You will not be surprised to hear that it was a happy locker room.
I’ll be back with more quotes, but here was coach Sigi Schmid’s opening statement, which sums things up pretty nicely:
“I’m very pleased that we got a shutout. Very pleased with the three goals – though (the Timbers) were helpful on a couple of them. Rickett’s save on the one Fredy tried to beat him far post, that could have been a goal-of-the-year type of thing. But that was tremendous: just the whole atmosphere and the feeling. When I walked onto the field, I said to (assistant coach Brian Schmetzer), I said, ‘This is what heaven must be like.’ In my imagination of heaven, this is it: packed house, beating Portland by three, fans going crazy, it can’t get better than that.”
Michael Gspurning: “If this is not an emotional game, why we are playing soccer? Of course, it was emotional. It was a great atmosphere. It was also for the fans a great game I think, because Portland also had a couple of chances. They played good soccer, good football, too. The Cascadia Cup for us is still possible for us. But we know that we have more targets. We enjoyed the victory today, and tomorrow we look forward to more targets.”