Real Salt Lake had a lot of good things to say about the Sounders and their fans tonight after the 1-0 win over Sounders FC. Here's some of what they had to say.
Coach JASON KREIS(On the match...) “It was a mature performance, they were ready from the first minute. I thought we started out incredibly well over the first ten minutes and then things went completely the other way and Seattle put us under for the next 15-20. Our guys held their composure and didn’t let it rattle them and in the end got what I think they deserved which was a win.” (On the atmosphere...) “My hat off to this organization and fan group. No question in my mind, the best place to play MLS games. It creates a tremendous atmosphere, a very good atmosphere, but credit to our guys they always get up to play quality opponents at quality venues. Seattle represents both.” (On Espindola’s Goal...) Very well taken goal. A little fortunate with the bounce between Clark’s legs. He took it really well and quicker than Meredith was expecting him to shoot.” (On Espindola coming back after sitting out Wednesday...) “He had a child last Friday and actually wasn’t at training because he was at the hospital. I made the decision to play him Saturday night which isn’t typical but knowing how special those days can be I thought it could be a really special night for him. It ended out that we had to take him out because of an ejection, tactical substitution, and we gave him a few nights rest he didn’t even travel to Chicago. I thought he was spectacular tonight.” (On the Sounders not having a shot on goal...) “I looked at the stats sheet and saw it... but it didn’t feel that way. It felt like we were under the gun for a long time during the first half and especially during a stretch at the end. I think that’s a bit of an anomaly, that stat.” (On Real Salt Lake Forward Chris Schuler coming in at the 30’ minute...) “Absolutely fantastic, that is not an easy thing to do. Number one, you’re not properly warmed up. Number two, everyone else out there is already flying. Number three, it’s not your natural position. Huge credit to Chris and another representation of how mentally strong he is.”
Defender NAT BORCHERS On keeping Forwards Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero in check...) “[We had to] make sure we kept as high line as possible without letting them getting behind us. We had to make sure we kept the space compact in front of us. In the first half I don’t think we did a good job at making that space compact but in the second half we did a great job.” (On a rivalry atmosphere...) “To be honest whenever you play a good team like Seattle who are at the top of the standings like we are we’re always going to take the team seriously. There’s definitely some heated moments between their guys and our guys and that’s just how it’s going to be when you have two good teams out there.” (On Real Salt Lake’s Fabian Espindola’s goal...) It’s so big, I’m so happy for him. He got the night off on Wednesday and came out sharp tonight, buried one. That’s what we want to see out of our strikers, playing with confidence, it’s so dangerous.” Forward FABIAN ESPONDOLA (On the goal...) “It was a good combination between Luis [Gill], [Alvaro] Saborio and me. Sabo trying to hold the ball then Luis putting it over the defenders and I finished after that.” (On the goal being for his newborn son...) “Of course [it was for him]. I’m so happy about that.” “Every goal is going to be for him now.” (On the result...) “They are a good team but I think we played good soccer. We defended our goals after that.” (On the crowd playing a factor...) “I am used to it. It’s always nice to play against a lot of people, you know. I don’t think that affected us much. For me, no, it wasn’t a big deal.” (On being back with the team after taking a break...) “It feels great to be back, I was cheering my team you know I always want to play. It was good to be with my wife and son. Good to be back and score again too.”