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Sounders react to 2-1 win, Johnson goal record, and moving past RSL into second place

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm with No Comments »
September 8, 2012 4:38 pm

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say after their 2-1 win over Chivas USA today at CenturyLink Field:

Describing his first goal)
“Tiffert is a great deliverer of the ball, and I just wanted to get on the end of it. We practiced who is running the first post, second post, third post and try to recover. We tried to run between each other and get into the gaps. It was just a well-timed ball.”

Describing his second goal) “I knew when Freddy gets it out wide, he gets his head up. We were trying to push it to the point and it was just a well-delivered ball by Fredy (Montero). I like heading the ball — if it’d hit my foot, I’d be a little more nervous.”

On his nine goals by header this season) “I’ve always been a decent header of the ball — it’s just practicing it. Fortunately I’m on a team where we have good guys that are getting out wide and putting some great balls into the box. I think that’s one of my strengths and guys are starting to realize that.”

On his club-record 13 goals this season) “That’s a bonus. I couldn’t ask for a better team to share that with. Like I said, they are the reason why I’m getting my goals. All the hard work we’ve put in week-in and week-out is paying off. It’s a humbling moment, but I couldn’t ask for a better team to share it with.”

On Eddie Johnson’s franchise record-setting 13th goal)
“It is always good when you have someone on your team who can score goals, you know. The past years I was the guy who liked to score goals, but we didn’t make the final. Hopefully this year he’s going to take us together and put Seattle Sounders in the final.”

On the club’s first win after allowing the first goal of a match) “Our motivation was to win this game, to be in second place. The hard work paid off in the end with the second goal and we were really happy with those three points.”

On assisting the first goal)
“Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve said it before, it’s not important if you get the statistic. That’s not important, we want to win a championship as a team. It doesn’t matter if Tiffert gets 10 assists or Montero gets 10 assists, we want to win games.”

On the importance of today’s win) “This was a very defensive team. If you want to win championships, you have to win such games against such teams.”

On Chivas’ game plan and the difficulty of the win) “They wanted to counterattack, and the first goal was on a counterattack. Then 80-85 minutes they wanted to play defense. It’s not easy to win that kind of a game.”

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