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Random reaction to 2-0 win and 5-0-2 preseason

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Feb. 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm with No Comments »
February 29, 2012 11:02 pm

Several blog posts below deal with specific topics of the Sounders’ 2-0 win over Jaguares tonight. Here is a little grab bag of leftover quotes:

On goalkeeper Michael Gspurning)
“I thought he did well. He was solid. I thought his communication was good to the guys. When the balls got played back to him he cleared them when he had to clear them, when he could find people he found people, but I thought he was solid. I didn’t think they had a lot of great looks at him. He came up with one decent save. He didn’t really get tested that much, but if you organize well hopefully you can avoid that.”

On forward David Estrada) “I thought David did well. I thought it took him about 10 minutes or 15 minutes to settle into the game – probably a little bit of nerves. It was a big occasion for him in terms of the first time really starting up front for us. But then I really thought in the first 20 minutes of the second half he was very good. He stretches the defense, his work rate is so good about that that he’s always active. He was much better in the last 15 minutes of the first half and for sure the second half in terms of connecting his passes. Him and Mauro [Rosales] combined a couple of times – he got in the ball, the run where Mauro played him the ball through was a great run. He played Mauro in on one. I thought he did very well.”

On if today was a good test for Estrada) “Yeah, definitely. Today was a good test for him. Today was a good test because we played a good team. Our crowd was out here, so you could feel the atmosphere and the noise and it was the first time. When you put the uniform on and the lights go on, that’s already something that settles your nerves. So for him, next week is going to be easier than this week.”
On the fitness level of the club) “I thought it was good. I think playing the game last week in Atlante where we really pushed some guys to 90 minutes was good. In the game against Columbus, where we pushed our guys 75 or 80 minutes was good. So from that standpoint we’ve tried to establish that weekly rhythm, so I thought fitness-wise we were good. There was a run, I think in the 83rd minute or so, where Jeff Parke had to track back where he got caught forward and he showed a good level of fitness still being able to get back, so I was pleased.”

On Johansson’s ability to come forward) “He has an ability to come forward. At the end of the game with five minutes to go I said, ‘Adam, you can sort of stay.’ What we like about him and the reason we thought he’d be a good edition was his ability to finish off plays when he got forward. Obviously, the cross for the goal was evidence for that. He had a couple of other opportunities where he gets to the final phase and certainly helps. With him and Rosales you can see there’s already a little bit of an understanding there. We have to be good about making sure we cover when he goes forward so we don’t get caught on the counter because I’m sure Santos watched the game today and they’re going to see an opportunity to counter on that side.”

On starting)
“Yeah in the beginning I was a little nervous, being the first start at CenturyLink. A little nervous, no way around it, but once I connected my first pass, that’s when everything just kind of went away and just focused on the game. I felt comfortable out there once I connected that first pass and settled down.”

On getting comfortable passing with the other players) “One of the things we have to get used to is the surface. We’ve been playing on grass this whole preseason, so you have to measure your passes. Connecting with Rosales is something that comes really easy, I guess. At the end of the game we had a few good combinations and that comes with getting used to the grass and getting used to each other, as well.”

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