Updated Mar 17, 2013 - 9:03 pm
Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 1 Montreal Impact (Match Review & Reactions)
By John Zielonka
The Sounders lost 1-0 to the Montreal Impact before a drenched 38,998 fans at Century Link Field in Seattle.
Davy Arnaud scored the only goal in the 35th minute. Arnaud flicked the ball over Michael Gspuring after receiving an excellent pass from Felipe Martins.
DeAndre Yedlin (mlssoccer.com)
Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid used a lineup that included rookie DeAndre Yedlin at right back to replace Adam Johansson. Mauro Rosales stepped in to play at forward behind striker Eddie Johnson. Marc Burch, Patrick Ianni, and newcomer Shalrie Joseph were some of the other significant injured from Saturday's match.
The Sounders had two golden opportunities to equalize in the second half. Midfielder Brad Evans and Johnson hit the post in the 66th and 80th minute, respectively.
Johnson accounted for six of Seattle's 15 shot attempts, of which three were on target. Montreal totalled nine total shots with five of those on goal.
The diminutive Yedlin is the Sounders' first homegrown player to start. The 19-year-old Seattle native made quite an impression with his deep runs from his right back position. Seattle may have found a versatile sparkplug who can play on offense and defense.
Man of the Match: Davy Arnaud
The Montreal captain notched the lone goal of the match to give the Impact a hard fought win in miserable conditions.
"Felipe timed the ball really well. I knew he saw me running and he played a great ball. I wasn't sure who was to my right but I figured I wouldn't have a lot of time so I had to hit it pretty fast after I took my first touch."--Davy Arnaud
"The guy in the middle was really free. I thought maybe he'd stop the ball or I have to do something to close the distance to him. The guy made a perfect goal I have to admit. He kicked it perfectly over me."--Michael Gspurning, Sounders FC 'keeper
Seattle's depleted lineup
"Leo [Gonzalez] has been playing left back for us, so [Marc] Burch being out, it wouldn't have changed our lineup. [Pat] Ianni being injured, [Adam] Johansson being injured, Estrada being injured, Neagle not being available. Those definitely affected things in terms of our lineup and our lineup choices."--Sigi Schmid, Sounders head coach
"Making your rookie debut is always a very emotional and fun night and thought he played really well. He was very cool and composed with the ball and he connected his passes. He really played to his strengths."--Andy Rose, Sounders FC midfielder
"He did well. He is a very confident player. He is one of those guys who just goes out and plays futbol. He is fearless and has fun when he is out there because he is playing with his friends."--Steve Zakuani, Sounders FC midfielder
"Obviously a loss is never the result you want, but it's good to get a game under my belt and see what it's like to play with the first team and get to start. It was definitely good for my experience."--DeAndre Yedlin
They said it
"It was lucky in this situation because you're going against a very good team. We also had two or three chances to make it 2-0 and we also hit the post. So that's the game and it was a little bit of luck to have here because Seattle is a good team. And when you have 40,000 in the stadium, it's not easy to play."--Marco Schallibaum, Impact head coach
"We got slapped in the face today and we have to go to work and pedal through it. Of course it's tough because it's the home opener and everybody is expecting to win - the fans, the players, everybody and then you lose. That's soccer and we just have to look ahead to the future."--Michael Gspurning
"At the end of the day I think we can play better, but hats off to Montreal. I thought they did a good job defensively. They made it tough. They compacted the middle. We didn't get wide enough, especially the left hand side in the first half. I thought it got a little bit better in the second. At the end of the game I thought we carried the game."--Sigi Schmid
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