Thorns Postgame: The Interviews - May 10, 2014

Jeremiah Mitchell Braeback - Stumptown Footy

Paul Riley, Christine Sinclair, Nadine Angerer and Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little spoke with the media following the Thorns 1-0 loss.

Head Coach Paul Riley


"We’re 10 points behind. A lot of work to do. I was happy with the performance. I thought it was probably our best performance of the season. One mistake, it was a big mistake obviously. A big mistake to Seattle’s probably best player on the day. Unfortunately, you make a mistake late in the game, you pay the price. We talk about being brave all season. I give Rebecca [Moros] a lot of credit, she had a great game. Credit to the players, I thought they were brilliant. Their work rate, I thought we created some great chances in the second half for Christine [Sinclair] and for Jessica [McDonald]. Probably could have gotten on the board before we gave up the goal, but we were searching for the goal. We were pushing forward. I thought we were good tonight. We kept Sydney [Leroux] very quiet. Emily Menges did a fantastic job in the back on Leroux and Leroux jumped onto the left wing second half to see if she could get something out of Courtney [Niemiec] and she didn’t get anything on that side either, so I was pleased with the back line, too. Just one slip, unfortunately. I don’t think there was much between the two teams. I think we played the better football. [Seattle] played a lot of long ball tonight. Kendall Fletcher hit a lot of balls in behind us and obviously tested the speed of our back line. We have a lot of speed in our back line. But [Seattle] are good. They’re top of the league for a reason. They score goals and you give them half a chance, they score. Kim [Little] got half a chance and it was battle of the goalkeepers, I think, before that point. Hope [Solo] made some great saves, she got the better of Sinc tonight, I’m sure that’s an ongoing saga, but I was happy with the overall display."

Forward Christine Sinclair


"I thought that was actually one of the better performances we’ve had all season. We created a lot of chances. Hope [Solo] came up with some big saves, but we made it easy for her at times as well. They cleared one off the line and then to give up a goal late, the way we did, is really tough...Soccer’s a cruel sport. Sometimes, throughout the course of the season, we haven’t necessarily played our best, but won some games. Today, I thought we played pretty well and ended up losing. We’ll be upset tonight and we’ll move on with such a quick turnaround before our next game. We’ll get over it fast."

Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer


"I think it’s very good that we have a game in four days in Houston. We have no time to think about losing today. We lost today, that’s true, but we didn’t lose anything. We lost three points, but we didn’t lose a championship or a final or something. We know what we have to work on, what we have to improve. The worst thing we could do now is to get depressed or something. We lost today and this is not good, but still we are looking forward and we are very positive. I’m very positive about our team."


Seattle Reign midfielder Kim Little


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