Here are some of the top comments from coach Sigi Schmid's postgame press conference:
Overview: Obviously happy that we won the game. Sometimes when you’re in a little bit of a rut, you sort of have to just fight your way through to a victory. Sometimes its not as artistic as you want it to be or as beautiful as you want it to be, but it’s a little bit of rolling up the sleeves and fighting. … I was proud of the way we faught and we battled. I thought we picked up our game in the second half. We were better in the second half than in the first. I thought it was a deserved penalty – probably could have maybe had another one as well. I’m pleased that we got the victory tonight, and I’m pleased we got the shutout – big save by Stephan on the PK.
His 200th career win: Coaching a long time. It was fantastic to finally get it. I was starting to wonder if we were going to get it. But again, like I said, it’s a reflection of I’ve had a lot of great players who have played for me. It’s great if this can be the year I get 200 if it’s part of even greater success at the end of the year.
DeAndre Yedlin's status: Yedlin’s situation is very close. Some things are not entirely completed yet, so we didn’t want to play him and have a risk of injury happen without everything being finalized. Hopefully that will be finalized and completed in the next day or two. … He got back in on Saturday. He worked out today with our coaches.
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On having Chad Marshall back: Nice to have Chad back. He makes good plays, he wins headers, helps break up attacks, his knowledge as to when to step in is very good. I thought Djimi Traore was good tonight as well. I thought he was a little bit unlucky on the PK.
On Frei's PK save…) "I thought the PK was harsh… Obviously it was a big save." On Brad Evans playing right back…) "Brad played fine. Obviously he can play right back, he can play right midfield for us, he helps us out anywhere on the field. He has some guys who are playing their way back into form. Marshall being out for two weeks, so his fitness isn't back to where it was, and Gonzalez still trying to get his game fitness, and Traore is trying to get to his game fitness as well. All those things impacted us, but I thought Brad, wherever we stick him, does a good job."
On the improvements made during the game…) "I thought we were a little more aggressive bringing the ball forward with our outside backs, I thought that was better in the second half. I thought Marco Pappa and the rest of the team we tried to play more balls behind their back line in the second half. I thought they had a high line in the first half and we didn't stretch them enough, and I think that helped." On referee Chris Penso…) "I don't know if I agree with Caleb Porter on his last assessment of the referee when he refereed our cup game or not. Is it a yellow card? It probably is, that second tackle. I thought there were similar tackles that weren't given yellow cards. Jermaine Taylor came in from behind three times and never got a yellow card the whole game. That's fine, if you're going to pull a yellow card, pull it out. It just seems like it was five-to-two, six-to-two, I didn't think it was that lopsided in the game. Obviously it is disappointing and made us work a little harder at the end. It is what it is." On Martins' red card…) "He can't play next Saturday so his chance of get minutes on Wednesday are great." On the biggest key to the game…) "It was them bringing the ball forward a little quicker, more than anything. That's something we talked about at halftime, we thought at times when we got the ball out wide to our outside backs they didn't come forward, they didn't move their midfield. And when you don't come forward a little more aggressively, then their midfielders have to move and players, angles open up that you can move balls into." On the physicality of the match…) "Houston is an athletic team, they are a strong team, and sometimes games go like that. I think we outfouled them by three or four, but I thought there were some fouls that weren't called going the other way. That's just me—I'm a coach, so I look at it with those colored glasses sometimes."