The key word in the Sounders locker room tonight was “character,” used by players and coaches to describe Seattle’s first win over the season when conceding the first goal.
Here’s some of what they had to say:
Coach SIGI SCHMID
On the match) “Obviously I’m happy with the character we showed going down 1-0 and coming back to win the game. I thought we created more chances today again, so it was good. I thought our possession was a little better as well. I thought we knocked the ball around fairly well. This is a team [Chivas] that has improved themselves defensively. Last week they won playing a man down at home. They went, I think, into Montreal and got a tie there. So they are a team that plays things close. They played it close today, as well. A little unlucky with Brad [Evans] I guess being offsides on that third one. It would have been nice to get the third one. I’m pleased with our performance. I thought it was an upgrade over how we played last week and we have got to continue to concentrate on just playing good soccer.”
(On Brad Evans…) “The thing with Brad is he will play a little more attacking in that position and close that gap behind the forwards where Servando’s [Carrasco] tendency is to play a little deeper. So Brad gets a goal as a result of that. The run forward later in the game, then we have to encourage Brad to stay a little bit so we can lock it up a little bit. He made one run where he ran past both forwards looking for a ball and there’s only 15 minutes to go in the game. So there he has to make a little bit more of a conservative decision. But that was the reason we made the change because we thought Brad could give us more things going forward from that position.”
(On the lineup changes…) “Obviously we had to push him [Brad Evans] wide thinking that Shalrie [Joseph] was going to get more minutes there. With his injury taking as long as it is, we need Brad in the middle because Brad and Ozzie’s [Osvaldo Alonso] combination, they have got a lot of games together so there’s an understanding that’s there. It’s also there strengths play off of each other a little bit better.”
(On the central midfield…) “It gives Ozzie a player that he can play forward to instead of a player he can play square to. That makes a big difference.”
(On Lamar Neagle…) “Lamar was good. I thought his energy was good in the first half. We took him out mainly because we thought he was getting tired at that point […] A player like him is always going to cheat offensively at the right times, and he started to cheat at the wrong times. I thought he put in a good shift today.”
(On the substitutions…) “I was thinking about, as we got into injury time depending on how it went, going with five in the back. So I was either going to take Neagle out or Martins, and just stay with one up front and just go into a 5-4-1 just to finish it up, bring Zach [Scott] in to help us in the air in the back. When Oba went down with a knock it just made sense to make that change.”
(On Mauro Rosales…) “Obviously he always wants to be involved in goals and assists and it’s good for him to get an assist today and get off that mark. But I thought he got us into some good positions. He laid some good balls off. He made some final passes for us today, and that was important.”
Forward Lamar Neagle
(On coming from behind…) Yeah, you know there was a difference when we went down this time. We had confidence; we know as a group right away that we could get it back. We had a lot of play and we knew that we could get a couple goals.
(On his goal…) Good buildup by everybody, and then Oba taking it down the line, getting a cross to Mauro and Mauro barely getting a touch on it perfect to me, and I just put it back where it came from.
(On playing with Martins…) Yeah, we’ve played together for a little while and we kind of know each other’s tendencies now. A couple of passes went astray but that’s always going to happen when we’re trying to pressure and get in behind.
(On getting the 3 points…) It’s huge; we’ve got those games in hand but they don’t mean anything if we don’t get the wins—especially at home. This is a huge win for us.
Midfielder BRAD EVANS
(On coming from behind…) Yeah I think it shows a lot about our character fighting back from 1-0 down and the goals were going to come tonight. It was just a matter of time. We were playing at home. We have a lot of pride playing in front of our fans. It’s about time we got a victory in front of them.
(On his goal…) It was a good battle of possession, some good passing and Oba found me slipping through the middle. First time shot and luckily beat Kennedy.
(On withstanding pressure and gaining possession…) We withheld the pressure pretty well but they’re a good team and they know how to pass the ball. They’re very technical, so that’s kind of what we expected from them. We’re a dangerous team on the counter attack; there were a number of times where we got the ball forward and put ourselves in dangerous situations but just weren’t able to finish. But you get two goals and you should win a game, and we got two goals.
(On the win…) I think with the results yesterday and obviously our result tonight that pad gets a little smaller; those points get a little bit smaller. It’s not just a two horse race anymore. There are six or seven teams that are fighting for five spots. So, we do our best and next week we get back out there.
Goalkeeper Andrew Weber
(On his leaping save in the 29th minute…) “The guy crossed it in, he came to the near post and beat our guy there, hit it, and I reacted and got my hand on it. I think it hit the crossbar—I had no idea where it was. I thought, ‘Please go over,’ and it went over. So I was like, ‘Okay, not bad, let’s keep going.’ It was good.”
(On bouncing back after last week…) “It’s nice to bounce back and have a good, decent, clean game. It feels good.”
(On the significance of the win…) “I think it’s good for us. We got three points, we need to keep building on our performance. We could have gotten probably a few more tonight, but we keep building on this and keep moving forward. I think the momentum is returning a bit, I think the guys are getting energized again, and I think we’re going to have a great second half of the season.”
(On going down a goal to start…) “It happens. We’ve been there before. We showed great character tonight coming back and tying it up, then going and getting the second. I think we’re on a eight game streak not losing at home, so it’s nice.”