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Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Highlights, stats and quotes

“We need to give those guys the right tools, the right messaging, the right whatever it takes to get them to play like the team that they were in the first six or seven games of the year.” -Brian Schmetzer


Match Data

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 2 - LA Galaxy 2

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Venue: Dignity Health Sports Park

Referee: Robert Sibiga

Assistants: Kyle Atkins, Jason White

Fourth Official: Mark Allatin

VAR: Kevin Stott

Attendance: 26,213

Weather: 75 degrees and sunny

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Raul Ruidíaz (Harry Shipp) 42’

LAG - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sebastian Lletget) 45’

LAG - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (penalty) 65’

SEA - Jorgen Skjelvik (own goal) 82’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

LAG - Daniel Steres (ejection) 6’

SEA - Jordan Morris (caution) 21’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Kim Kee-hee, Xavier Arreaga, Nouhou (Joevin Jones 69’); Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson (Luis Silva 74’), Harry Shipp (Handwalla Bwana 66’), Nicolás Lodeiro, Jordan Morris; Raul Ruidíaz

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Danny Leyva, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 21 (Ruidíaz, 5)

Shots on goal: 6 (Ruidíaz, 2)

Fouls: 8 (C. Roldan, 2)

Offside: 5 (Morris, 2)

Corner-kicks: 11 (Lodeiro, 11)

Saves: 2 (Frei, 2)

LA Galaxy - David Bingham; Rolf Feltscher, Daniel Steres, Diego Polenta, Jorgen Skjelvik; Sebastian Lletget, Jonathan dos Santos, Uriel Antuna (Julian Araujo 85’), Favio Alvarez (Giancarlo Gonzalez 33’), Cristian Pavon (Joe Corona 90’); Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Substitutes not used: Matt Lampson, Dave Romney, Servando Carrasco, Efrain Alvarez

Total shots: 8 (Ibrahimovic, 4)

Shots on goal: 4 (Ibrahimovic, 2)

Fouls: 9 (dos Santos, 3)

Offside: 2 (Feltscher/Corona, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (dos Santos, 3)

Saves: 5 (Bingham, 5)


Post-Match Quotes

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On tonight’s game:

”Nothing about this feels good. I need to get a team that feels confident, that can defend confidently and that can attack confidently. We need to give those guys the right tools, the right messaging, the right whatever it takes to get them to play like the team that they were in the first six or seven games of the year. The game was ripe for the taking. You can say that sometimes when you play up a man it is hard to play, the other team circles the wagons and certainly Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] is a large presence, but it’s two points dropped.”

On the team’s performance:

”You can’t give up two goals, that’s number one. Number two, we should have scored two or three in the first half and the game is over. Guys need to make plays – that is kind of a football term – but we needed to make a few more plays. We had some chances at the end after we went to 2-2, maybe we steal the game, but still we need to make plays.”

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER GUSTAV SVENSSON

On tonight’s game and getting one point on the road:

”I think we feel like we should have done better, we feel like we should have gotten three points this game. We let them score two pretty easy goals and we didn’t play as well as we can. We didn’t play with enough tempo on the ball especially when we are one man up, we have to play a lot faster, but like you said one point away is not the worst result that we can have but we should have won this one.”

On the Galaxy’s defense:

”They just sat back and parked the bus and made it hard for us to find spaces to play between them and behind him. It is always difficult to say because you want to keep the ball and you want to tire them out but at the same time we have to maybe get at them a little bit more, try to punish them a little bit more. When we were down 2-1, it felt really hard especially because of the results we had before coming into this game, so that felt really hard. You can see it in the team, you can see it in the players that the confidence is not really there but we just need one win to build on and we have to keep going we have to keep playing better and keep working harder.”

On the team’s missed opportunities:

”You always will have chances sometimes you score sometimes you don’t. The thing we should have done better is make sure that they don’t score because we were one man up and we shouldn’t have let them get close to score a goal even though they have Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], who is really good in the box, but we shouldn’t have let them even put ball into the box. We should have maybe stepped up a little bit higher and get the ball back every time they tried to do something with it. Like I said, it is always difficult to play one man up sometimes but they did a good job as well, they parked the bus really well.”

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC CRISTIAN ROLDAN

On the team’s performance:

”Anytime you go down a man you should expect to win and unfortunately that didn’t happen and even on the road it becomes tough with Galaxy sitting back like that, but when they are horizontally compact we have to stretch them vertically. We have to make the gaps – the center backs and the midfielders or their defense and their midfielders – we have to stretch them and once we play into the pockets, we have to be half turned and we have to have runners. It is a lot of things at times. We just played side to side and unfortunately, when you are a man down that is what you want. You want them to cross the ball, you want them to essentially play as slow as possible and go side to side and it’s really unfortunate we didn’t capitalize on opportunities that we had. The reality is we tied the game after coming back and the end of the game you feel better because you were down.”

