After falling two goals behind on aggregate, Seattle stormed back with three highlight-reel goals: defender DeAndre Yedlin from 28 yards, defender Djimi Traore from 30 yards, and forward Eddie Johnson threading the needle from a tight angle. (Traore's was highlighted on the SportsCenter Top Ten.)
Here's some of what they had to say about those moments of brilliance (game highlights here):
Coach SIGI SCHMID:On the goals) “Obviously DeAndre’s goal was fairly early in the half…it was about 10 minutes in. that I think helped turn it for us, and then Djimi’s goal was such a fantastic goal. That’s the type of goal that gives a shot of adrenaline to everyone on the field. Then we were able to maintain pressure. We came close a couple of times. Sammy [Ochoa] blocked maybe a second goal by DeAndre, but we were able to keep the pressure up.” TRAORE:On the last time he scored a goal like that) "I was young. Maybe like 20 years ago now.”
On when he knew he was going to take the shot) "When I saw the space in front of me and I saw nobody coming to close me down. I tried and it worked. If you never try then you are never going to score goals." On Yedlin’s goal) "It was good, especially for him. He is a great young kid with great character and it was great for his career. That is something that he will probably never forget."
JOHNSONOn how his goal developed) “Steve (Zakuani) had the ball out wide and Sigi got on us at halftime for playing everything in front of them and not stretching the game. When Steve gets the ball he draws so much attention and it makes my runs a lot easier. It’s just the awareness of playing with each other, me trying to find him and him finding me. It was a well-weighted ball and the way he played the ball I knew I already had a step on my defender and I tried to touch it across cut his angle off and if he touched me in the box I would go down for a PK. In the first half I got in the same position and I tried to shoot it across to the back post. I looked at the replay and saw he leans and cheats a little bit. I was able to sneak it in near past.”
YEDLINOn his goal) "I saw the ball floating up and I just tried to get the right timing on it. Luckily I got a good hit and it took a deflection and went in."
On if he considered taking a touch before shooting) "I was a bit hesitant at first because I did not see that many guys coming out towards me. I figured I could take a touch, but then I saw a guy coming out towards me so I thought the safest thing to do was just hit it." Goalkeeper MICHAEL GSPURNINGOn defenders scoring goals) "Amazing. I think the last time Djimi said he scored a goal like this was with his youth team. I am very happy for him and for my defenders, because they made great shots and they get to enjoy the spotlight of scoring goals. The goal for DeAndre was fantastic and I am also happy for Eddie because he scored for the first time this year. It was a very good statement in a very important game.”