Here's some of the Sounders' reaction to their 5-1 win over Atlanta tonight in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup:
JEFF PARKEOn his assist) I got lucky on it. I was going to volley it and then I see Rose lining it up, so I was like I'll give him the shot. It'd have to be a 1-in-a-100 shot for me to side volley it. I just took it off the chest and gave it too him. I thought he took too much time on it and then he poked it. It was a good goal for him. Congrats to Rose on his first.
(On if he thought about shooting) Yeah, oh yeah. I'm never in that position. I wanted to get a little greedy tonight, but he had a better look. He was coming onto it, so I wanted to give him at least a volley. That's what I thought he was going to do. That would've been a nice one. It was nice anyway.
On Atlanta coming out to play) They tried to open up and come at us. Our quality shined. Hats off to them; they come up here and tried to play instead of just sitting in and bunkering in. Maybe it's not the right call for them, but it was a good night for us.
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On goals following the first one) "Yeah. They kept opening themselves up left and right. There could've been more. We did well in finally getting some balls in behind and getting late runs in and guys had some great finishes tonight.
On starting the tournament well) You want to take the positives. We scored a lot of goals. Five goals is a good amount for us and you take that, but everything else you've got to throw out the door because it's a team that really wasn't as organized as they could be. We punished them when we had our chances.
Caskey's answer after Atlanta goal) It was nice because it takes the pressure off us and it definitely deflates them and totally switches the momentum again. Maybe they had a little bit, but the guy that scored had a great goal. I wasn't really thinking that they had any other chances tonight at all.
SAMMY OCHOAOn the Sounders in this competition) "We’ve won it three times in a row, so it’s pretty big. And for us, we take everything seriously."
On goals following the first one) We were just trying to play to zero in the back, and we knew that once we got one the rest were going to come.
On taking advantage of his opportunity) (Coach Sigi Schmid) told us this is opportunity week: If we don’t play today we’re going to play on Friday. But you know, if I play five minutes, two minutes, I take that as opportunity. We haven’t been doing well the last four games. But you know this game is going to help us out a lot.
On the team effort in the second half…) “It was that time. We knew they were going to come out strong in the second half, so we just came out with the same mentality we had at the end of the first half. We just came out and got a quick goal and we went from there.”
On his two goals tonight…) “Ozzie [Alonso] got the ball and I tried to stay onsides. I was onside and he played a great ball through and I got the shot off on time and away. The second goal I saw the ball come to me. [David] Estrada was one-on-one with a defender, the defender blocked him and the ball was coming at me and I decided to hit it with my left foot and it went in.”
On the atmosphere at Starfire Sports Complex…) “It was good. It was my first game here at Starfire and it’s a nice atmosphere. It’s great. It’s not like CenturyLink, but it’s a good atsmophere. It’s a good place to play.”
ALEX CASKEYLearning the importance of the Open Cup on this team)Yeah, for sure. Considering the legacy of winning three years in a row, it’s important to try to get that fourth one and do something that no one else has done before—four in a row. We’re all really motivated to go out there and get it.
On answering their goal) They got that goal against the run of play, and seeing some of the results from yesterday—teams went up and then let up a little bit and let the lower teams come back—it was lucky that we were able to score a couple right away and kind of demoralize them a little bit.
Midfielder Andy Rose On the result) “That was main thing we wanted – the past four games we haven’t been able to score first. So that was the main thing, get the first goal and then we knew that would open up gaps in the back and obviously we had some great gaps. Sammy comes in and he does a great job and scores two fantastic goals. The main thing we wanted to do was put on a good show for the fans and score some goals.”
On the goal he scored that started the Sounders’ run…) “I was lucky with the bounce. It was a good play from the corner kick. Jeff put it up perfectly for me and I was able to make it come back.”
On if he can feel the importance of these U.S. Open Cup matches…) “The atmosphere at Starfire [Sports Complex] is incredible and you really get pumped up with the fans on top of you like that. I still get goosebumps when I walk out at CenturyLink – it’s just incredible. Obviously, three times in a row [that the Sounders have won the U.S. Open Cup] you understand the importance of it and we’d love to go on and win a fourth.”