Here was coach Sigi Schmid's opening statement after his club's come-from-behind 2-1 win over Chivas USA today at CenturyLink Field:
"Obviously I think sometimes when you have a win like we had down in LA you can pretty much stand on your head in the locker room before the game and the guys’ edge sometimes if off a little bit. Obviously we didn’t start off well. We put ourselves behind 1-0 – it was our first come-from-behind win all year. But then we showed some character in terms of coming back.
"Obviously Mauro didn’t play today because we didn’t want to take a chance with his quad. Tiffert had to come out: It was a little bit of an ankle that had been bothering him. And we don’t have Johansson, we don’t have Martinez, but we were still able to put a quality effort in there against a team that really has nothing to lose. They don’t have to play it tight. They can take risks and chances. So, I’m pleased with our ability to win, pleased with our ability to come back.
"As hot as Montero’s been he draws a lot of attention; that opens a lot of space for Eddie. He gets on two good headers: a free kick from Tiffert on the one, and on the other one just a tremendous cross from Fredy Montero, so it’s good to see them combine. So I’m very pleased."
More from Schmid:
On if he is happier with a come from behind win or a four-goal win like last time...) "I like them both. Four goals is a little better, a little easier on the heart and all that good stuff. Coming from behind is something that we haven't done this year and to show our character being able to do that. We left a little late, but that's important too because the team has to know that no matter how long it goes, we're always in it to win it." (On coming from behind for the first time this year...) "I think it's a little bit of a fluke statistic. Last year we put ourselves behind oftentimes and then came back and scored and won games. It's a little bit more because we had more offensive players on the field and we were a little exposed in the back. This year, we got off to a good start, we got early goals all the time, so we really didn't have to come from behind which is the ideal thing that you want to have as a coach. When we hit that bad streak, we came from behind to tied once or twice, but not to win. I think it's more fluke than anything else." (On the style of the game being different than it was in Los Angeles...) "Each game takes on its own personality. Obviously, they played a lot more defensive here. Even thought [Nick] LaBrocca got in and scored that goal early, they really did a job of getting eight guys behind the ball. They bunkered in, they dropped their two forwards, as well. They said, 'Okay, you can knock the ball around on your side of the field.' So now you have to breakdown a pack defense, and that's what teams do a lot to us here. Obviously, that's a situation where Mauro helps us because he has that ability to break down a team when they're bunkered in like that. We didn't do a good job of getting wide enough in the first half. If a team jumps in like that, getting behind them wide, drawing guys out and slipping in other people from behind is what opens things up. We were playing too many balls in front of their defense and weren't getting enough width, but they were a lot more defensive in their orientation today than they were in LA." (On the team's patience...) "I thought our patience at times was good. Sometimes I thought we were a little too patient, I think we could have seen some of those switching balls sooner. Steve Zakuani came inside an awful lot, so it was almost like Leo [Gonzalez] was on the flank more. I would have rather seen that reversed a little bit and seen Steve go at him. Right now, Steve is drifting inside, trying to find his rhythm of play again, so I'm not too displeased. We'll keep going, at times we have to be patient, but you want to have that possession in the middle third of the field-in the attacking middle third-so you can break them down. If your possession is just in your defensive third, then you're really not going to draw them out. You're not going to break them down." (On Eddie Johnson's header goals this year...) "It adds a dimension to our team. In year one we had a little bit of that in Nate Jaqua. Nate got a few goals with his head and provided that dimension for us. Since Nate, [Blaise] Nkufo was there, but Nkufo we didn't enough balls to him in the box and some of the running wan't there at times. We really haven't had that option in the box for a while. He's been very sharp in their air and I'll take them whether they're headers or they're off the foot or they could be off his chest-as long as it goes into the back of the net." (On Steve Zakuani, who started and played 74 minutes) "Having coached for a long time, when players come back from a long injury layoff like his, there's a little bit of a spike when you first come in, and then you hit a little bit of a valley again. That valley, I know is going to come...we have to get him through the valley and he'll be back into form. His best soccer is probably not until next season. His best, best soccer. It usually takes you about half the time you were out for you to find your best soccer again. Between a third to half the time. He still has a huge upside and he's got a lot of capabilities, and when he broke in the second half there, it was very close to a goal. [Dan] Kennedy did a good job coming off the line and cutting the angle."