Obviously there were a couple of issues at play tonight: the Sounders 3-0 win over FC Dallas, and the announced signing of designated player Clint Dempsey.
I'll have more on the Sounders reaction to the signing in a new post above. But here, club reaction (and notes) from the game:
Coach SIGI SCHMIDOn the game…) “Obviously happy with the score line, obviously happy that we got a shutout. I thought we played very well in the first half, got on top of the game with two-nothing lead. The last time we did that they came back and equalized the game, so we wanted to make sure we didn’t let them back into the game. Second half—the tempo slowed down a little bit, but even then I thought we had some good opportunities to score some goals, and then the penalty at the end was just icing on the cake. ... Our team tonight went out there and showed that we could play. Tonight I think we set a record for games undefeated at home—consecutive games undefeated at home. That’s something that is really helped us—our home form so far. Being able to score from different places on the field, getting Oba [Martins] on the sore line, getting Eddie [Johnson], and Lamar [Neagle] getting taken down for that PK. We’ve got to continue to be dangerous from numerous sources.” On the combination of Martins, Johnson, and Neagle: “I thought tonight was their best game together as a group of three, for sure. Especially against a team like Dallas, which plays really a five-man midfield when you look at it, and one up top, so you’re always short somebody there. Ozzie [Alonso] and [Brad] Evans did a good job of taking care of the more attacking guys and there were times where Oba took turns, Neagle and Eddie sometimes took turns dealing with the guy who went deep. From a defensive standpoint they did a good job and offensively, I thought they were all on the ball. They all played roles in the attack, they found each other, they combined with each other.” Midfielder BRAD EVANSOn the game feeling like an extended celebration: Yeah absolutely. You always want to put in a good performance when you sign a big name player and know that everybody’s putting in the work though. Nobody wants their spot to be taken on the field but I think it was a reward for the fans. They came out early; they wanted to see the big presentation and we got on them early tonight. But in this league it’s very difficult to dominated a team for 90 minutes, especially a team like that where they’re going to have a good amount of the ball when they play a 4-5-1 or maybe a switch to a 3-5-2 in the second half a little bit so they’re going to have bouts with the ball but the icing on the cake with the goal at the end kind of completed the night. Forward OBAFEMI MARTINS On getting the early goal: We just scored; we had the chance and we scored which is good for us. I think the early goal is very important that was scored today and we kept going in the first half and Eddie scored a good goal as well so we played well. On the defense: I think we held the defense very well today and we deserved to win. We really tried our best not to let in a goal, which we didn’t. It was a good job. On feeling in the locker room before a home game: I think we just play our normal game. We don’t want to think too much about how we never lose at home. We just keep going and all of a sudden we won today again which is a great three points for us. We’ll continue to win and it’s not only home games; we need away games to get points as well.
POSTGAME NOTES• Sounders FC set the club record at nine games (6-0-3) unbeaten at home, which is one game from matching the record in MLS this season. • Seattle extended its unbeaten streak when scoring first to 41 games (33-0-8), the second-longest streak in league history (New York – 58 games). • Seattle extended its unbeaten streak against FC Dallas to six games (5-0-1), bringing the all-time series record to 6-1-4. • Marcus Hahnemann made his first MLS appearance for Sounders FC. Hahnemann now holds the record for longest lapse in MLS appearances at 14 years, 1 month and 8 days. The previous record was Carlos Bocanegra (9 years, 8 months and 29 days). • Obafemi Martins scored his team-high seventh league goal, ranking seventh in MLS. He has one goal and two assist in the last two games. Martins has scored four game-winning goals and two game-winning assists this season.
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• Eddie Johnson scored his fifth league goal, matching Lamar Neagle for the second-most goals on Sounders FC. It marked Johnson’s third goal against FC Dallas in two games this season, and the 60th of his career, becoming the eighth active player to score 60 or more goals in MLS. • Mauro Rosales recorded his team-high fifth assist of the season. Rosales has recorded one assist in each of the past two games. • Brad Evans recorded his fourth assist of the season, ranking second on Sounders FC. Evans now has one goal and one assist in the past two games. Evans now has 20 goals and 20 assists in his MLS career.