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Sounders vs. Austin FC: Highlight, stats and quotes

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Two more points dropped.

The Seattle Sounders remained undefeated and continued their best-ever start but will still head into the international break feeling a bit disappointed after drawing 0-0 at home to expansion side Austin FC on Sunday. The Sounders looked to have gotten the breakthrough goal in the 75th minute when Fredy Montero finished off a João Paulo pass, but the goal was disallowed when VAR ruled Raúl Ruidíaz offside.

The Sounders won’t play again until June 19 when they visit the LA Galaxy.

SCORING SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 0 – Austin FC 0

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Venue: Lumen Field

Referee: Rosendo Mendoza

Assistants: Jeremy Hanson, Walk Heatherly

Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi

VAR: Tim Ford

Attendance: 12,895 (limited capacity)

Weather: 70 and partly cloudy

SCORING SUMMARY

None

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA – Xavier Arreaga (caution) 2’

ATX – Nick Lima (caution) 24’

ATX – Jared Stroud (caution) 45’+2’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Cleveland; Alex Roldan, Yeimar, Xavier Arreaga, Nouhou, Brad Smith (Danny Leyva 86’); Kelyn Rowe (Jimmy Medranda 66’), João Paulo, Cristian Roldan; Fredy Montero (Will Bruin 79’), Raúl Ruidíaz

Substitutes not used: Spencer Richey, Ethan Dobbelaere, Reed Baker-Whiting, Abdoulaye Cissoko, Shane O’Neill

Total shots: 14

Shots on goal: 2

Fouls: 10

Offside: 1

Corner-kicks: 7

Saves: 3

Austin FC – Brad Stuver; Matt Besler, Julio Cascante, Zan Kolmanic, Nick Lima; Tomas Pochettino, Alex Ring, Diego Fagundez, Cecilio Dominguez (Manny Perez 90’+2’), Jon Gallagher (Rodney Redes 87’), Jared Stroud (Sebastian Berhalter 90’+5’)

Substitutes not used: Andrew Tarbell, William Pulisic, Jhohan Romana, Aedan Stanley, Freddy Kleemann, Kekuta Manneh

Total shots: 12

Shots on goal: 3

Fouls: 14

Offside: 2

Corner-kicks: 7

Saves: 2

POST-MATCH QUOTES & SOUNDBYTES: SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 0 – AUSTIN FC 0

SUNDAY, MAY 30, 2021

LUMEN FIELD – SEATTLE, WA

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On what the team can do to help break open games:

“Probably be a little cleaner. We missed a couple passes again. I thought we created some good half chances, but the final pass wasn’t there. The decision making sometimes of our players, whether their first touch takes them away from goal or they turn the corner. You saw that one time when Cristian [Roldan] got around [Alex] Ring and attacked the goal. Brad [Smith] I think can do that more often. I think that just the amount of numbers we have in the box, because Fredy [Montero] was playing in the pocket next to Cristian, so did we get enough numbers in the box. There are certain little things that we want to do to make sure that we stay goal dangerous for sure.”

On this game being potentially less frustrating than the Atlanta game:

“It’s frustrating, you never want to drop points at home. It’s a two-point drop again tonight, so that’s the storyline for you guys to write about. What I will say is there was an improvement from the Atlanta game. I thought there was better attacking movements, little bit more fluidity, maybe it was just the way they set up, it was 4-3-3 versus Atlanta matching us up. There’s nuances in every MLS game that either cause you to have success or you know, you don’t have success. I think there was a spell there in the second half where Austin didn’t come out of their half. We are on top of them but we just couldn’t get the breakthrough. And then what they did well compared to Atlanta is that I thought Austin was pretty effective in some of their transition moments in the second half when we committed numbers forward. Different game than Atlanta, but the same result. Two points dropped.”

SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER CRISTIAN ROLDAN

On the struggles in the final third:

“Certainly making decisions, making better decisions in the final third. Sometimes we rush ourselves, then we don’t find the final pass, the right final pass that can really change the game. That sloppiness also in the head. You have to be mentally strong throughout the game and make the right decisions in the final third and I thought in the last two games we didn’t do that. Going forward we got to be on the same page, make some better decisions in the final third. Be sharper and you know these games would be three points instead of one.”

On the difficulty of this game compared to Atlanta:

“Atlanta was a very frustrating game, more frustrating than this one because I think we didn’t really play well on that particular game. In this one I think we were doing things better. It’s not that we weren’t playing well but we were just not effective on the last part of the field. Trying to convert those opportunities to goals.”

SOUNDERS FC GOALKEEPER STEFAN CLEVELAND

On making a big save to preserve the shutout:

“Yeah it’s just like I said Friday in the locker room. Sometimes it’s difficult playing for a good team with such a good defense just because I think, I can count four important saves, non-routine saves that collectively we made. I think Alex [Roldan] made two actually. But beyond those, the non-routine saves the course of the season I think the defense is so good I didn’t really have to do anything in the last two games but today, over 270 minutes it’s going to break down one time and I think we did a good job on that counter to force them, make them predictable, and then for me it’s just getting to the right spot. We worked on it all week and standing in there and making a save.”

On the impact of playing with Stefan Frei easing the transition to starting keeper:

“Having [Stefan Frei] absolutely helps me. I think over the past year and a half at this point working with him, everyday talking to him about bouncing things off his head, because he has so much experience and has really helped me improve. From the player that I was a year and half ago to the player I am now. More so than Frei, also [Tom Dutra]. I think we have a fantastic goalkeeper group here and I think if any one of us needs to step in we can all do the job. I think I’ve done my job the past couple games, but I can’t credit the guys in front of me enough. Cristian [Roldan] does all the running in the midfield, [João Paulo], Kelyn [Rowe], everybody’s doing the work in front of me. I’ve done what I needed to do and obviously wished I could have saved the penalty, but that was a good penalty so I can’t credit the guys enough in front of me. Because they’ve made my job pretty easy.”