Not surprisingly, the Sounders are hoping their 3-0 win over Boca can carry over into league play, where goals -- and wins -- have been frustratingly hard to come by.
“Winning is winning,” said veteran defender Taylor Graham. “With winning comes confidence, and with scoring goals comes confidence. Coach (Sigi Schmid) was saying maybe we opened the floodgates in terms of scoring some goals.”
A few other reactions:
From Sigi Schmid:“It was great to see Seamon get his first goal on his first shot. That was rewarding. It was good to see Roger get a goal (after a) good free kick from Fredy Montero. And then our second goal, Noonan did some good individual work to put that one away. But we also created some chances. I think our shot-to-shots-on-goal ratio was better today. That’s something we’ve been concentrating on. I thought our spacing and our passing was good, and that’s something we’ve been concentrating on as well. So it was a happier day in Sounderland than it was on Saturday.”
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BOCA coach ROBERTO POMPEI"It was well-battled. Lots of opportunities back and forth. But in the second half, Boca didn’t play that well. In the second goal, it was decisive.
"The advantage of the Sounders team and the Sounders players is that the Sounders are right in the middle of the season, while we – our players – are already on vacation, already on a break, and the trips just before a game create an impact. Still, there are many players of very good level playing here."
MICHAEL SEAMONOn his goal:"I got a little bit of space. I was 20, 25-yards out and I just put the ball in front of me, perfect distance away and I just hit it right. ... Ten seconds of happiness, then all of a sudden I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve still got 20 minutes left and I’ve got to be running all over the place.’"
On pulling the trigger from long range"That’s no problem. When you get that much space, you have to let it go. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, when you get that much space, you’ve got to do it."
And a few other notes: The Sounders resume MLS play Saturday at Colorado. ... Central defender Osvaldo Alonso suffered a thigh injury in the 16th minute, and was replaced by Brad Evans. Schmid considers Alonso doubtful for Saturday. … Montero wore jersey No. 34 in honor of friend and teammate Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, who suffered what could be a season-ending knee injury last week. … The Sounders wore their “electricity” yellow alternate kits for the first time. “I’ve got no problem wearing those again,” Schmid said. “If we get three goals in them every game we’ll wear them every game, I don’t care how much the fine is from the league.”