know how to comment on the game. It was a complete mess, from the VAR stuff, which becomes a mystery and all of that. Some sloppy goals … just a mess out there.”

On setting up a little differently defensively:

“It was the formation best suited for us today.”

On if this was a point earned or two points lost:

“You could say both, right?”

On coming back and the mentality of the team:

“Yeah, the guys never quit. We played about 110 minutes I think today.”


On the game:

“They came at us the first 15 minutes of the first half. They did the same thing in the second half. We weathered the storm. To come in and be winning at halftime was obviously a great feeling. You just have to keep things solid. It was a little bit disappointing to concede two, I think avoidable goals, in such a short period of time, but the boys kept fighting until the very end and we got a well-deserved point.”

On the team’s mentality:

“I felt like if that was toward the beginning of the season, we probably might have left with nothing. The whole mentality of the team has changed. Everyone has each others back and we kept fighting until the very end and like I said we got a well-deserved point.”

On being back on the pitch after the injury:

“It was amazing. It felt great for me. It has been a long stressful journey trying to get back to full fitness. I’ve still got a little way to go to get match fit. Every game helps. I am going to improve every game.”

On the team having five in the back:

“Yeah most definitely. It helped having Andrew (Farrell) and Jalil (Anibaba) next to me. We spoke throughout the whole game which made our jobs a little bit easier. So yeah, coming back into a back five was a nice way for me to come in.”


On the game:

“It is tough. I mean, what a crazy game. We go down the first couple minutes. I think a lack of concentration. We get back into it. It is kind of a back and forth game. We didn’t want it to turn into a track meet going back and forth. Seattle is so good at counter attacking and getting on the break. We allowed them to do that a little bit too much. I think at times we settled down and we were able to create chances ourselves. There was VAR. This game had everything. I am really proud of the guys though for battling. Getting a point on the road against a tough opponent. It is good momentum for us.”

On getting a point today:

“Every point is crucial. Especially that battle there to stay above that line to make it into the playoffs. That is our sole purpose. Our goal right now is making sure we are maximizing points on the road. Getting a point. We will take that. Now our focus is going to be on the Red Bulls.”

On the team’s mentality today:

“You have to grind out games like that. In MLS, these games get tough. You have to have all guys for the whole 90 minuets. Guys coming off the bench being ready to battle. Everybody did that. Everybody was working their tail off, tracking back. Sometimes there was a little bit of disjointedness, but we all stuck together and that is what it is going to take on this stretch with nine games left.”

On Cristian Penilla giving a spark to the team late:

“A big spark. I mean his speed. He was getting on the ball. He was creating some havoc. Created a couple chances for us. He was working defensively as well. Anytime someone comes off the bench and can put the fear of God in defenders or anybody really, it is good for us. So, credit to him, Diego (Fagundez) came in and did well so really happy about that.”

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