Here's some postgame reaction from both coaches after Seattle's 3-1 win over Marathon of Honduras.
Sounders coach SIGI SCHMIDOn the game: "Obviously we're happy with the win. We're happy to have gone through our group play undefeated. It was a good situation tonight in terms of that we were able to play a lot of players. We wanted to stay somewhat solid in the back, and with the injuries that we have in back we decided we could get 45 minutes out of [Jeff] Parke and 45 minutes out of [Marc] Burch, and share that responsibility a little bit. I think that helped us, as well, tonight, so I'm proud and pleased and happy that we won the group and put ourselves into the top four seedings."
On the play of Sammy Ochoa: "He got a good goal. I think he's been sharper at times than he was tonight a little bit. He scored a good goal, it was a good combination-unusual maybe to see Mario [Martinez] hitting a right-footed cross that he got in. He got in there, he got good position, and he finished it well. I think that's his fourth goal, so I think he's got to be near the top of goal scorers right now in Champions League, so he's going to want to play in the other Champions League games."
On Ochoa's success in Champions League: "It was a good opportunity for him to get back out there and play. Having played in Mexico for those years, for him to do well in this competition I'm sure that's something he's very proud of because he knows the people he played with and the teams he played with notice and keep track of this competition."
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On the team's performance in Champions League group stage: "I read Brad [Evans] saying something in an article saying every year we learn from the year past. I think the team's gotten more mature, a little more cold-blooded at times, at the right times. We did a good job last year in terms of our away games, making sure we got points there, we continued to do that this year. I just think the team has done a better job managing the games than they have in years past."
Marathon coach MANUEL KEOSSEIANOpening statement: "First I'd like to salute the team for this league and for qualifying, going to the next round and what's coming next. About the match itself, it was very effective. They didn't come many times, but when they come they come, they were effective."
On the fact that this game didn't really have any meaning for them knowing that they were eliminated: "Yes that was a factor. We knew that we were already eliminated, but we wanted to play a very honorable game. On Sunday we have a very important game in the league for qualifying, but we're professionals and we wanted to play respectfully with intensity and we came here for that."
On if he left some of the players back for a reason: "Yes we knew that we had no chance to qualify here so we wanted to preserve some guys, they stayed behind training. We came here respectfully, but aware that we didn't have the chances to qualify and needed to think ahead about this local game that is worth qualification in the league."
On if it is difficult, how difficult is it to travel and play in the United States: "No. we've had opportunities like this and came abroad and won, and qualified a couple of times. But that was a different Marathon, a much stronger Marathon. Now we're in this transition, and there is not that same power as in the past."