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Marshall happy to provide game-winner for Sounders

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 3, 2014 at 10:56 pm with No Comments »
May 4, 2014 10:39 am

Here’s some Sounders’ player reaction to their 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night:

Chad Marshall – Sounders FC Defender
(On the game-winning goal…)
“[Marco] Pappa served me in a great ball. I felt like we’ve been close all season to getting one. We’ve had a couple good saves by keepers and stuff. He served in a good ball, I made a good run and was able to put it on frame. Felt good.”

(On the team’s success on set pieces…) “We work hard during the week. We got guys who can serve great balls and a lot of guys who are great in the air. It’s just a matter of serving good balls, making good runs and you’re going to score goals.”

(On getting a come-from-behind win at home…) “I’d love a two-nothing or a three-nothing, but we’ve made it interesting for the fans and I’m glad we got three points.”

(On blocking so many shots…) “I’m a big guy, I’m just trying to get in the way. I think I have a nice adidas tattoo on my back right now from one of them. I think everyone on the back line on the whole team is willing to sacrifice their body and keep them out of the net. Luckily I was able to get a couple today.”

(On if they work on blocking shots…) “I think when they’re in the 18, you want to minimize their chances on goal. You do whatever you can to block or alter a shot.”

(On if he’ll be thinking more about the goal or the defensive plays when he goes home…) “I think I’ll be thinking about the goal tonight. I’ve been close a couple times this year, so it was nice to get one, especially at home and for it to be a game-winner. It was pretty sweet.”

(On center backs getting some attention…) “Yeah, you guys haven’t talked to me much this year. It’s cool. There are a lot of great players on this team. I’m just happy to be here and contribute.”

(On the shout-out to the fans…) “I’m just happy to be here. I’ve admired what’s been going on here for a long time. I’m happy that Sigi brought me here so I can contribute to this team.”

Obafemi Martins – Sounders FC Forward
(On the game…)
“You guys already know the weather in Seattle. I’m just glad we won today. It keeps us motivated every game, getting the three points. And yeah, I’m glad I scored, too.”

(On scoring late goals…) “I’m glad that it’s happening to us, but I don’t think it’s a good sign. But I’m glad that it’s happening to us—working hard, trying to win. I think it’s a difficult when you’re losing to come up again to win the game. That’s not the way we want it, but at the end we won.”

(On the mentality of the team coming out of the half…) “Usual. Coming in, Sigi was talking about how we get the three points—we had to score early when we’re out there, and we did it. We worked hard and scored goals and got the three points.”

Marco Pappa – Sounders FC Midfielder
(On the goal…)
“It’s good sometimes to mix it up. They know sometimes that we’re going to play second balls with [Chad] Marshall, which normally he wins the ball in the air. I think at the end of the day I hit the ball to try and find a goal. We know Marshall’s quality on headers, so it was no surprise for us. It was a good goal for us, good win, especially at home, and I’m looking forward to the next game against Dallas.”

(On making an impact as a substitute…) “[Dylan] Remick got hurt, so I had to come in early. I tried to come in and bring some quality. The game was at home. When we’re at home, we have to show we’re going to play good football and win the game.”

Lamar Neagle – Sounders FC Midfielder/Forward
(On hitting the crossbar in the first half…)
“It was kind of like my last one. I saw the play developing, was coming in late and just ended up hitting it too hard. I thought there was going to be contact, so I was trying to push through it. I should have hit it a little bit easier.”

(On continuing to come-from-behind to win games…) “It’s kind of like a broken record. We keep going down and then coming back. It’s nice to be able to do that, but like we’ve said before we definitely don’t want to count on that. Everybody knows we can score goals but we definitely need to score them earlier to make it an easier game. We could have killed this game pretty quickly in the first half.

(On the busy week ahead…) “We’ve had a few little stints—an away stint where we did well, this home one we’re trying to continue to do well, then these three games pretty quickly is another one for us. We just keep grinding. We’ve got a lot of depth, so I think we’re ready for it.”

Brad Evans – Sounders FC Midfielder
(On the game…)
“First half I though they did a good job of putting high pressure on us, forcing us to play in behind them a little bit. We were still kind of sticking to our guns in the first half. I thought, and trying to play to feet and connect. I thought we could have done a better job, especially between DeAndre and I, of me clearing some space for him to push forward and create a little bit. We were a little bit disjointed in the beginning of the first half. I thought we settled in—we had a great chance to open up the scoring with Lamar’s shot. The penalty kick, as well. There were still chances to be had. The second half I thought we came out with a lot of fire and were willing to go forward a little bit more. Then we dropped me back to left back and I felt comfortable. Yeah, no problem there.”

(On a sense of redemption after the own-goal…) “Yeah, the [own goal] I was marking Edu and he didn’t even really go up for the header. He was standing offside, so I checked my run and then got in behind him and then it just skipped off my head—the first time I’ve ever had one of those. Yeah, definitely feels better helping the team tie the game at that point with a header.”

(On if he was in the mix for taking the PK…) “Ozzie’s daughter’s birthday is tomorrow, so he wanted to take it for his family. That was it, so we said, ‘You know what, if we get a PK you’re going to take it.’ That was it. It happens, and we all stuck by him, and we all gutted out the victory together.”

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