I went ahead and transcribed the whole Schellas Hyndman post-game presser tonight because I think there's a ton of good stuff in there that didn't make the cut for the FCD press release. Thanks to FC Dallas Communications who should be given the credit for some of the quotes you'll see, especially the second half of the post.
Overall thoughts on the game
It was a disappointing result. We were unable to score. I think that led into the pressure late in the game. Montero comes on the field. We know what he’s all about. He’s a very good player. He’s a difference maker and obviously tonight he scored two goals. For us, I thought we had probably 70 minutes of our best soccer of the year, getting the ball, moving the ball and I don’t want to emphasize the players we were missing.
I thought the players we had on the field today were very good. They played hard, determined and, as you know, they had a very difficult game on Sunday that took a lot of energy out of them. I thought the first half Seattle was responding to us. I think we took the game to them. Rosales did have a great chance that (he) was unlucky not to finish, but if you look at the number of opportunities we had, the number of times we got behind the defense, we should have done better with it.
They got four yellow cards and those were mostly from tactical fouls when we were breaking out and it was just a disappointing game for us.
How did you think Fabian played tonight?
I think Fabian can be the most dynamic player in the league. I think so much of it is the pure speed. What Fabian is learning is to release the ball. Sometimes he gets too focused at taking on the whole team. Fabian can do a little bit better job on the quality of final ball. The difference between a pass and a kick is a thought and I think sometimes he just kicks is across thinking someone is going to come to it where he’s just got to slow down a little bit and find people.
What separates him from being a world class player, because he’s got all the athleticism of any player that we’ve seen, is scoring. If he does that, then he’ll be in Europe somewhere or a national team player. Those are the things he’s got to improve on, but I think we got more out of him tonight than we did on Sunday.
Does he just need to slow down a little bit and not go 100 MPH all the time?
When you go in to get a drink out of the faucet, you turn the faucet on and you put your glass under the faucet, but you don’t turn the faucet on full blast because the water will go everywhere. I think that’s Fabian..these are the things were working on because he’s 19 years old. I’d rather have that talent and work on it than not to have the talent and wish you had it.
On Brek's performance
It was interesting because it was 0-0 when I called Brek to come into the game and as he’s walking towards the bench they score. Brek’s obviously having a little bit of foot trouble, today we did a test with him and he felt ok and felt like he could help. I felt like if I could get him on the field for 15 or 20 minutes he could help and he did. I thought he was dangerous in the attack and just another player that was going to get a chance to get a shot. I think we got the best we could out of brek today.
Thoughts on Hedges
Very good, very good performance. The thing you should’ve noticed was that we were winning basically every air battle, George and Hedges winning balls in the air, then you’ve got AJ and James winning balls in the air, Hernan and Zach winning balls in the air. One of the things I said to the boys yesterday was that I don’t think they can match us in the air game and what we’ve got to be able to do is get some free kicks and corner kicks in the box.
Thoughts on the goals
The first goal I thought we were a little bit out of shape and then when (Fredy) Montero got the ball we had two guys who were right on him trying to make a tackle and somehow he got free. I think the players were almost in each other’s way at a point. He got free maybe 10 yards away from the goal and hit it to the near post. He hit it with so much power that Kevin (Hartman) couldn’t get a hand on it.
The second goal was really goofy. This is just us being a little bit naïve. We doubled up on the player with the ball and we left an open space in the zone. When we didn’t win the ball, we were out of shape. The ball went into the left side of the field. The guy came in and I think Montero probably beat George to the ball and that’s what Montero does. He’s a shark. He’s a finisher. He made a difference in the game. I thought we did a very good job with (Mauro) Rosales, who is probably their best player, and in comes Montero.
How did you think Jair did, very active tonight?
I really think Jair had one of his best games this year. We’re again playing players out of position and I thought he did a very good job on the left side. He got forward, he served early services, gave good balls, took our corner kicks and free kicks. That’s a good word that you used, I thought he was very active and when you think back to Sunday’s game…when you think about the whole team working as hard as he did you would probably put Jair in the top 1 or 2 that worked as hard as anyone so for him to come back tonight with the amount of energy and determination that he did speaks volumes about him and his desire to help the team find success.
