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Sounders react to 2-0 win before huge crowd

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm with 1 Comment »
August 18, 2012 11:46 pm

I have some Sounders quotes sprinkled in down below. But here’s some more of what they had to say today after their 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps:

On adjustments he made…) “There weren’t a whole lot of adjustments. We felt that we could really find some joy on the right-hand side. We felt that [Alain] Rochat was really tucking in an awful lot, so then we felt whoever was on the right wing–[Brad] Evans, and later we pushed [Mauro] Rosales out there–if they just stayed close to the touch line, they would find space. And obviously our second goal came from that, as well. We wanted Eddie [Johnson] to play a little bit higher, so he was playing a little more off the shoulder of the last defender, and we looked to play more balls in. We talked about that, and keeping possession on their end of the field.”

(On his personnel changes…) “Like I said, we felt we could find some joy on the right, so I wanted to bring Mauro out to the right because I felt he could use that space a little bit. The reason we took [Alex] Caskey off is because we needed to keep some height on the field because of their danger on set pieces. As a group we didn’t want to go too small. I thought [Christian] Tiffert, especially in the first half, I thought he had a very good game. He started to run our game for us a little bit, and that was helpful in midfield, and there were times he was doing it in the second half, as well.”

(On the play of Brad Evans…) “His versatility helps us, and we play enough games where people are going to get on the field and people are going to play. But right now with new players coming in, you still have to find–and it will take some time–to find the right mix and to see how it mixes together the right way. Today, the mix worked. [Jhon] Kennedy [Hurtado] in the back was also a good one-on-one solution for us defensively, but he didn’t start the last game for example. Sometimes there’s just matchups that are a little better, and I think we have the depth where we can adjust to some of them.”

(On the crowd…) “It’s a tremendous reflection of what Seattle is doing. I told Adrian [Hanauer] if he keeps getting more than 50,000 we’ll keep winning because every league game over 50,000 we’ve won. So we don’t mind if in the next game they want to open up some more seats and get another 55,000 in there.”

(On if Steve Zakuani and Mario Martinez will play in the Reserve match, 1 p.m. Sunday at Starfire…) “Definitely, Steve will start in the reserve game and we’re going to give Mario some minutes, as well. I asked [Mario] what he thought of the crowd, if it was like Real Espana, and he just started laughing. He said, ‘No, this is tremendous.’ He’s excited and we’re excited to see him play. He trained with the group [yesterday] and it was good.”

(On what makes Montero so good coming off the bench…)
“Fredy wants to play the whole game, too. He’s a team guy, he’s very respectful of all situations. He accepts them from the standpoint of, even if it’s maybe not the decision that he’s thrilled about, he’s very professional in his approach, and when he gets on the field he’s going to do the best he can. But it’s no different than other guys, as well. Fredy’s mentality is that he wants to get out there, he wants to make a difference, he wants to be a game-changer, whether he starts or it ends up he doesn’t start. He still wants to do the same when he comes in the game.”

(On Eddie Johnson’s strong run of play lately…) “You’re always looking to get better, you’re always looking to improve. I’m sure Eddie will tell you the same thing. He probably over-dribbled the one, he probably should have hit it with his right foot when he beat the guy and he cut back. He had a great left-footed effort in the first half, had a couple headers that were right around there. He had the one that I know he’d like to have back off the cross, which also came from the right. It shows you that we got in on that side. I’m fine, as long as [Johnson and Montero] both stay hot, I’m happy.”

(On Mauro Rosales’ strong play of recent…) “Obviously, he’s getting involved. He’s getting assists, which is what he did for us last year and we need him to continue to do that…He’s important for our flow and as we get to understand even each other better and better, I think our cohesion will get stronger, as well.”

(On Michael Gspurning…) “He’s a big presence back there. He’s a guy you look back and you’re confident in. When you play against a team that sends a lot of crosses in or hits free kicks in there, when you look back and you say, ‘If he’s coming off the line, he’s probably going to get a hand on it or he’s going to punch it clear or definitely get to it.’ He’s been solid, his organization is good for us, as well. He’s a tremendous asset for our team, not just in what he can do as a goalkeeper, but in the voice he brings to the field. His experience has been important, and it was great tonight to get a shutout. I thought that was very important for us, as well.”

