Here's some more of what the Sounders had to say today after their 2-2 draw in Vancouver (with Fredy Montero's tying goal above):
Coach SIGI SCHMIDOn the end) We almost had one there with Zach Scott at the very end. Obviously when they went up 2-1 they thought they pretty much had it, and Fredy Montero scores a great goal off Eddie Johnson’s flick and then Zack has a good look at that header. … These are what derby games are all about. I think this was a great game for the fans.
On combining Rosales, Montero, Johnson and Fernandez) It’s still a little bit disjointed. I think Mauro is still not playing his best right now. But I know it will come. And Flaco, this was his first start in a long time, so I think his rhythm and his timing is going to come as well. It’s a matter of us understanding how to put those four guys on the field together. I thought in the second half, when we made that change of letting Fredy play behind and letting Fredy play solo as the sole striker up front, I think the four combined a lot better.
On the Cascadia Cup) These games are very emotional games. The home team gets their crowd behind them and sometimes goes a little more forward and if you leave a little bit of space Montero can exploit that.
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On what changed: It was better in the second half for sure. I still don’t think we’re sharp, per se. We’re missing a lot of defenders. Guys are out injured right now: Leo Gonzalez and Ianni. I think Marc Burch is pretty tired, so I think our passing out of the back wasn’t’ as good as I would like it to be. But in terms of the front four, I thought it was much better in the second half. Obviously Evans in there helps us as well, if he’s in there. But I thought the front four was much better in the second half.
It’s sort of a work in progress. We haven’t had those four guys on the field yet this year. It’s like you sort of think it might look like this. But when you get them out there, it doesn’t look like that, so you’ve got to tweak it and you’ve got to adjust it a little bit. And I”ve always been a coach thtat it’s not about you’ve got to play my system. It’s about, let’s create something that allows you to take advantage of your talents. That’s why we made the change at halftime because we said ‘This ain’t working,” because we almost had like four guys up in a line in the first half, and that wasn’t being successful. And then once we droped Fredy in, then the combinations were there, Fredy opened up. He had some good looks. He had the shot where Cannon makes the save: It was a tremendous hit. So that arrangement of those four was much better in the second half.
MAURO ROSALESOn the weak first half) I think the mentality. I think we didn’t come enough stronger to play this kind of game. We were talking at halftime that it was not enough what we do in the first half. In the second half, we pushed a little bit more. We control more of the ball, we have more possession, and this I think was more of the point. I think it was a good game, a tough game; and the last part we had the best chances to win it.
On teamwork with himself, Montero, Johnson and Flaco) This is what we are working for. But still, Flaco just played with us one training before this game and we need more time to figure out each of us – me and Fredy, Eddie and Flaco. With Fredy and Flaco, we know each other, but we have to try to understand Eddie and how is the way he feels better with the ball. He’s doing a very good job and then it’s easier to build a tough team for the season.
EDDIE JOHNSONOn the game) We could have went one of two ways, and we went the right way. We didn’t give up and didn’t put our heads down, moaning and stuff and pointing fingers. The most important thing is we know we’re a team that can create opportunities and we believe in our abilities. ... Credit to Fredy on the last goal. It was pretty special play by him.
On his goal) It was a good build up. Whenever the ball goes out wide to Mauro, it’s just try to get in the box and get in between the two center backs. I think for the first time tonight I was free on a goal where I wasn’t battling one of the defenders. It was a well-crossed ball. I think him and I are beginning to develop a little partnership. I think … he’s assisted two (of my three goals), both coming from the right side. Whenever the ball gets out wide to Mauro, we know he’ll pass the ball and we just try to do what us forwards get paid to do is score goals when the ball comes in.
On his combination with Rosales, Flaco and Montero) It’s coming. It’s not coming as fast as we thought it would be. We’ve had some injuries. Guys haven’t been able to play on a consistent basis together. But like I said, we know Flaco isn’t 100 percent fitness-wise, but we know what he brings to the table. Whoever Sigi puts on the field, we’ve got each other’s back 100 percent.
On the result) Massive, massive point today. For a player, in these rivalry games, you don’t know how much that means to our fans to leave with something. They drove all the way up here and came out to support us, it would be sad to go back with nothing. I think having them there the whole game, rooting us on, I think we pulled it off for them.
BRYAN MEREDITHOn the Whitecaps) They’re a good team, especially going forward. Very dynamic. Very good going forward. I think we did well in the back. Gave away a few fouls that we wish we didn’t. I think we did well in the back, we just unfortunately gave two goals.
On Vancouver's first goal) Mauro got stuck up a bit high, Adam got beat down the line, and he just cut the ball inside. I don’t know really what it was, but instead of having everybody shift over, we just kind of hung out inside and it was a good finish.
FREDY MONTEROOn his goal) It was a header to me by Eddie Johnson. I just take one (touch) and tried to put the ball on the far post. It was good.
On Cascadia Cup) It’s always good to have goals in those kind of games. I’m really happy about that. It’s always good to get points away.
On the second half improvement) We knew we were better than we showed the first half. This is OK. After the start of the second half we had opportunities to tie the game. … It is going to be a long, long season, so we just need to get pretty good for what we need to do. I’m happy because Eddie Johnson scored a goal, Mauro throw the ball and I had the opportunity to score again.
If the club was flat) I don’t want to say flat, but goals change the game. We had the opportunity to score really early in the second half. It was like the beginning to start playing a little better. I don’t want to say we played well, but always when you get points away really it is good for the team.