Here's some reaction from the Sounders after their 3-1 win over Vancouver tonight, which earned them the 2011 Cascadia Cup.
Coach SIGI SCHMIDOverivew: It was a hard-fought game. I thought Vancouver played very well: came out and played with a lot of energy. Definitely kept us back on our heels. Created some good chances and got on top. After that I thought we caught a little bit of better rhythm. In the last 20 minutes of the first half I thought we started to find our game a little. And then in the second half I thought we found our game a little bit more beyond. It was definitely a hard-fought game tonight. It wasn’t simple, and hats off to Vancouver: I thought they played very well.
On the atmosphere) I thought we had more than our allotted 500 here. I thought the Soudners fans were great in terms of their support. It’s just a great feeling being able to hold the cup up in front of them and having them be so involved. I’m sure they’ll be quite a few – I don’t know what the top-of-the-line beverage is here in Vancouver – but I’m sure it will be filling the cup tonight.
On Kasey Keller, who had six saves) He kept us in the game when they broke through. He couldn’t do much against the goal. … He came up big for us tonight again.
FREDY MONTEROOn his two goals) Thanks to God for the goals. I feel blessed because I don’t do that without God.
On the second goal, which deflected off defender Jay DeMerit) The second one I have a little luck. I shoot it, and I caught the defender with the ball on his feet and it was into the net.
BRAD EVANSOn his equalizing penalty kick) It was an important time to get a goal. … I just went bottom-right. I saw Joe go to the sideline before. I think he was asking which way I go. I’ve gone right, I’ve gone left. I just stuck with the way I always go and put the ball in the back of the net.
On Keller) He yells at us and screams at us, but we want nobody else behind us, because when the game asks for that one or two saves to keep us in it, he’s come up huge on so many occasions.