Saturday, September 7, 2019
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistants: Philippe Briere, TJ Zablocki
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo
VAR: Hilario Grajeda
Weather: 76 degrees and partly cloudy
COL - Andre Shinyashiki (Jonathan Lewis, Sam Nicholson) 41’
COL - Andre Shinyashiki (Keegan Rosenberry, Nicolas Mezquida) 70’
SEA - Emanuel Cecchini (caution) 79’
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Kim Kee-hee, Jonathan Campbell, Saad Abdul-Salaam; Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Emanuel Cecchini (Alex Roldan 84’), Harry Shipp, Luis Silva, Handwalla Bwana (Danny Leyva HT); Justin Dhillon (Shandon Hopeau 58’)
Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Nicholas Hinds
Total shots: 5 (Silva, 3)
Shots on goal: 2 (Silva/Dhillon, 1)
Fouls: 4 (Abdul-Salaam, 2)
Offside: 2 (Dhillon, 2)
Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)
Saves: 6 (Frei, 6)
Colorado Rapids - Clint Irwin; Keegan Rosenberry, Lalas Abubakar, Tommy Smith, Sam Vines; Jack Price, Kellyn Acosta, Sam Nicholson (Danny Wilson 82’), Nicolas Mezquida, Jonathan Lewis (Dillon Serna 62’); Andre Shinyashiki (Niki Jackson 75’)
Substitutes not used: Andre Rawls, Axel Sjoberg, Sam Raben, Matthew Hundley
Total shots: 24 (Shinyashiki, 5)
Shots on goal: 8 (Mezquida/Shinyashiki, 2)
Fouls: 11 (Shinyashiki, 3)
Corner-kicks: 5 (Price, 5)
Saves: 2 (Irwin, 2)
Seattle Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer
Thoughts on tonight’s match...
“I don’t have any good ones. It certainly was disappointing -- actually, I will rescind that in some small way because I think you might have a candidate for save of the year with Stef’s [Frei] stop in the second half. That’s probably the only bright spot. I think he had a save of the year at this stadium a couple years ago. Other than that, I have to stand here and say that I need to give the guys tools to be successful. I’ll think about the choices of starting lineup. I’ll think about the choices I as far as substitution patterns are concerned, and again, I’ll try to help that group do better next time it plays.”
On what Colorado did to challenge tonight...
“I don’t think it was Colorado. Robin has done a good job, he’s certainly a young coach and new to this team. We knew his guys were going to be energetic to play. The struggles were from our side -- I don’t think we played up to our potential.”
Seattle Sounders Midfielder Harry Shipp
On tonight’s match...
“My mindset was to come out and get three points. It didn’t turn out that way unfortunately, which is really upsetting. There were a lot of things we could’ve done better throughout the entire match -- it was frustrating.”
On what could’ve been done better...
“We could’ve done a better job of keeping the ball, especially in their half. I thought we were alright in the first 10 or 15 minutes, but then the last thirty minutes of the first half we had a hard time dictating tempo. We let them get in the game, and then obviously giving up the goal before half hurts -- it hurts your mindset when you’re going into halftime. The second half we’re pressing and trying to manufacture chances to get a goal and tie the game. We got caught a couple times when they were breaking the other -- all in all it was disappointing.”
Seattle Sounders Midfielder Shandon Hopeau
On making his MLS debut...
“There are no words I can say when I heard Brian [Schmetzer] call my name to go on the field. It was a good experience for me coming from USL. The quality of play is much better.”
On what helped him prepare for tonight...
“First year in the academy I got a lot of chances to practice with the first team -- I felt like from there, that helped me. For the younger kids in the academy, I feel like it’s a good opportunity for them to show themselves.”
Colorado Rapids Head Coach Robin Fraser
On his takeaways from tonight’s victory...
“The resiliency of the team, again -- completely different challenge than what we saw last week, had to change and make some adjustments on the fly in the first [half] and they just picked it up and ran with it. A lot of it was about them having to recognize certain things once we adjusted our stance. The front group did a really good job of getting pressure higher up the field. If they didn’t actually win the ball, then they made the balls that got played into the back group much more predictable which also made them more effective -- but the resiliency of the group is the first thing that jumps out at me.”
On his reaction to Andre Shinyashiki’s goal...
“My reaction was -- as I was replaying it very quickly in my head, it was like “that was brilliant”. Jack [Price] played it across the field, we got Sam [Nicholson] in a 1v1, he played it across the field, and then with a good action at the otherside of it Andre [Shinyashiki and Jon [Lewis] show up. My first thought was “How the hell did he get that in?”. It was really a great moment because they worked really hard for it. They put Seattle under pressure and hadn’t really got that reward yet, to get it late in the half and the way they did it -- through a lot of things that we talked about and worked on -- several of them showed up in that moment. It was great, I was extremely excited.”
On tonight’s performance by Jonathan Lewis and Sam Nicholson...
“Certainly Jon [Lewis] has been electrifying going forward. In counterattack situations when he’s been able to, he and Sam [Nicholson] both do a great job at making the opposing teams wider. The outside backs have to really defend -- with the pace they have they’re really able to drag the whole back group back which allows us to get up the field. Both of them have done a really good job at making 1v1 situations and making them dangerous, making us dangerous. Forcing the other team to defend just changes their stance when you have wide guys that can beat people. I think they both have done a tremendous job in that respect.”
Colorado Rapids Midfielder Jonathan Lewis
On playing at home again...
“It was good -- that road trip obviously was a tough road trip, we ended it well with a win at the [New York] Red Bulls but it was great to be back home and play in front of our fans.”
On his first goal of the night...
“I just saw Andre [Shinyashiki] -- I think we’ve developed a chemistry between me, Sammy [Nicholson], Andre [Shinyashiki], Diego [Rubio] -- just the front line, I think we’ve developed really good chemistry, I knew he’d be there once I laid it off.”
Colorado Rapids Forward Andre Shinyashiki
On scoring a brace tonight...
“Just a total team effort -- both goals -- basically easy finishes. Great balls by Jonathan [Lewis] and Keegan [Rosenberry], they’re the ones’ that made that happen.”
On his biggest takeaway from tonight’s game...
“We can play against anybody. Seattle is top of the west and we outplayed them, just things that we have to keep growing, every single game is important -- and we can’t think too far ahead, just think about LA [Galaxy] now.”