Here's coach Sigi Schmid's opening statement after the Sounders' 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake tonight:
"Obviously we’re pleased with the result. I thought we came out and played very well the first 15 or 20 minutes of the game, which was one of the things we talked about: come out with good energy and enthusiasm and carrying the game to them. We got the early goal, as well. I thought we were a little unfortunate not to get a few more goals in the first half and the second half with some of the breakaways that we had. I think we bent, but we didn’t give up a whole lot of chances to them, or things that were clean or clearcut. I was very pleased with our team’s effort and our performance today. We’ve kept climbing, kept climbing, and now we’re in first place, and now we’ve got to make sure we stay there and enjoy the view a little bit."
Below, some notes from the club:
• Sounders FC leads MLS with 49 points, overtaking Real Salt Lake for the top spot in the race for the 2013 Supporters’ Shield. Seattle also leads the league in wins (15) and points per game (1.81). • Seattle’s five straight wins is the longest winning streak in MLS this season and tied for the longest winning streak in club history. Sounders FC is the only team with eight wins in the past nine games. • Sounders FC extended its club record home unbeaten streak to 13 games (10-0-3), matching the San Jose Earthquakes for the longest streak this season. Seattle’s 33 home points ranks second in club history and the +17 home goal differential is the top mark with three home games remaining. • Sounders FC is unbeaten in 46 (38-0-8) straight games when scoring first, the longest active unbeaten streak in MLS and second-longest in league history (New York – 56). • Seattle is unbeaten in 10 (8-0-2) all-time games played in front of over 40,000 fans, outscoring opponents 23-7. The club has won all six matches played in front of over 55,000 fans, outscoring opponents 14-1. • Obafemi Martins scored his eighth goal of the season, tied for the team-lead. Martins co-leads the league with five game-winning goals, matching the club record set by Eddie Johnson (2012) and Fredy Montero (2011). Martins also recorded his fourth assist of the season, ranking third on the team. Martins now has two goals and three assists in his last five games as Seattle improved to 9-0-0 when Martins scores (8) or assists (4) this season. • Lamar Neagle scored his eight goal of the season, tied for the team-lead. He has scored a goal in each of the past three games, matching the fourth-longest scoring streak in MLS this season. Seattle improved to 8-0-1 when Neagle scores (8) or assists (3) this season. • Michael Gspurning recorded his fourth shutout in the past five games, and co-leads MLS with 10 shutouts this season. His 1.00 goals allowed average is tied second in MLS. • Andy Rose recorded his career-high second assist of the season. He is now tied second on Sounders FC with two game-winning assists. • DeAndre Yedlin recorded his second assist of the season. He recorded an assist at Real Salt Lake on March 30. • Seattle’s goal in the third minute marked the fastest goal scored this season by Sounders FC. The previous season mark was set by Martins when he scored in the eighth minute against FC Dallas on August 3. • Friday’s match marked the 17th meeting between Seattle and Salt Lake across all competitions since 2009, marking the club record for most games against one opponent. Seattle improved to 5-6-5 against RSL in MLS play, including playoffs.