A few more quotes from inside the winning locker room:
SIGI SCHMIDOn his shorthanded strategy) We subbed in Zach Scott, and we moved into a 4-4-1. Then we brought in Alvaro (Fernandez) and we told him to tell Freddy just to drop back … and not to pressure their center backs, just to let their center backs have the ball. … We told both (Erik) Friberg and Alvaro when they went into the game, ‘We’re looking to get corners, we’re looking to get free kicks, we’re looking to get set pieces. Take your time. Each one of those is an opportunity.’
On wearing shale kits) "We were asked to wear the shale tonight, so we decided to wear the shale. We’ve only worn it once before, in Columbus. I don’t know, maybe it’s to help sales, I don’t know. They asked us to wear shale, so I didn’t have a problem with it."
MAURO ROSALES, who Schmid called the man of the matchOn the game) For us, to get three points away is very important. We worked very hard because we lost a man in the second half. I think we deserve it because of how we work for the last 45 minutes. We run a lot. We deserve it and we are very happy about that.
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On Montero's breakout goal) This is why everybody (congratulated) him. He also deserved it. He’s working a lot for the team. Sometimes he doesn’t score, but he’s working hard for the team. The top scorer has to make goals, otherwise his work nobody can see. Now he’s proved he’s a very good player. Now he has to enjoy it and be calm for the next one.
On Schmid calling him the man of match) I have to run because I was in the middle without company. In the last part I was very tired, but everybody makes 10 percent more effort when we lost a guy like Kennedy.
FREDY MONTEROOn if this goal could lead to a flurry of others) Sure. That’s what I’m thinking right now. After you score this goal you have to believe in what you do, your job with the team, and score more goals and you can win more games.
On the long flight home) We have time to sleep and dream about this game.
KASEY KELLERI’m trying to remember if I ever was in a situation where we ended up winning a game from a man down. We’ve held onto games obviously, but actually winning: It’s a little special. A lot of credit. The guys played well.
MIKE FUCITOOn his near-miss in the second minute: I struck it well, I just pulled it a little bit. I knew I wanted to go to that far post. I didn’t want to hit the post, but if that’s an inch to the left maybe that’s in.