The buzz after Seattle's penalty-kick win over Portland was as upbeat as you might expect.
A few stats:
Sounders won on PKS, 4-3, with Sturgis, Zakuani, Montero and Scott converting. Patrick Ianni had a chance to win it in the fourth frame, but hit the crossbar. The Timbers put everything on frame, but Keller got to two of them.
The Sounders will visit Los Angeles for a regular-season MLS game Sunday and then host the Galaxy Wednesday at Starfire in the Open Cup quarterfinals. Ticket information for that game is listed in a post below.
Meanwhile, tonight's 7:30 start, the overtime and the PKs didn't allow me to get as many Sounders postgame quotes as usual. Here are a few of their reactions:
ZACH SCOTT on the winning kick: “It’s still butterflies going up there, but it’s a good feeling. I’m just trying to concentrate on repetition. That’s really what PKs are: Just do the same thing every time you’re up there. I knew where I wanted to go the whole time. It was just a matter of following through.”
GM ADRIAN HANAUER on the sellout crowd of 15,422.“These fans, tough somewhat a bit R-rated, are phenomenal. It’s going to make for one of the best rivalries in sports.”
HANAUER on the result: I try not to get too high with the high or low with the lows. It's a win in the round of 16 in the U.S. Open Cup. It gets us into the quarterfinals, which is great. Obviously now it's behind us and now we move on to a big road game in LA and then a return trip to Starfire to play the Galaxy again. But certainly losing can become a habit and winning can become a habit. So, I'd rather build on the habit of winning than losing, that's for sure."
NATE JAQUA on his goal: “I think Montano played a real good ball in and Sanna spotted me and was kind of able to cut it back. It was a little far, but he was able to cut it back right on my head and I was able to put it by Cronin.”
JAQUA on his first start of the season: "I still have to get my fitness back, but it was fun being out there and fun mixing it up and playing. I still have to get where I want to get. I'm still not there yet, but I think it was a good step in the right direction."