Here's some Sounders reaction to their 3-1 season-opening win against Toronto tonight:
Coach Sigi SchmidOn bouncing back from the 6-1 loss Wednesday at Santos: It’s good for us to get back on track. For us to regain our confidence as well, in ourselves. Obviously Toronto is moving on now to the semifinal round. It would have been nice if we could have moved on and played them as an opponent. It would have been a good series. It would have drawn great attendance. But I’m pleased with the character that we showed.
Estrada) Everybody thought maybe he was a bad draft choice. I felt that maybe if I could keep him around long enough, maybe eventually I’d get something out of him so I wouldn’t look so bad.
On his lineup changes: Fresher legs out there as well. We played a difficult game down there, and it was a difficult game for our defense, so we wanted to make a couple of changes, but we didn’t want to change too much. Ianni, I’ve always felt was a capable MLS center back, so we thought he was a choice. And Burch has trained well and played well in the reserve games that we’ve played, so we felt him coming on and his ability as well to hit balls in behind the defense was something that could help us in this game.
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Midfielder Brad Evans(On winning their first MLS game...) “It was great. A quick response to Wednesday--it was pretty embarrassing--so it’s good to come out and put in a quality showing. I thought we were more aggressive tonight. I think we can play with any team, but I think if we bring the aggressiveness that sometimes isn’t there, I think it puts us to the next level. I thought that was a key tonight. Obviously starting out with three points this year is big. All the points we can grab we gotta take, so this is a good result.”
(On moving forward...) “Now we forget about this and now we turn our focus to Friday night against a team that’s on a good roll. They have two wins now and found themselves in the final last year, so they’re going to be really good. They’ve got the same core that they’ve had the last three or four years, as well. It’s a good, organized tough team--good in the air, set pieces are going to be key, but possession is something that we’ve always been good at. We’ll watch tape and we’ll take each game in stride and we’ll try and get three points next week.”