Here are the basics from the club:
Seattle Sounders FC will host the Colorado Rapids in the Knockout Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The match will be broadcast on KONG-TV and can be heard on 97.3 FM. The match will also be broadcast live outside of Seattle on ROOT Sports.
Playoff tickets go on sale tomorrow, October 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at www.SoundersFC.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
All playoff tickets will be distributed via Ticketmaster’s TicketFast online printing.
For more information visit www.SoundersFC.com.
(BTW: Portland tweeted, but the Sounders did not confirm, that the Timbers would play at either Seattle or Colorado in first semifinal leg at 7 p.m. Saturday.)
Below is some of what the Sounders had to say about the challenge ahead:
Coach SIGI SCHMID
“Adam [Moffat] told the team-last year that’s where Houston was. Houston finished fifth and they got to MLS Cup. It doesn’t matter where you are. You just have to win your games and move forward. Certainly Wednesday is a game you have to win because it’s a one-off. And then after that you get into the next series and you work on that aspect of it. We have to be prepared Wednesday. We owe Colorado one. It’s good that we’re both on the same rhythm and that they play tonight, as well. So we’ll see how it goes.”
(On having a chance by just making the playoffs…) “It’s the same thing. We talked about that. We said the most important thing is you have to be invited to the dance. It doesn’t matter whether you’re first, second, third, fourth, or fifth. So we have the play-in game at home. Houston had it away last year. The Galaxy had it at home, beat Vancouver and forward from there. We are capable of doing the very same thing and there’s enough ability and enough talent there that we can go ahead and do that. Tonight, Leo Gonzalez didn’t play because we wanted him to make sure he was ready for the playoffs. We held Mauro a little bit because he’s been having some knee issues, so we’ll make sure he’s ready for the playoffs, as well. Eddie was tightening up, so that’s one of the reasons we took him out of the game, to make sure that he’s ready for Wednesday, as well. Our team will be ready to play.”
(On the status of Obafemi Martins…) “We’ll see. We’ve given him a couple days here to rejuvenate and recover a little bit because we knew he wasn’t going to play tonight, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow. Hopefully if not in a starting situation, hopefully he’s a guy, if we need it, can come off the bench for us on Wednesday. If not, he’s a guys if he can’t get through Wednesday, he’s fresh for the weekend.”
(On the pressure of the playoffs…) “The pressure in the playoffs is always the same-the pressure is that you want to win MLS Cup. Nobody cares when you get knocked out what round you got knocked in and nobody cares what position you were in when you started the playoffs. All they care about is where you finish in the playoffs. Today New York won Supporters Shield, [but] if New York gets knocked out in the first round of the playoffs, nobody is going to talk a heck of a lot about the Supporters Shield, they are just talk about them getting knocked out. That is the reality of the sport and that is the pressure all of the coaches in this league live in.
(On preparing for a game on Wednesday…) “The regen starts now. Guys have to make sure they eat the right things and to put some things into their body. They got to get into cold baths tonight and things like that. Tomorrow they must have a good regen to help them recover. They will be more sore Tuesday and by Wednesday they will be able to play. The mind is a strong piece of the body that can carry you through when your body isn’t feeling so well.”
(On playing a playoff game at home…) “Keep the faith, got to come out again. It is fantastic to look at our crowd and setting an attendance record for the fifth year in a row. I don’t think people understand how much work the front office puts in and that’s a reflection on the entire organization. Just like the sporting side-being able to make the playoffs five years in a row is not all that common in this league. Every team sometimes, when it slips up and doesn’t make the playoffs, gets some allocation money it’s easier to rebuild and get yourself back up there, but to stay in there year in and year out is a difficult task. The sporting side has done that well but our fans, and what they do in our front office here to get the fans out here, and the experience they have in the stadium will continue to be a solid one and we will continue to put everything we can every time we play for them.”
(On the quick turnaround…) “It is something that both teams have to do, and it is better for us to play at home. It would have been nice to get the win tonight and not be in this situation, but at the same time at least we don’t have to travel. It is always good to play at home in front of the fans here. Hopefully they will be behind us and push us on through.”
(On if you owe Colorado something extra after your last matchup…) “We have to play well. It is going to be a tough game, but we need to go out and play hard. We need to fight for each other and not conceive goals as easy. If we can keep a clean sheet we have the quality up top to score goals and we should be able to get it done.”
Goalkeeper MICHAEL GSPURNING
(On preparing for the playoffs…) “It’s just looking forward now. We wanted to avoid this game [against Colorado] but now we got it. All of our minds are ready for Wednesday and that’s the most important thing.”
(On preparing for another match in a few days…) “We know how to train for a game in three days and that isn’t an issue at all. Of course everybody will need a special energy for playoffs. We know a lot of the fans that were here today are going to be in the stands on Wednesday to cheer us on. It is big that we at least have this game at home.”
(On preparing for playoffs…) “It’s the same. [Colorado] played today and they lost [...] We can go into the game with more confidence. It’s nice to have everyone back on the team and now the playoffs start Wednesday night and for us it’s a great opportunity.
Midfielder ADAM MOFFAT
(On if history shows that playoff seeding might not matter…) “Yeah, it doesn’t at all. You look at last year, and the Galaxy finished in fourth, I believe, and they almost lost that play-in game against Vancouver last year, but then once they got to the series games they beat San Jose and eventually ended up getting to the final. For us in Houston, we had to travel for our game and we still made it. So it doesn’t matter. You look at teams like [Real] Salt Lake, Colorado when they won, they all weren’t in the greatest positions. It really doesn’t matter. Once you get in there it’s all about producing your best, and if not then you’re probably going to lose. We need to get back the form that we had a couple of months ago and I feel like we could definitely win.”