On the Galaxy’s defense:

”I think Galaxy did a very good job of dropping back into their four right away. They didn’t have any lazy players today, they dropped back into a block of eight and they defended well. It’s tough but at the same time we had out moments to play into the pocket, we had our times to really stretch them vertically and we didn’t capitalize and I felt at times we were just so passive in our passing and our movement was really sloppy and that is what caused a really slow game.”

LA GALAXY HEAD COACH GUILLERMO BARROS SCHELOTTO

On his thoughts on the game:

“I think the game was very weird, because you never think before the game that after 1 minute you will get a player out with a red card, so it is a different kind of match. I think the team figured out very well this game, we played almost 90 minutes with 10 men, but we played well, we tried to keep calm. Just in that last minute when they got a goal, after that they started to find some places that they couldn’t get during the game. Today I feel very proud about the players and the team because they fought, and they deserve more than one point… We were always ready for anything that happens during the game, trying to get the ball and do something, we had a third goal to finish the game, but we couldn’t score. I think we played very well, the players were ready for the team and I think we deserved to win today.”

On how their strategy changed after losing a man:

“In the first moment we put Rolf [Feltscher] in the middle, and [Uriel] Antuna in the right back, Alvarez going to the middle, but they started to go more deep and then I preferred to put in Giancarlo to get very fast on the right and the left with [Cristian] Pavon and [Uriel] Antuna, and Alvarez can get more of the ball, keep the ball, but with one less player it is very difficult to keep the ball so I preferred faster players on the right and the left and to not get surprised. The play with [Zlatan] Ibrahimović, should have been a third goal, we pressed very well because we have players that are very fast with [Cristian] Pavon and [Uriel] Antuna.”

On being disappointed with coming away with only 1 point:

“We feel a little frustration, we wanted to win, because these three points were very important for our future. If you check after the second minute when we lost a player, you don’t imagine what result. We were surprised, but relaxed with the behavior of our players, how they played missing a player, we always try to keep it calm and always we were playing this game with 10 players.”

LA GALAXY FORWARD ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

On the game:

“I think the guys did a great job. Playing with one less for 85 minutes is not easy. You could see in the end that we were tired, but we stood up for each other and were fighting for each other. We could have even won the game, if we don’t do one mistake, we would win. If I would have scored the goal, in front of the goal, we would win. I think we did great today, we showed great spirit playing with one less for almost the whole game.”

On the referee:

“Good. Did a good job. I think he had everything under control.”

On if the result was unfair:

“We did a good job to have the possession of the ball, and we created a lot of chances. We played intelligent. Even if I wouldn’t have been so tired, but that’s not an excuse. I should have gone for the kill there when I could have scored with the left foot, and I didn’t. If I score there, we have more space from the remaining time of the game.”

On if he saw a different character from his teammates today:

“We showed good spirit, good character today. I wish we had equal people in the game, and then I think it would be a big difference. But still, we were good with one less and we did a good job. Like I said, the guys should have all the credit taking that, because it’s not easy to play with one less. We got the one point, could have got three, but at the end, I think it’s a good result.”

On if fatigue played a factor:

“I think yes, plus playing with one less. I think the coach did a good job during the week with the training to keep a balance of how to train and that. So I think we were fresh even with one less, but it’s a different work when you’re playing with one less. On to the next game.”

LA GALAXY DEFENDER ROLF FELTSCHER

On the own goal:

“These things happen in soccer and it’s now in the past. We have a very important game on Tuesday and the a very very important game coming against LAFC, so we now focus on that.”

On the team’s approach going into Tuesday’s Leagues Cup game:

“For sure we want to win. Now we have to rest because that’s the most important because the game is Tuesday and our focus is to win.”

On how he thinks the team played with 10-men since early in the game:

“I think we did very good. We were settling well on the field. We were helping each other and like I said, we didn’t give them a lot of chances. I felt we had everything under control to win the game, but again we took just one point.”

On if this is a classic example on how cruel soccer can be:

“Of course, they had possession, but even if they had possession, they couldn’t do a lot. Even if they had the ball, we were defending well as a team. We just needed to take those three points home. But like I said, this is now in the past and we look ahead to the next one.”

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