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Johnson credits Rosales; Schmid likes attack

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm with No Comments »
May 3, 2012 8:26 am

Here’s some of what Sounders forward Eddie Johnson had to say tonight after scoring his second goal in as many games in Seattle’s 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy:

(On the win…) “When you can get into winning ways, it’s a good thing. It’s a good contagious feeling to have within the dressing room, and I guess it started with the reserve team. They went down to Chivas and they hadn’t won a game, and it was a quick turnaround. The team went down there and got a good result, and it’s like ever since the reserve game we’ve had that winning mentality, whoever it was that stepped onto the field. The coaches told us the expectations he’s wanted out of us as players and our goals as a team, and we’re just an organization that’s trying to fulfill our dreams. We set goals, and right now we’re on the right track. We talk about the certain amount of points that are out there and we can get. We’re just trying to get as many points as we can get. [Sigi] said if we can average two-and-a-half points per game, we can compete for the Supporter’s Shield at the end of the season. That’s kind of our mentality by now. It’s a special feeling. Well done to the team. Whenever you can play in front of 39,000-plus week in and week out, as players it makes your job easier. You couldn’t ask for a better motivation to prep you for the games here at the Clink.”

(On Mauro Rosales…) “He’s very important to the team. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s played in Europe, he’s played for Ajax. One of our strengths and our style is possessing the ball, and Mauro is a player that can beat you with a one-two, he can beat you on the dribble, or he can pick out that perfect cross in the box.”

(On Fredy Montero scoring his first goal…) “It’s huge. I’m a striker and I know how it is. You can have all the ability in the world, and you see the best players and the best strikers in the world–if you go one, three, five, six games without scoring, you start to second guess yourself from a psychological standpoint, and you start to forget about how good you are in front of the goal. For me, I was very happy to see him score and I wanted to be the first one to go over and celebrate with him.”

“Once you break that ice you start to get confidence in front of the goal. He’s put himself in some good positions on the field, he’s been unlucky in a few games. Special players score goals like he did today, and it says a lot about his ability.”

(On his goal…) “It was just me trying to get in between the two center backs. I knew Mauro was in a position where he was either going to beat the guy or cross the ball. I was just trying to play in between the two center backs. It was a perfect cross, I just wanted to get my head on it, and redirect it. The pace was already with the ball, and it was just a great ball by Mauro. It wasn’t hard for me because the cross was so perfect, but I’ll take it.”

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say:

On Eddie Johnson’s goal…) “It was a good goal. A tremendous cross by Mauro Rosales to find him in the middle. Eddie is a good athlete. He provides the speed, but he can also get up in the air. He’s got some hops and hit a good header – sliced it off into the far corner and Bill Gaudette had no chance. Gaudette had done well on a couple of earlier plays – on the shot from Eddie and then the rebound from Fredy Montero, Fredy’s header that was straight at him, so there were good things that he had done. So I think it was a good goal. It shows Eddie’s versatility that he’s not just going to score goals by breaking in behind defenses, but he’s going to score goals in different ways.”

On their lineup moving forward…) “We’re going to stick with it. I don’t think it’s going to be the last time you see us play a game where both Eddie Johnson and [Fredy] Montero score in the same game. I think this is the first of a few that are going to go that way.”

On Eddie Johnson’s role…) “I said this the other day to some other people, but not everybody was there, but O’Brian White last year I thought was really starting to provide that for us because he was a guy maybe a little more physically in the mold of an Edson Buddle. But he was able to hold the ball, combine, scored a great header against Chicago if you remember that game and he was really starting to come on. Unfortunately, we lost him due to an injury and he hasn’t been able to return. So I think Eddie [Johnson] is providing us some of those same things. That’s what we’re looking for – a forward that has speed, a forward that can play with his back to goal and can hold up the play. His first touch is pretty good, he’s technically pretty sound and I think his game is going to get better because he just needs to continue to get games and the understanding is going to get better. So it was what we were looking for and it was a trade that we felt was going to pay off at the end of the day.”

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