Here's some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after moving on to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals with a 5-0 win over Cal FC.
Defender ZACH SCOTTOn the game and Cal FC) "You can tell they're skilled players. We've seen a lot of them in camp with us. Obviously there were a couple guys drafted by MLS teams before. We knew they were going to bring their very best. In the first half you definitely saw it. It took us a while to kind crack them, but once we did it just kind of flowed in after that."
On how Seattle turned it around in the second half...) "Definitley superior fitness in the second half-we just wore them down. It was nice to get the first one and a couple more really quickly after that, and it just broke them after that."
On how the first goal opened things up...) "That's really what we were looking for was getting, hopefully, an early one -- that didn't happen -- but we knew once we got one that other ones would come."
Forward FREDY MONTEROOn the game...) "When you win a game five-zero, obviously you're very happy about that. Obviously, I had fun out there. It's always fun when you score goals."
On his free kick goal...) "The longest decision ever after I scored a goal. This is okay. I think the referee made a good call. It was a goal and it was hard."
On his success in the U.S. Open Cup...) "It doesn't matter. I don't choose any games, any tournament...I just jump into a field and I just want to do my best."
On why they couldn't score in the first half...) "They were doing a great job defending. They held the ball and they got very good chances to score. Luckily for us, the next half we could score goals. [We were just] waiting for a score. Luckily for us, it was a penalty. We knew the difference [would be whoever] made the first goal. After the first goal we got the opportunity to keep scoring more and more."
Midfielder OSVALDO ALONSO (answers through a translator ... except the last one)On the win and the penalty kick goal...) "I'm happy for the win and happy to have the opportunity to score the first goal. I think that helped out the rest of our game."
On what prevented the team from scoring before he converted the penalty kick) "The first half was difficult because they were very strong in their defense, but in the second half we entered the field feeling happy and positive about the fact that if we score the first goal the next goal and the next goal and the next goal were going to come."
On how it was determined that he was to take the penalty kick) "The coach determined that before the game. He says who is going to kick the penalty."
On if his second goal was the best goal he's ever scored) "Yep."