You may recall that last week I included a video of coach Sigi Schmid's postgame overview statement. Unfortunately, I botched the taping tonight. I hope to get back to that after each home game. But for tonight, here's the transcript of what Schmid had to say:
“They’re a very good team. I think everyone can see that. They were obviously in midseason form, sharpness and so-forth. So I was really proud of what we did. Getting the early goal was important. It was a good goal by David Estrada, a great ball by Fredy Montero. Being able to score right after they equalized was certainly important to us and to walk away with a victory tonight was important because it means next week they have to beat us. A tie [next week] isn’t going to be good enough [for Santos] and we always feel very good about going on the road, feel confident and it puts us a week more into our season.”
On how he feels Sounders FC came out against a team nine games into its league season) “We came out OK. It was an interesting beginning today to the game because there was the accident that occurred on I-90 and we had like five [four] players stuck on the wrong side of that accident. So we were nip and tuck going in, we were nip and tuck on, ‘Are we going to have to change the lineup?’, ‘Are they going to get here on time?’ So some guys got short-changed on their warm-up time a little bit, but as we always say whatever the obstacles are we’re just going to deal with them and we deal with the adversity and we move on. So as a result I think most of the guys were OK with it. I think it did affect one or two of the players where they were still a little distraught over what had happened. I thought we came out and we were sharp, we had some good combinations early on in the game. Mauro Rosales – he was very dangerous in the early parts of the game. I thought him and [Adam] Johansson combined well on that right-hand side. I thought David Estrada did a lot of work and opened up a lot of spaces for us. I was pleased with what we did early on.”
On getting the lead back shortly after Santos equalized) “Well, thanks to Brad’s broad shoulders…was that a header or a shoulder? All I know is that it went in and it went over [Oswaldo] Sanchez. It’s something, it’s a character that we displayed last year and it’s a character that still sits within this team and the desire to do well sits within this team. I said before the game that for us a large part of tonight is going to be about our mentality because we weren’t going to be as sharp as them and I think our mentality showed through. It showed through by scoring right after they scored. It also showed through that overall I thought we were a little bit better organized defensively in the second half and it showed through by us being able to match it through the end of the game.”
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On matching Santos' physicality) “You have to. You’re committed into the game and it’s going to be passionate. You’ve got to be smart. You don’t want to get anything stupid, you don’t want to get any dumb yellow cards and you don’t want to let them take you out of your game. That’s an important aspect of it, but certainly you have to let them know that we’re here to compete as well. Again, they’re a good team. They’re a proud team and they’re going to compete. We need to make sure that we compete equally as hard.”
On how much the players were delayed getting to the stadium because of the traffic on I-90) “They got into the locker room just about the time that we were supposed to get on the field to warm up – about 6:30 p.m., or 6:25 p.m., something like that. One player was even about four minutes later than that. So normally where you get in the locker room and you can relax a little bit, you can take your time, you can walk around, get some water – a lot of those guys didn’t hydrate the way they normally do before a game, etcetera. It just changed our routine, but we got through it.”