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Barrett, Sounders react to 2-0 win in BC

Here's some of what the Sounders had to say today after their 2-0 win in Vancouver:

Chad BarrettIt’s a massive win. It’s the Cascadia Cup. It’s a Western Conference win. It’s six points and an away win. Everything about this just rings awesome in the ears. I don’t think I’ve seen such a calm game by us. I thought we really had ourselves together. I thought we were well-rested despite our travels to Columbus and New York. I don’t think I’ve seen the back four look so cohesive. The middle four did a great job, and Dempsey did a great job, so that opened up some good possession for us. The first one was a counterattack on a great ball by Dempsey. And on the second one, Pappa said he was going to find me before the game, and he played in another great ball. He’s had a lot of great passes this season. It was a great ball over and it found its way nicely to my left foot. I just wanted to make sure I got it on target, and it went in. It’s good for me – Those were my first goals in six months. It gives me a boost of confidence and takes a little pressure off the team because Vancouver came out firing in the first 15 minutes. …We had a game plan, and we stuck to it and did really well. We had a meeting a couple weeks back. Playing time was kind of scarce for me, and I just told them I would reward them if they gave me a chance. I was able to get those chances today. Something about scoring in Vancouver sits really well with me. He had the faith in me. Stefan Frei (On the performance…) “Great, I think it was probably our best performance overall. We were very efficient and in control offensively and defensively, our possession was spot on, and the way we took care of our chances was clinical. It was a pleasure to watch from the back—at no point was there panic in any of us. That’s against a really, really good team, and they like to go a million miles per hour, and they usually have the energy to do that for 90 minutes, but when you see some of their guys be dead-tired at the end of the game, you see your group possession made them tire out there. Unbelievable performance out there.”

(On Chad Barrett’s performance…) “Clinical. It can be tough when you’re on the bench and not seeing the field too much, but we all believe that we are one big unit. You have to keep working in training and make sure we are ready when they call upon, every one of us. He took his chances well today, and we needed it. I am really happy for him.”

(On ending the road stretch with a win…) “It’s huge. We knew this stretch of road games would be very tough, some very good opponents, and for us to get six points out of those three games is very good. It’s a good bounce back from a tough showing last week, and overall probably our best showing this season.”

Brad Evans

(On the game plan…) “Of course, I think we had a good game plan and stuck to it. Also, there were two great goals by (Chad) Barrett, and that changes things… I think we stuck to our game plan, even when a goal up, even at halftime at 2-0, we stuck to it for all 90 minutes and it paid dividends.”

(On the talk at half…) “Halftime, as we said, was 0-0, and that’s how we’re going to play. We’ve got to win this half—we still created chances, we absorbed pressure, we played out of pressure—and I think the game plan was to work and work hard. Everybody stuck to it.”

(On improving at center back…) “I think with that position, you kind of look back at games as learning experience. San Jose was a big one where maybe I got too complacent, and I think last week I got maybe too complacent as well. Playing against (Kei) Kamara last week provided different challenges—we didn’t know what to expect—and this week was the same formation. I looked at tape and said, ‘Alright, if there is no pressure on the ball, let’s drop,’ and then Chad (Marshall) and I can win headers and play out of the back. It’s all learning experiences and not trying to get too ahead of myself.”

(On Chad Barrett stepping up…) “Awesome. It is so important. That is about building a deep team. As we step into Champions’ League and Open Cup, it’s what we need if we are going to capture multiple trophies. When guys go down injured, guys need to step up and perform, and we did that today.”