San Jose has always been a tough match for the Sounders, and their 3-2 win in Seattle tonight moved their advantage in the series to 9-6-2.
Here is some of what coach Dominic Kinnear had to say after the match:
On the match: “I’m really happy for the guys. I thought it was a great performance by us. A lot of things were stacked against us tonight – goal in the first minute then a red card, but I thought we played particularly well. Scored some real good goals and took advantage of some mistakes. I’m really happy with the three points. It’s a tough place to come and play and I thought we showed a lot of bravery tonight in winning the game.” On Chris Wondolowski’s game:“He was good. Two goals is what you want from your forward. And it was two different kinds of goals. He’s a good finisher. He took his first one nice in the two-touch then took advantage of the mistake off the second one. The one good thing about Chris, that everyone knows, is he’s very consistent hitting the target so lucky for us he got a couple tonight.” On goalie David Bingham’s performance:“He’s a good goalkeeper. He’s getting some games and getting more confidence. He saw action tonight. A couple times he came out and caught the ball for us and relieved the pressure. That’s what you need sometimes when you’re under pressure like that.” On evening the score not long after Seattle opened the scoring:“That was good. It was a great response. I even thought the chance just before halftime gave us confidence when we came into the locker room. Obviously the red card was a bit of a setback, but the way we played with 10 men was a really good effort tonight.” On seeing an effort like this early in the season:“It’s good to see an effort like that no matter when. We needed it. If we didn’t have that effort tonight, we’re probably going to lose the game. They still created their chances, but we were able to do some last-ditch defending. David (Bingham) had a good game coming out and catching some crosses. I thought we broke well. It was good to relieve the pressure the way we did. We didn’t lose the ball too much around midfield – we kind of lost it closer to their goal, which is important. It gives you a little bit more time to get organized and I thought our shape, for the most part, was pretty good. If we didn’t have that effort and a couple guys took the night off, we would’ve been in big trouble.” On what the effort says about this team:“Sometimes you have nights like that. I think every team goes through that -- where a lot of things go their way and a lot of things don’t. You could either lose it with things going your way or win it with things going against you. Like I said before, at 1-0 after 20 seconds or whatever it was, you could definitely hang your head a little bit. But walking off at halftime, I thought it was nice because I don’t think we showed fear tonight, which was good. We had a young group out there and I thought it was great for their confidence.”