Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight after the Sounders advanced to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals with a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers at Starfire:
(On giving up the late goal…) "Obviously it is disappointing, we could have won it in regulation. You have to work extra, but I told the guys 'We have to do it the hard way, we will do it the hard way.' That's just the way it turned out tonight. We were happy. We've played Portland three times in the Open Cup since I've been here, and this is the first time we've played them at home. I know Caleb (Porter) feels the coin toss is in our favor, but every other time we've played Portland we've played down there, so it's nice to have that happen. Having our crowd behind us and being able to come back [to Seattle] was a great thing."
(On DeAndre Yedlin starting…) "He said he felt fine. He's still 21 one years old and we felt he is a guy who could play tonight and turnaround and play Sunday. He had cramps a little a bit, that's why we took him out—to be careful and make sure there's no injury."
(On Yedlin's performance…) "I thought he played well. I thought he was very sharp, especially in the first half. He made some good runs forward. It's a difficult feel to get forward as an outside back, but I thought he did some really good things."
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(On Cam Weaver starting.) "This field suits Weaver. We know some balls would be in the air and we need him to battle. The thing with Cam is he's a warrior. When you put him on the field you know he is going to give you everything he has for as long as he is out there. Unfortunately he didn't have a goal, but he was right around there a couple of times."
(On handling Chara's red card…) "I didn't think we handled it really well right after the red card. Prior to the second overtime we talked about making sure we stepped up to people, keep people in the back, and not get beat off the dribble. I think that's what happened to us, even in the goal they got late, we were beat off the dribble. I said, 'hold the ball and not to swing it in too early, opportunities will come."
(On the status of Obafemi Martins…) "He trained today, did much more today. We will see how he feels tomorrow and Friday. Hopefully things will look good for Sunday."
(On the status of Clint Dempsey…) "Dempsey will be back. My situation with Dempsey was that everyone is different. His family was already on the East Coast, he was in the East Coast, he has a home in the East Coast, and said, 'Coach if I could get a week off now rather than later' and I said, 'Fine.' We agreed to that… He's been on the East Coast the whole time. He'll come back tomorrow and be with us from then on."