Here's the opening statement from Sounders coach Sigi Schmid after tonight's 2-0 win over Houston:
"Over the course of the season you have to win games different ways. Today was a little more one of those games where you’ve just got to role up your sleeves and you’ve got to battle and persevere. I thought Houston played very well at times and had control of the game at certain times. But I thought we showed a very good resiliency. We scored to very timely goals – the goal, and the PK, which I thought was a PK – and in the second half I thought we held our own. We should have maybe gotten a third through Roger. But I was very pleased with the way our team came in and battled and the character they showed today."
More from Schmid:
(On lineup choices...)"Well, obviously we thought Zach Scott was a good choice at right back because he's going to win those aerial duels and those battles and I think he helped us defensively, for sure. Roger [Levesque] is never going to short you on work-rate. We maybe weren't as creative on the right-hand side as we are at times, for sure. But I thought both of the guys did what they needed to do in terms of the effort they put in. I thought they did a good job of bottling up [Houston midfielder] Brad Davis. I didn't think you saw a whole lot of Brad Davis. In fact, you saw more of maybe [Houston defender] Corey Ashe coming forward. That's because we concentrated on Brad. That was really a responsibility of Zach and Roger and I thought they did a good job there." (On starting Patrick Ianni for the second straight game...)"Again, sometimes you don't want to change a winning team. We won last week 3-1, defensively we did all right. It's Patrick's old team, so you're always a little more motivated, a little more geared up to play your old team. He knows [Houston forward Brian] Ching - he's trained against him on a daily basis for a lot of years. So we felt that familiarity and based upon the fact that we got a good result last week we didn't want to change the middle pair." (On if Jeff Parke is healthy...)"Parke is healthy. He's ready to go." (On earning a shutout victory...)"You always want to get shutouts. We talk about it. We talk about making sure we don't allow anything because we always feel confident that we're going to be able to score a goal. But it's not like, 'shutout-or-bust'. It's not that kind of an attitude." (On the continuity of play...)"I thought it was a little disjointed at times. I thought at times we had some good combinations. I thought [Marc] Burch did a very good job in the first half of playing some balls down the line. We were trying to get behind him and I thought we did that well in the first half - there were a lot of good balls that he played. But at times it was a little bit disjointed. Part of that is also the way Houston plays and the pressure they put on you. They're always coming at you and trying to get a piece of the ball." (On the continuity between the goalkeeper and the defense...) "Obviously every time you get a shutout it's everybody. It's David Estrada chasing back at times, it's Roger [Levesque] pinching in, [Alvaro Fernandez] Flaco I thought helped out as well defensively and did a good job of making sure [Houston defender Andre] Hainault didn't get forward, but you look at it now and if you include the Santos game we've played seven different guys in the back. But I feel confident in all of those guys and their defending. Michael [Gspurning] knows them and he's played behind them, so it doesn't make that much of a difference as to who's playing. I think they have a good understanding of each other." (On if he will stick with Roger Levesque in the starting lineup at midfielder...)"We'll see. We've got to see how guys recover from injuries right now, where we're at, how the matchups look for us. As we play San Jose we'll take a look." (On Mauro Rosales' status...) "He's already started jogging at this point, so it's a matter of we see how he does day-to-day. He did some good work yesterday, did a little bit today and we'll see."