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Sounders praise “great goal” from Barrett and defense that bent but didn’t break

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on June 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm with No Comments »
June 29, 2014 8:19 am

Here’s some of the what Sounders had to say tonight after return to MLS play with a 1-0 win at D.C. United:

Seattle Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid
On the team’s win

I thought we were solid. We played 120 minutes on Tuesday and I thought our performance was one of those where we bent a little bit but we didn’t break. I thought our defense held together well. We got a great goal from Chad Barrett, a great header. We’re pleased with the end result and I think our defending was solid.

On Jalil Anibaba’s performance on defense
We needed some fresh legs and I think Zach Scott has played really well. I thought Jalil played really well tonight. His speed is a good matchup with Eddie [Johnson] so that was good for us as well. We needed some fresh legs in there and he provided that for us. [Osvaldo Alonso] helped us in midfield with his legs but they did a good job packing the midfielder and putting a lot of extra bodies in there. That’s something that we didn’t adjust as well, especially in the first half and in the second half. Towards the end we locked it down by going with an extra midfielder but I was obviously pleased with Jalil.

On playing well without Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins in the attack
That was our objective at the start of the season. What we really wanted to do was improve our depth up front. We knew there was going to be a period in time where we were going to miss Dempsey. By bringing in Kenny Cooper and bringing in Chad Barrett, we wanted to push Lamar Neagle back wide, which gave us the depth up front.

Seattle Sounders forward Chad Barrett
On his recent scoring success

I feel like I’m doing something productive for the team. That’s pretty much all I was trying to do. I wasn’t trying to replace Clint [Dempsey] I was just trying to fill a void. Sigi gave me the opportunity and I’ve had some great service and teammates have really helped out along the way. I’m happy to put the goals in for them.

On the physical play from both teams
I don’t think the calls were going my way today. I had some disputes with the ref and once I started yelling at him I pretty much knew that I pretty much wasn’t going to get any calls. [DC United] were defending like they should. If they’re not going to get called for it they’re going to keep doing it. Luckily enough I was able to get a little bit of space and create some room. It was a great ball from [Leo Gonzalez] and I could finish.

On winning the first game following the World Cup break
It’s huge. This is what we were really looking forward to. D.C. were refreshed and they really showed it today, they played really well. They’re a very good possession team, a lot different from last year. Obviously they missed the likes of Espindola, which really helped us out today, but they’re still a good team. You really got to give it up to our defense. They did an unbelievable job to keep that zero on the board.

On being successful on the road
We just don’t give up. We’ll fight till the end. If you’re going to play the Sounders, you’re going to play us for 90 minutes. If you give up for a second we’re going to make you pay for it. We’re a good team with a lot of attacking power. I feel like our defense is really coming around. We put a lot of different lineups at the beginning [of the season]. Now, everybody is getting used to each other but the big thing is we fight for each other until the very end. We’re a very close team. A lot of these guys are like our brothers on the team. Nobody’s going to disrupt that. I know that when Clint and Obafemi Martins get back, they’re the frontrunners, this is their team, but hopefully what I’ve done so far will get me more minutes afterwards.

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei
On the result

We’ve done a good job getting wins on the road and we did that against a really good team, they’re first place in the East. It was a big one for us. Hopefully now we can continue on this good form.

On Chad Barrett’s performance
He’s done such a good job. He’s such a hard worker and a really good goal scorer and he’s shown that over these last couple of games. He’s taking his goals really well and obviously when we’re missing guys like Clint and Obafemi, guys of that quality, it’s a big hit but Chad’s done a great job replacing them on the field. He works so hard, and has shown his great quality for goals.

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