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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Quote sheet: USOC Semifinal, FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders


FC Dallas Manager Schellas Hyndman

On the difference makers in the game...
"Montero's goal was a great goal. We had quite a few chances in the first half. We were, I think, a little bit intimidated by the whole event. A lot of things weren't going our way and we just kind of got wrapped up. But it was a great goal by Montero."

On what factors were not going FC Dallas' way...
“We were losing a lot of possession. We weren't getting a lot of scoring opportunities.  It seemed like a lot of calls were going against us.  There was a lot of play going both ways, and I just didn't think we put enough pressure on them."

On whether fatigue played a factor...
"I don't think our guys really had a problem with fitness, so I would hate to think that fatigue was an issue."

On his halftime changes and how that changed the game...
"We went into a 4-4-2.  We felt like the game wasn't in the midfield; it was a bit chippy in the midfield, so what we wanted to do was get Marvin Chavez more into the attack.  I thought he really livened up and created a lot of problems for [Zach] Scott.  He hit the post when he went in one-on-one, and then he had a great chance to finish it there at the end of the game on pretty much an open goal.  I thought that going into the 4-4-2 helped us get a little bit more balanced attack, which I think kept Seattle back a little bit more."

On Brek Shea leaving for the National Team...
"He's going to be gone during the time that we're going to be taking a break.  We have Tigres coming in on Saturday and then we play the following Saturday.  My understanding is that Brek will meet us in New England when we arrive there."

"It's an opportunity well-deserved.  He's playing extremely well.  I think he's one of the best left-sided midfielders in the country.  Today, it just wasn't a real easy day to get your foot on the ball."

On what he told his team...
"I talked to the team and my thing was 'You know what, sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce right for you.'  We had some scoring chances that we didn't convert on.  I'm thinking the three games that we played against Seattle were all 1-0 games.  This was a difficult game.  It was a bit of a smaller field and a little bit more intimidating.  [Century Link] Field, you've got 10 times more fans, but they're a bit more removed from you."

On whether the crowd was a factor, and his thoughts on the way the Open Cup is currently organized...
“The crowd is a great motivator.  For me, this is one of the best events - the Lamar Hunt Open Cup - but I'd really like to see it into a structure where it's not a bid system.  A bid system is where one team will buy the games because they're bidding higher.  I think 20 years ago, the college game was the same thing.  It could go to the higher seeds, instead of a bid system where you're spending money, or it could be pre-determined.  I think that brings out all the fairness to the event."

On how his team feels after tonight...
"This is not the way we wanted to end the Open Cup, but we also are excited about having a week and a half off."

Kevin Hartman - FC Dallas Goalkeeper



On the difference maker tonight and his team's performance overall...
"One goal. I don't know. I thought the first half, we certainly had some issues, in terms of our defensive shape and competing for second balls.  I thought some of the changes we made at halftime certainly put us in a position to tie up the game.  I know Marvin hit the post once.  There was a play toward the end of the game when somebody had a shot from maybe four or five yards out that was blocked and then Marvin had a follow-up.  I think when we didn't see either one of those go in we kind of felt like it might not be our night.  You've got to give credit to Seattle.  They play really well on the turf, and they compete.  It's not necessarily conducive to the type of game that we like to play.  But we're a team that doesn't like to give up.  We're a team that continues to compete.  I thought even through the 93rd minute, we were really putting them under pressure.  I think that we're a team that really has ambitions and wants to win championships and unfortunately tonight we just weren't able to get the result.

On what it means to the team to lose the Open Cup semifinal...
"We haven't had an opportunity to train in about two months.  We've been playing a game every three days.  I think that was the 16th game we've played in two months, so we're playing a game every two or three days.  The extra 45 minutes in Toronto where they took away our goal and we had to start over again was another bit of adversity that we had to overcome.  But I think that we keep things in perspective and hopefully the fans do as well.  I think that we're in really good shape in terms of the Champions League right now.  Certainly we would love to be in the championship game of the U.S. Open Cup, but we're in pretty good shape within league and now that we'll have an opportunity to kind of adjust and get Jeremy kind of situated in the right back spot.  Zach [Loyd] might be coming back.  And then you have George John, who's somebody who obviously had a weird week and get him slotted back in there, push [Andrew Jacobson] in the midfield so that we have so many guys who are competing for the second balls, which was obviously an issue in the first half."

Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC Head Coach



On the win and going to the U.S. Open Cup Final...
"Obviously we scored a good goal. It was a great goal by Freddy Montero. I thought in the first half we were the better team-we had more chances. In the second half they were more aggressive, they played forward a little quicker, played with a little bit of desperation that we didn't always handle well and didn't really counter as well as we needed to take advantage of that. In the end we're happy with the 1-0 win. We're happy to get to our third final."

On Fredy Montero's goal...
"It's been a while since he scored. I thought he was a little unlucky because he almost got on the end of another one. Obviously the bicycle kick was one that he just barely missed, so he could have three tonight with a little bit better luck."

On what winning a third U.S. Open Cup would mean to the team...
"It means a lot. We always want to put trophies in there and to be a team to three-peat is something we've got to be proud of because these games are one and done. It's not like we had a bad game, let's come back next week and regroup. So, I'm very proud of what our team has done."

On the last two week stretch...
"It's been great because, like I said, we've won games different ways. We've won games by scoring goals. We've won a game by playing a man down and scoring goals, and we've won games by being able to defend with a lot of resolve and win 1-0. Winning in Mexico at Monterrey was certainly a great highlight, as well."

On the level of competition in the U.S. Open Cup...
"I think teams are more into the competition now because they know it brings with it an opportunity to play in the Champions League. Last year, everybody saw the notoriety that Salt Lake got from getting as far as they did in the Champions league, so everyone wants to grab a piece of that. I think the Champions League competition has increased as well in terms of its visibility in our region. As a result of that this tournament has taken on a bigger weight, as well."

Kasey Keller - Sounders FC Goalkeeper



On the match...
"Yeah, I feel great. We did everything we could to try and throw it away at the end, but somehow we survived. We should have been up three-nil and we almost paid the price by not taking advantage of the chances that we got. But saying that, somehow we hung on and got the win. Another great crowd here at Starfire. We keep that undefeated streak here alive and get back to play another (Open Cup) final, which is tremendous. Great play and now we can go see a huge crowd for another Open Cup."



On playing the final at CenturyLink Field...
"It'll be a big crowd, I'm sure. We're so happy, obviously. The organization has this facility to be able to bid so we get these good home games, which makes a big, big difference for us. Thanks to them and now hopefully we can reward everybody with our third (Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory) in a row."

On what went wrong in the second half...
"It's more than that, it's not just our defense letting down. We let them come at us. We let them. We didn't step up and put pressure on them when we should have. We relaxed and we dropped back into flat positions and we just didn't compete how we could have. And it's a shame because we had played so well for about 70 minutes and then the last 20 minutes we just stopped playing. We had some interesting calls, but in the end the result is what's important. Maybe a year and a half ago, maybe two years ago, we might have let this game slip. But right now we're in good form, we're getting those breaks when we need them - they crushed one off the post -- and you need that to get into the finals. We had that going for us today."

Fredy Montero - Sounders FC Forward

On returning to the Finals for the third-straight year...
"It's definitely very motivating and we're all very happy. Thanking God also, because it's not every team that can experience something like that three times in a row."

On whether he felt anxious to score a goal, after a few scoreless outings...
"Not really. One cannot predict when that will happen. The good thing is that the team is working united, all deserving those situations. We know that when something like that happens, it's not the end."