Regarding the offense, do you feel like you just need the ball to bounce your way a couple times?
Maybe, maybe we need to bring in a witch doctor to clean out the locker room and bring out the bad energy. I don’t know, I don’t know if you can determine your season on good luck or bad luck but the ball has not been bouncing the right way for us and you would say that is bad luck, but I do think the guys have worked hard enough and created enough chances that maybe the finishing has got to be a little bit better.
If the finishing is better then you make your own luck…the first service that came in we almost scored on so I’m glad we’re putting the defenders under trouble…if you look at the scoring chances and the attempts on goal, we dominated and basically their second chance of the game they score and the third chance of the game they score again. Bad luck, good luck, I don’t know but we’ve got to do better with the finishing. The whole game chances if Scott Sealy puts that goal in with his head, if Jair puts that ball on frame because the goalie was beaten.
Thoughts on James Marcelin
I thought he was very helpful tonight. When we went to a 4-4-2, we needed someone very athletic and I thought he and AJ dominated the center midfield against their central midfielders. But James is basically playing his way right now, he’s not falling into the team shape or the demands of his position so I think all in all he did a good job for what we were looking for but I think he will get better and better as we work with him more.
Do you feel like Brek could start on Saturday in Columbus?
I hope so, I think right now the big thing we have to find out is how does he feel after playing 20 minutes. He’s got a new orthodic inside his shoes and it’s taken the pressure off the area of his pain…I thought his movement today was some of the best we’ve seen since Vancouver.
Thoughts on the game
I felt for the most part of the game we controlled the tempo, we were very dangerous in the attacking third. It’s just a matter of not getting on the end of crosses. I felt like we kept plugging away and it was just a matter of time before we get one. The keeper on my chance had a save he pulled out of nowhere. That’s just kind of been how the season has been going. The bounces aren’t going our way right now but that’s going to come.
The whole game changes if that chance goes in…
Exactly because we were dominating the game and if that goes in we start to play even better I think. Right now the bounce is not going our way and when it does, we’re going to pick up points and go on a role.
How did you feel like Jair played tonight, Schellas said he thought he had one of his better games
Yeah, I felt since I’ve been here we have kind of been not very cohesive in the attack and I felt that he coming into the attack was able to come in, link up with guys and put in some dangerous balls. I think any time you play with two strikers you want to get service and with Jair out there he was looking to send in crosses and that’s what we need.
Do you feel like Fabian just needs to slow down a bit, you were 19 once so you remember…
Yeah, exactly and that’s exactly it. He’s young and he’s going to learn. The good thing about having him on the team is he’s unpredictable. He’s the guy on the team that can bring something that you don’t know what’s going to happen, but when you play with him it’s tough because you don’t know when to run, how to run you know? Because you don’t know what he’s going to do, if he’s going to cross, if he’s going to dribble in that regard it’s tough but as he gets games and continues to play he’s going to develop ideas on how to be effective rather than just dribbling.
FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd
On the team’s overall performance during the game…
I’m disappointed, obviously, with the result, especially being at home. I thought the team played well, but we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities. With the few chances they did get, they capitalized on us. At the end of the day, we got beat 2-0.
On how to rebound after losing two disappointing games in a row…
Our backs are against the wall right now and we haven’t won a game in several weeks. I think the biggest thing we can do is to come together as a team and continue to believe in one another. For the next game, we’ll have Daniel [Hernandez] back, we’ll have Blas [Perez] back, and we will have Brek [Shea] back in the lineup, so I think we’re going to see a huge improvement with the team. Hopefully going forward we can see better results.
On how he can individually contribute to the success of the team…
I can continue to work hard in practice, I can continue to develop and I can get better individually. I think the most important thing is to come together as a group. I think the team needs to continue to grow and continue to progress. Our sights are the playoffs, and we still have our sights on that. This weekend would be a big swing for us if we can get three points.
FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges
On his first career start with the team…
It felt really good to get the start, but I wasn’t too pleased with the result. When I was out there, I didn’t feel like we really changed the whole way we played, and it felt good.
