The MLS All-Star locker room is a pretty crowded place, so we didn't get quite the easy access of a normal league match. However, I managed to talk a bit with three of the four Sounders All-Stars. (The ones from Dempsey were provided by MLS media relations here.) Here's some of what they had to say after the 2-1 win over Bayern Munich:
CLINT DEMPSEYOn difference between two halves:"Second half got maybe a little bit more aggressive between the two teams. I think it was played in good spirit I don't think it was out of control."
On Caleb Porter's coaching job:"I thought his tactics were sound, he got us organized as a team in how we defend and how we move forward, how we move in transition. Whether it's counter attacks in our favor or trying to get back defensively. I thought we were very organized as a team both halves. He set us up to do well and I think that's why we performed well."
On reception from Portland fans:"It just shows the passion that the fans have, the support that they have for their local team. The Seattle and Portland fans are tough to beat in terms of their passion and the atmosphere they create in their respective stadiums."
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DeANDRE YEDLINOn swapping jerseys with Julian Green:“This is my boy J-Green’s jersey. We decided before the game we were going to trade. It’s all good fun. Good game. It was fun to watch. It was fun playing.” OSVALDO ALONSOOn his yellow-card tackle that increased the game's intensity and incensed Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola: “It was the ball in front of me, I tried to anticipate, but I got late. That’s OK. Nothing happened. … It’s friendly, but we have to play hard, we have to play with intensity.”
OBAFEMI MARTINSOn his first-half connections with Clint Dempsey and Thierry Henry:“We tried to make them tired and pressed them, try to pass the ball among each other. … It looked a little bit easier in the second half because they were tired. It’s the preseason for them.”
Martins said he should be ready to go Sunday when the Sounders return to MLS play with a home match against the Houston Dynamo.
All four Sounders played exactly 45 minutes Wednesday, meeting coach Sigi Schmid's hopes that none would play more than a half in the All-Star friendly.