I’ve got some Sounders quotes sprinkled in by topic down below. Here’s some more of what they had to say after their 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers tonight before a crowd of 66,452 at CenturyLink Field.
Coach SIGI SCHMID
On his team’s performance) “I think the guys responded well. I think challenged a little bit that group of Eddie, Montero, Tiffert, and Rosales because they’re the creative forces on the field for us, but there’s also got to be enough defending that takes place within that group to make it work. I thought they all took turns defending and helping out at the right times. I think each of them covered a good amount of ground, a good amount of acreage out there. When we play like that, it’s great because you have the ability to create chances, you have the ability to go forward. Obviously, we’re trying to pinch the midfield a little bit more so that means the outside backs are able to get forward a more. Adam Johansson was very much involved in goal number one and I thought Leo Gonzalez…he’s got a slight hamstring we think, up until then I thought Leo was very, very good and he got forward probably as much as he has here, which I know he enjoys doing but he’s maybe not as fit doing it as he used to be. I think it’s our understanding of playing together—that’s why we left the main group out there as long as we could, because we wanted them to get more minutes as a group like that.”
On staying with the same lineup in consecutive games) “It’s important to keep evolving and to keep evolving as a group. I think we played this lineup, as well, against Chivas down there. The more time they get together the better it is. Certainly with Leo dropping out we can bring in a Burch. There’s Steve Zakuani that can still step in and play. Mario Martinez, when he’s still around, can step in and play. David Estrada is coming back, Sammy Ochoa has played well. We still have options that we can bring, but it’s good right now to get ourselves into a rhythm and for that group to get some understanding because they really haven’t had a lot of time together.”
On the game) “I thought the response by the team was great. I always so that we need to know the importance of the game, and for us the Cascadia cup is still very important. We want to try to win as much silverware as we can this year. We knew it was going to be a positive end to the week. We had great training sessions, and everyone was tuned in. We talked about playing every game as if it is a playoff game, and we wanted to get something out of this big game. We knew the crowd was going to be good tonight, and having 67,000 people behind us really helped tonight.”
On how getting to know each other better as a team is creating opportunities) “I think getting an understanding of each other and playing with each other, and pulling each other aside at water breaks to try to go over what we are going to go in certain situations. I think we are starting to gel. Especially Fredy [Montero] and I. We are starting to build a relationship that Sigi talked about us having at the beginning of the year.
On his goal celebration aimed at Timbers fans) “I am all for this rivalry. I couldn’t wait to play today. They had my number last game, and I wanted to get off to a better start today. It was a great ball by Brad [Evans]. We talk about crossing and finishing, and when you are in the box just trying to redirect the ball and get a foot on it. One went in tonight.”
On trying to take the spot of public enemy No. 1 in Portland) “I will leave that to Roger [Levesque]. Roger is one of a kind, but his motivational speech before the game definitely gave us a boost. Just having him and his positive energy around helped us before the game.”