(On scoring goals in Cascadia Cup matches…)
“These games are meaningful. These are the big games. This is what our fans look forward to every season, Cascadia games. We know the importance of the game. I had a few opportunities that I didn’t put away…If I miss one then it’s always the next one. If I keep putting myself in spots where I can get goals then it’s going to come. Before the game I told Brad [Evans] if he ever got time and space out wide that if they give me the back post I’ll come like I’m coming to the near if he’s cheating and I’ll go to the back post, and vice-versa. Brad played an amazing ball across the box. To be fair, those are the hard ones…I made that run. I was committed to the whole play. It was just good build-up…All the credit to Brad. I just had to get on the end of it.”

(On the forward pairings in MLS…) “We aren’t worried about anybody else. We are just worried about ourselves…We are just focused on what we are trying to do here in Seattle, trying to establish our identity as a team here. I think we are doing a good job as far as the new players that have come in and contributed to the team this season. It’s all about us. We are not worried about who is the best striking pair in the league. Every striker, every team, every pair has their own style of play. Fredy and I have a style of play that is a lot different from other teams in the league. At the end of the day it is about us. Fredy is competitive. I’m competitive. I think he’s trying to be the leading goal scorer. That’s one of my goals, too. So if we’re both trying to be leading goal scorers it’s going to get more goals from both of us so it’s good for the team.”

Midfielder BRAD EVANS
On the second goal…)
“They were pressing. I think they got caught a little bit. Ozzie [Alonso] turned and I’d been sitting out on the wing, kind of hanging out there all game and Rochat was tucked in a little bit. He played a good ball over the top. It actually held up a little bit. I was expecting it to come a little bit faster but I was able to get a touch on it before it hit the ground. It was a good, positive touch and I looked up, had a glance, and actually didn’t see anybody in the box. I just knew that they were there so I tried to play it across. My earlier crosses weren’t very successful so I just focused on getting this one out of the goalkeeper’s reach and giving our guys a chance.”

(On the physicality of the match…) “There were ticky-tack fouls. Nothing was too bad. There were a couple of fouls where guys got upset but for the most part it was part of the game and I think guys rolled with the punches. Everybody knew it was going to be physical; it’s a derby. I think we held up well, we get out with the result and that’s the most important thing.”

(On the crowd…) “I had no idea. I think back to 2008 when I first found out I was coming here, then hearing there were 5,000 then 10,000 season-ticket holders. All of a sudden, four years later it’s 55,000 for a league game. That’s unheard of and it’s really something special. As long as we keep winning these games we keep people happy, and that’s pretty important as well.”

(On controlling the game in second half…)
“It was very intense game. There wasn’t much space in the game. We were the clearer team in the second half. We had more clear chances and I’m happy we scored the two goals to control the game to the end. Fredy came in and did an excellent job finishing his first play. I think it might have been the first ball that he touched. That was very good for us because it’s very important to beat them for the Cascadia Cup – it’s a derby – to represent for the club and for us. We expect that and we want that.”

(On Fredy Montero coming off the bench…) “It didn’t look like it was difficult for him. He just came in and was active, worked for any ball in the area. Today, he did, and it was a goal, very proud to have him on the team.”

On teammates confidence from his 8-2-1 record starting…)
“I don’t know, you’d have to ask the team. I don’t know the statistics exactly but I feel like I’m winning more than we’re losing. I’m happy with the guys in front of me. We had a great team effort, especially this week was important to take points because last week we put so much effort into those teams and we didn’t take the results. We knew it’s just about taking the three points and nothing else matters.”

(On bouncing back…) “We showed great character today in front of our crowd again. It’s very easy after this week to come back mentally strong. We didn’t start well today to be honest. After 30 minutes we took more and more control of the game. We knew we had to keep pushing and we would score, and if we keep them at zero then for sure we’d win. Then in the last minutes we got the second goal.”

On the crowd…) “Maybe we have to think about opening up the upper level every game. It’s always amazing in front of this crowd. Before the game, if you walk through the tunnel, you get goose bumps. It’s amazing.”

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  1. bellTownFan says:

    “Before the game, if you walk through the
    tunnel, you get goose bumps. It’s amazing.”

    Michael, dude, your awesome

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