On how tonight’s performance can affect his future with the team…
Whenever the team needs me to get on the field for a start, I’ll be ready. I think I’ve defined my role with the team, and they know what I can do and that I can help the team, so I’m just trying to do whatever I can.
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea
On his health…
My body felt really good. It’s just that my toe was a little sore. It’s more annoying than anything. It feels like there is something in your shoe, just poking you all the time. It did feel a lot better than it had after resting it this week. I’m wearing an insert in my boot that helps take a lot of the pressure off of it.
General thoughts on the match…
We were unfortunate to lose. I don’t think it was a 2-0 game. In the first half the chances were going both ways, but in the beginning of the second half I thought we really dominated, but that’s soccer. They had two chances and they put them away.
Are the recent struggles just a matter of the ball not bouncing the right way?
It’s not going our way right now in anything. Soccer is like that. Once you get things going in the right direction… Once things start rolling… We had it rolling at the beginning of the season. It’s not rolling right now. We have a lot of guys out, but I do think a lot of guys stepped up and played well tonight. It’s unfortunate we lost 2-0.
Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid
On five straight victories…
It’s great. Today was tough for us because it’s our fourth game in 10 days, so we had a lot of tired bodies out there you know, but you try to get people through it. That’s why we tried to cut the minutes for Rosales. We tried to cut Montero’s minutes as well to keep us as fresh as possible because we have another game on the weekend. But I thought our team responded well. I thought we defended well, which we’ve done all season.
I thought Jeff Parke was superb. I thought Meredith came up with a big save at a big time for us and then obviously Montero finished two good goals. There was a lot of good work by Cordell Cato on the first goal. You know so I was pleased for him in his first game.
On three straight shutouts…
Well they work for each other you know. They get in the way. They block shots. They help each other. They cover for each other. You know they take a lot of pride in keeping things away from goal. I think our goalkeepers don’t have to make a lot of big saves because we’re doing a lot of saves in front of them and when they do they’re able to come up with it and do well with it. So it’s a mindset and the mindset is with our midfielders and forwards as well in terms of making plays predictable.
On second half play vs. the first…
I think the first half we were too stretched out. I thought Rose and Evans played too deep together and so there was a big hole there. Also Strata and Johnson are big forwards that like to stay high a little bit, so we had a big hole in the middle of midfield. So basically in the first half (James) Marcelin ran the whole show and he was able to put balls to the next guy. Who then play into (Fabian) Castillo and people like that. We talked about that at halftime, and the second half Evans pushed into that hole a little bit. Montero drops into that hole, so now all of the sudden we were able to play and connect some passes into that hole and hold the ball for longer sequences and that forced them back a little bit.
Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Bryan Meredith
As a team this is our fifth win in a row, which is a franchise record for us. It’s very exciting. It was a great game. Sometimes you have to grind it out defensively, but the defense again did a great job. You have to give most of the credit to the defense for playing from minute 1 to minute 90 at 100 percent.
On diving save to end the first half…
He hit it across the goal and I don’t even know who it was. The ball just got up and kind of floated to the upper 90 and I just did everything I could to get a little tip on it.
On stepping in to play…
It’s been fun. You’ve got to be ready to step in and done the job at any time, which sometimes makes a backup position tough. I was prepared correctly before every game and luckily I’ve been able to extend our win streak.
Seattle Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero
It’s a great feeling coming off the bench. I try to do my best and do what Sigi told me and it was a big surprise for me to score those two goals and get the three points. Obviously when you are winning games you want to keep working and doing the same stuff. We tried to jump into the field and just enjoy the game. Try to be honest with us and try to be honest with the team and work hard for each other. We had a great battle today. We scored two goals and we got three points, which was super important for us.
On the second goal…
It was a little touch by the defense and the ball came to me and I just jumped and guided the ball into the net.
On the first goal…
It was a really fast play. I was battling for the ball and when I got the ball I tried to fake one defender and when I looked up I was right in front of the keeper. Then I just tried to put the ball into the net. It was a goal and a big moment for me.