Here’s some San Jose Earthquakes reaction to their 1-0 win over Sounders FC tonight at CenturyLink Field:
Coach Frank Yallop
On the result…) “Well obviously a great result for our team and very happy with the performance of our players. We deserved the points.”
On Sounders) “They’ll put you under pressure here, they’re a good team. It’s a dif place to play and get a result so we feel that we that we’ve played a good game. the game plan was to get at them as much as we could when they were pushing forward and I feel that we did a good job at that. just needed that 2nd goal we had chances and we didn’t which made it hairy at the end but i’m very happy with the points.”
(On playing in Seattle…) “They’re a quality team that no matter who’s on the field, they’ve got quite a few injuries at the moment, they’re a very good team. We have to be the best at the back. the whole team deserves credit for the win because they all put the work in for the club.”
(On last time the teams met…) “The other time we won 1-0, Seattle should have won that game. They outplayed us in every department and we came out with a 1-0 victory. I think tonight we deserved a victory. It’s not often you can say that – Seattle had its moments but we had some good moments too. I think it was well earned, especially here.”
“We have a different team and mentality to our unit. Even if Seattle were to score I feel that we would have gotten a second one, I think the team is mentally stronger this year. Seattle has their moments and are a good team, I’m just proud that we shore the game out at the end and put it all on the line with good head shots and blocking shots.”
(On three shutouts in four games…) “We said we needed to get better at seeing games out and defending as a unit. I think Victor Bernardez has made a big dif at the back line. Jon Busch, you can go on and on but the team is determined not to give goals up… I think the only goal we’ve given up was a penalty kick. It’s early, four games, we have a long way to go but the signs are good. If we can get up to a good start and maintain it we can play with anyone and that’s the thing for me. Seattle is going to be right up there to the end and I think we went toe-to-toe with them tonight.
On forward Steven Lenhart’s yellow card…) “All of our players play with aggression and patience that I ask them to do… but he’s a fair player. He doesn’t foul people and goes for the ball. I think [Christ Wondolowski] was great. I can’t say enough about those two they like playing with each other and they work hard. I think that they showed that tonight.”
San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski
On the result) “It’s a great win, Seattle is a tough place to play it took 11 of us to battle and fight.
On it being similar to the last game…) “To be honest it reminds me of the last couple of years. In 2010 we did the same thing, score in the first 10 minutes and held on 1-0 to win. Last year we lost 2-1 but it’s a tough place to play. We tried to go in, tried to battle and it’s nice to get one and take the lead. Our defense played unbelievable, credit to them.”
On this team’s defense…) “It’s unreal. Busch commanding it, he’s done a great job with a couple great saves. You have Bernardez winning almost every head ball and Jason coming in at center-back… it’s a very tough thing to do against Estrada and Montero. Credit to all of our defenders, it’s a pleasure to play with them and I’m proud to be apart of it.”
On the penalty kick…) “It’s a shot from 12 yds away, I’m a Forward I should make it it doesn’t matter what keeper is in there. Anytime I take a PK I play to myself and…