Watson, Martins, others discuss Sounder shutout — and a certain signing
By Michael Ligot, Seattle Editor
“It was one of the three points we brought up, and that was, don’t give up an early goal,” dejected FC Je-Vaughn Watson said. Obafemi Martins ruined those plans eight minutes in, however.
The Seattle Sounders’ goal scorer and FC Dallas’ victimized defender were amongst others, including the Dallas head coach, who discussed Seattle’s 3-0 victory Saturday night after the game.
While Watson was watching Lamar Neagle on an impending Mauro Rosales free kick, Martins found himself unmarked by the other Dallas defenders.” I was just playing the course, and I just sort of switched back a little bit to make space for myself, and I saw the ball coming in,” said Martins. “So I just flicked the ball and it went into the back of the net.”
“[Martins] just sneaked through,” said Watson, shaking his head. “Our guy just missed his mark, it was a good played-in ball, they scored straight in.”
Dallas strove to mirror their effort on May 17, when they tied the Sounders before succumbing 4-2, but Eddie Johnson caught them on a counterattack and scored.
“I think it was, if I remember correctly, we were in the attack, we just made a bad pass, they intercepted it, and our line was too high,” said Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman.
“The last time we played them, that was a hard-fought battle that we actually got up 2-0 and let them get back in” said the Sounders’ 2013 SuperDraft second-round draft pick Dylan Remick. “So it was good to go up 2-0 and be able to hold that lead.”
The Hoops’ inability to nab even a consolation goal extended their scoreless streak to five games. Hyndman and Watson didn’t even try to hide their disappointment.
“I don’t think we’re playing, I don’t think we’re in good form,” sighed Hyndman. “I don’t think we created enough opportunities and it seems we’re very content on keeping the ball but not really going anywhere. So, when you look at the chances we had, I think [Mauro] Díaz had a nice movement on the top of the box, and just put it a little bit wide, but that was our only good chance.
We need to maybe get away a little bit from the things we’ve been doing in training and more into attacking patterns.”
“We went into the game to keep a clean sheet but sometimes things don’t go according to plan,” his Jamaican defender Watson added. “You give up a goal and we were fighting to get back into the game, so that cost us, the second goal. Coach said in locker room we just need to go ahead, we were playing very well until we give up the penalty at the last. Just [a] bad night.”
Of course, the Sounders’ unveiling of new Designated Player Clint Dempsey was a topic of conversation, as well as the requisite hoopla. A defender just starting his professional career took note.
“It was a cool experience, having dealt with that stuff going on with your club,” said Remick. “We always want to get better players and get a better team. It’s fun to be a part of this environment.”
“Yeah, [Dempsey] addressed the team, he said hello, and he seems like a really good guy. He’s ready to start working, and we’re all eager to get him into the lineup and get him to start playing with us.”
Martins remembered the Seattle welcome he got when he talked about Dempsey’s arrival.
“When I came here [from Levante early in the season], the fans they welcome me very well as well,” said Martins. “They did the same for me. The only thing now is to try to adapt very quick and try to help the team as well, and I hope he does well.”
And if Remick has a star career in MLS, is he ready for his own Twitter hashtag? “No, I’m not. I haven’t hit that star status yet,” he said, laughing. “But I’m happy Clint has.”