Marc Burch was less than ecstatic as he reflected on how close hos Sounders side came to winning the season’s first Cascadia derby.
It has been a week of tremendous highs and lows for the club and he reflected on the match and the amazing week that just passed.
Prost Amerika: Despite that late disappointment, what was that game like to play in?
Marc Burch: It’s always great when it’s a rivalry match. I felt like we had a really good 25 minutes then we took the foot off the gas and lost a little bit of possession.
Balls weren’t bouncing our way but they were in the right spots. We weathered the storm well. It came down to marking in the back. I should have made better decisions a couple of plays before to clear it down.
Prost Amerika: Apart from that last minute it was a pretty much flawless performance from the back until that one error?
Marc Burch: Yeah, we were closing off, we were working hard, we were covering for one another. We were making good plays. I felt we were talking, communicating well. And then, yeah, one mistake. That’s what this game is about. I felt that it should have been our three points but, yeah, you move on. We have a game next weekend.
Prost Amerika: How much does it mean for this club for the Traore/Hurtado partnership to be working? It seems to have gelled rather quickly.
Marc Burch: Yeah it looks great. And with Oba[femi Martins] coming in, I think we’re going to hit our stride soon and it’s going to be hard to beat us.
Prost Amerika: Long season to go?
Marc Burch: Oh yeah. It’s the second game. It sucks that we didn’t get a better result in the first two games, but we have 32 left, so we’ll do well.
Prost Amerika: Was it worth dropping two points to be in the CONCACAF semi final in trade?
Marc Burch: No it’s never good to lose points against Portland in any trade; at all! But all we have is the next game to make up for it.
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Will Johnson: They’re good competitors, they’re great players, and that’s what makes it fun to play against them.