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Ferretti: 'Playing against 12 is harder than usual'
March 13th, 2013 11:10PM
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TAGS:  concacaf champions league, mexico, seattle sounders


[REACTION: Seattle Sounders-Tigres] MLS coaches are notorious for lashing out at Concacaf referees, so it was interesting to see how the shoe was on the other foot after the Seattle Sounders' 3-1 win over Mexican leader Tigres that sent the MLS club into the semifinals, 3-2, on aggregate. Tigres coach Tuca Ferretti had no problem with the red card to his captain, Manuel Viniegra, that changed the complexion of the game. But he otherwise blasted Salvadoran referee Elmer Bonilla, saying that it's hard to win when it's 12 against 10.

“There were three factors that caused us to no longer be in the Concacaf,” Ferretti said. “The first one was the red card obviously. But it was deserved because it was the second molestation -- it was a real foul there. The second was two very good goals [by defenders DeAndre Yedlin and Djimi Traore to even the two-leg series at 2-2], especially the second one. I even applauded because it was very impressive. The third reason was how bad the referee was. He allowed the opposing team to be too aggressive against us. He let go many of those fouls that should’ve been punished. I don’t want to take away anything from Seattle’s victory. They didn’t need this kind of help, but playing against 12 is harder than usual.”

Ferretti brought a team of reserves and youth players to Seattle but said all was going well until the red card just before halftime.

“I have plenty of confidence in my whole team and all the different members I have on my roster,” he said. “The proof of that is that during the game before the red card expulsion: We were playing well, we were winning 1-0 and we had an opportunity for 2-0. But something like a red card changes everything. We know that Seattle is a very strong team and 11 against 11, it was going to be a difficult game. But 11 against 12, it becomes even more complicated, so that’s what happened.”

Ferretti's criticism echoed that of MLS coaches in the past. He regretted that "the level of referee that we have in the Concacaf zone doesn’t really match the expectation that a tournament like this should have.”

  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: March 14, 2013 at 8:33 a.m.
    Didn't watch the game,nevertheless, it sounds like old sour grapes; if the referee was allowing aggressive play and was fair, than you need to adjust; nothing new! If Tuca was expecting to win with reserve players and it didn't work out, he should be big enough to admit it.
  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: March 14, 2013 at 8:35 a.m.
    Did anyone hear how US v Germany went?
  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: March 14, 2013 at 9:41 a.m.
    Tuca was correct bringing a fresh and hungry B squad. His tired and depleted A squad would have been humiliated.
  1. Tom Nilles
    commented on: March 14, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.
    US - 2, Germany - 0
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 14, 2013 at 10:10 a.m.
    Good game. Seattle struggled vs a complete B team. MLS still have a long way to go.
  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: March 14, 2013 at 11:19 a.m.
    We should celebrate the win with class and not continue to promote divisiveness.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: March 14, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.
    Bill, that's quite a supposition when Tuca's A-team didn't take the field; and u suggest they would have been humiliated ...what's the basis of your conclusion.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 14, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.
    The reality is that Tuca is more worried about winning MX Liga than Concacaf. There is more prestige in doing so and the payout is probably higher as well. Therefore this was an excellent excuse to give his B squad great exposure and evaluate up and coming talent, like Pulido for example. Tuca did this in Copa Libertadores also. I did not agree with that as that tournament is 2nd only to UEFA Champions even though last year's winner, Corinthians beat Chelsea in Club Cup. It's ok to celebrate this win but let's just be realistic about it as far as what level MLS is still at. I would also be careful as to what statements we call divisive.
  1. Joy Hottington
    commented on: March 14, 2013 at 10:51 p.m.
    Definitely sour grapes. Tigres B team wasn't too bad actually. They could hang in MLS (except in terms of mentality). That 2nd yellow was SO stupid and needless and it did change the game.

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