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Sounders' young players impressed in draw

We have more quotes and more on game below. But here's a final look at what some Sounders had to say about their 2-2 draw with Club Tijuana on Tuesday at CenturyLink Field.

Forward CHAD BARRETTOn the performance from the young guys:“I thought a lot of them played really well. It’s just a good opportunity – it’s better than coming out and practicing on a Tuesday, you get to play in a game. Except for the traffic. The traffic was terrible.” On the opportunity to step up during Clint Dempsey’s recovery:“When he went out for the National Team last year, I was able to step in and do a pretty good job. Hopefully Sigi has that same faith in me. If he trusts me to do that, we will see what happens here in Dallas. He could switch the lineup – you never know what he wants to do…I know Lamar [Neagle] can play up there, but I hope to play up there with Oba [Martins] on the weekend. “ On the team’s performance:“It’s good to just come out. Unfortunately we gave up another two goals, obviously we are trying to tighten up in the back, but those are just kinks we are trying to work out. I thought going forward we did very well.” Midfielder GONZALO PINEDAOn the performance from the young guys:“I think they were really good. Roldan, Kovar, and all of them did a great job. We train with them every single day so we know their potential, and we know that when they have the chance they can do a very good job.”

On the potential of the club in the CONCACAF Champions League:“I think we are going to be better [at full strength]. I think we can do a little better in the Champions League, with better football in a better style.”

Forward VICTOR MANSARAY On his first appearance with the First Team:“I think it was alright. My first appearance in CenturyLink, I didn’t know what to expect, but I think everything went well. I tried to do everything my coaches told me to do.” On his game’s progression:“I think I am making progress, but at the same time you don’t take it for granted. You perform and focus on the next one. I am trying to perform on the First Team, of course, but if S2 is a second option, I am happy also to play down there.”​