Reaction from both sides on Sounders FC's 1-0 win over Metapan on Wednesday at Qwest Field:
Sigi Schmid(General comments...) "We had chances. I thought we had chances to score more than just the one and we're disappointed that we didn't get more. It's most important not give up a goal at home. We have a lead. It forces them when we go down there that they have to score a goal. They can't sit back. Here they can sit back. And for us on the road to score a goal, we force them to score three, so that's really important. We wanted to hold them at zero at home and get as many goals as possible as home. We also wanted to make sure that we can play with a strong lineup when we go down to El Salvador because it's going to be a hostile environment. The refereeing certainly is going to be a little different than it is in the MLS and it's going to be a situation where we're going to need our veteran players down there to get the result that we need to advance."
(On yellow cards...) "Obviously, with two yellows you sit out a game, so we have to be careful with that. I thought early in the game we got drawn into some of the theatrics on the field and we didn't play with enough composure. A couple of yellow cards we didn't need to take. It doesn't affect us for the next game. The most important thing is to get into the group stage and then we'll see where we are with yellow cards."
(On win being good for MLS...) "It shows that anything can happen. When you look at the Galaxy game, Puerto Rico got 4 shots and 4 goals. I'd much rather be in our position than the Galaxy's position at this stage. It's good for us to get a win and it's good for the league, but mainly what we're concerned with what's good for us."
(On substitutions...) "Our team has adjusted a little better to realizing that if you're coming into the game as a sub, you can make an impact on the game and you want your subs to have an impact on the game. That's something we talked about with our midfielders. I know Fredy was disappointed with not starting because he wanted to start, but he had his head about him, made good decisions when he came in, and he played with a lot of effort and enthusiasm and scored an important goal for our team. I knew coming in that it'd be hard to play all of our top players today, on Saturday, and then on Tuesday there, so we wanted certain guys like Fredy and Zakuani to play Saturday and then come back on Tuesday. Our subs have realized that they can have an impact and we've also told our players on the field that they have to get the subs involved when they get in the game. They have fresh legs, so get them involved."
(On touches...) "I think some of our touches up front weren't always the best. Sanna getting in twice really well in the first half and just that final pass and making that final decision has to get better. Metapan did a good job of getting numbers behind the ball and packing the defense and not getting themselves stretched too much defensively, so that made it a little tougher for us. You have to take your hat off to them because they made it difficult for us to win. We need to make it difficult for them when we go down there. We can always get better at that final pass. We can always get better at that final situations."
(On needing players for short turnaround...) "We didn't want to play [Blaise] Nkufo today because we want to make sure we don't put him in a situation where we jeopardize an injury when coming back into fitness. [Patrick] Ianni didn't suit tonight. We had some other guys on the bench. We have people there, certainly I'm not worried about that. Sometimes when you're in the rhythm of playing, the games go. Players would rather get their fitness in games than in practice."
(On the goal...) "I subbed him on and I just turned, so I didn't see the shot. I saw the tail end of it. I saw the goalkeeper scrambling for it and have it spin off his hands and go in. I didn't celebrate as much as I normally would do on a goal. That's what happens. You take your eyes off him for a second and he scores a goal."
Fredy Montero(On expecting to score a goal when he came in...) "I think so. From the bench and while I was warming up my focus and concentration was on scoring a goal and on my first play I managed to score."
"It definitely represents a lot. It's part of the team's history. I scored the first goal in MLS and now the first international goal as well. A beautiful goal for me and always recognizing the goodness of playing with this team and all the colleagues with me."
(On style of play...) "They knew the style of play in the MLS. They know that we can run all 90 minutes. They kept possession for a long time and watched them fault in the back. We knew the goal was very important to keep the advantage and for the next game as well."(On the shot...) "It was a three point goal. We always try to make it beautiful. This time maybe not so beautiful, but it was incredibly important and I'm very happy about it."
(On studying the keeper...) "The keeper has good technique. Usually keepers with such good technique tend to play a little more forward. I observed that and wanted to test him early on and that's why I attempted a shot and good thing it went in."
(On style of play and importance of the game...) "The style of play is similar, I was familiar. Many teams in Colombia play with similar rhythm. So I understand the dynamic of how the defenders play. I can talk to them and try to get them out of their game a little bit. It was definitely an important game and we had to play in our rhythm and our fashion. It will be important to know that they will attack and that we will counterattack them."
Kasey Keller(On the game . . .) "Overall, we were not quite at our best today, but we got the goal and we got the win. It's something to hold on to down in El Salvador. It's going to be a tough game. They are a crafty team. I thought we stuck with them pretty well. I think physically we were better and that showed in the end of the game. I had very little to do and I was happy about that."
(On second leg in El Salvador . . .) "If we fall into a shell and let them come at us when what we need to do is to keep the same attitude in the back, keep it tight. If we do it the right way, we should have a lot of opportunities on the other end."
(On Sounders FC offense . . .) "I really thought we wanted to come away from this game with two or three goals. We had opportunities, we didn't take them. Hopefully that doesn't come back to haunt us. I feel very comfortable that we can go down there and get a result. The nice part is we come away with a win and without conceding an away goal."(On going into second leg 1-0 . . .) "It's great. I mean, 0-0 is not a bad result for us either at home because, like I said, with the away goals counting as double in the case of a tie. Having that lead means that they have to beat us by two and I feel very confident that we can go down there and not concede a goal and be comfortable in scoring two or three."
Edwin Portilllo - Metapán Head Coach(Opening statement...)"Losing always hurts. It bothers us, but knew it was going to be a difficult game in a difficult stadium full of people; we are not that use to such a full stadium. It motivated us as well. It was an unfortunate mistake by our keeper. He's crying out for the mistake, but this is human we need to recover and move on. The Sounders did better, we came looking for a tie and ended up losing. Last year we lost 1-0. Now we will do better on our own field."
(On his goalkeeper...)"Everyone is giving him moral support. He was in the locker room crying. The ball changed directions and he wasn't in very good position at the time, but at the same time it was a surprising kick from the player who just came in. For the keeper with the years of experience with the national team, he is bothered by it, he is not happy."(On the style of play difference between the two teams...)"In the MLS the style is very different; first of all the infrastructure is much stronger. The payers are more professional and even more so from a style they move faster. Collectively they're still missing, but individually they are very fast. We came here very cautions to play defensively. We didn't want a large score against us."
(On the players playing on the artificial turf...)"We had played before on artificial turf. We didn't feel much of a difference. We played a friendly in LA and another in Panama. It isn't a field we are used to working on, but not a tremendous difference."