Sounders captain Brad Evans had some interesting things to say today about the mindset of the club now and last season.
“I don’t think players were in the right mindset last year,” he said. “We had a lot of rotation last year. We had a little bit of commiserating in the locker room when things weren’t going well, and this year’s a lot different. I think that we’ve stuck together as a team. And we know that now there’s a final tournament at the end of the year. We’ve achieved to trophies so far, which I think is phenomenal. I think we’re coming into the playoffs different than we were last year. … But last year at this point in the season I was saying the exact same thing: ‘We’ve got a big one this weekend.’ The matter of fact is tomorrow’s a big one, and that’s it.”
On if the team is more relaxed: There’s a little more calm around as opposed to last year. Last year we were going in and we hadn’t won for eight games or whatever. Then a played a team in Portland that was flying at that point.
On the team being hungry: I think we’ve achieved a lot this year, but think the guys are still hungry. … That’s a mindset that we’ve got to keep going. If we want to achieve something that a team’s never done it starts tomorrow.