Here's some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their 4-1 win over Chivas USA moved them on to the U.S. Open Cup final next month:
Sounders coach SIGI SCHMIDOn what worked tonight) "It was a great first goal. Ozzie [Osvaldo Alonso] led the ball - Fredy Montero actually made a good run where he pulled off the front line and that opened up the lane for Eddie Johnson to run through and then a great ball from Ozzie, a great run from Eddie. That worked really well for us. I thought Eddie and Montero were dangerous together as a pair. Fredy was running balls tonight and set up Brad [Evans] on the goal as well, so I'm really pleased with his effort. I thought the two forwards were really dangerous. Ozzie and [Andy] Rose I thought did a really good job of holding down the middle in midfield. After the first 15-20 minutes I thought we settled into the game and we played well."
On if they were able to take advantage of the high line throughout the game) "Yeah, we wanted them to play through the middle of the back a little bit and we felt that we could get behind them. We had enough space, obviously we showed that at times. But we were able to get behind them - [Cordell] Cato was able to get behind them and stretch them on the right side as well and that opened the game up for us."
On Chivas' goal) "I wasn't happy with their goal. It's one of those things where we sort of dozed off a little bit and didn't play the ball. We still have to manage the game a little bit better. It was good to get a goal right away from a good combination from Fredy Montero and [Brad] Evans. If you figure out minutes played, if I play [Sammy] Ochoa 90 minutes he'll score like 100 goals."
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Midfielder OSVALDO ALONSOOn Chivas USA) "Chivas is a great team. They came here and played a hard game. They played with passion. We did a good job. We pushed the ball, we scored goals and we were fortunate to get the win."
Midfielder BRAD EVANSOn scoring after their goal) It’s really important to kind of ice the game a little bit. Their heads went down a little bit; it’s an uphill battle from that point. We kind of gave them life, a couple of missed tackles, but to put the icing on it with my goal and then Sammy’s as well is just a good feeling.
Forward EDDIE JOHNSONOn his recent play) "It's a team sport. I get pushed by these guys week in and week out. The team has been patient with me, the organization has been patient with me, and the players. It's frustrating when you don't have a preseason with the team and it's hard to get going from the beginning. My coaching staff believed in me, my teammates believed in me, and with that confidence everyone has in me it's easy to when you're out there on the field to just work hard...and put yourself in good positioning as a forward and just trying to get on the end of things. You know with forwards, the goals come in waves. Right now I'm trying to ride this wave, trying to keep my head down, and just trying to focus really. Just taking it one game at a time...The most important thing is being consistent and taking it one day at a time. You know it's a long season, you know you're going to have opportunities to score goals."