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Players, coaches react to Sounders 2-1 win

Here's some of what both clubs had to say after the Sounders come-from-behind 2-1 win over New England today at CenturyLink Field:

SIGI SCHMIDOn team starting to click) "The understanding with each other is starting to get better. More so than anything, their belief and confidence in that we're going to find a way to win. We're down 1-0 and we're two or three minutes into the game, but we're going to figure it out. We're going to figure it out and get it done. It's a belief that's starting to come through. That's important. Different guys stepped up and did what they needed to do."

On Sounders leading league with 13-different goal scorers) "When you look over the history of the teams that I've coached, with exception of maybe one year in LA when Ruiz scored a ton of goals, it has always been spread out. I think when you get goals from different places, you're a harder team to figure out. You're a harder team to defend because you have that diversity in the attack. It's also a situation where we've scored goals this year on set pieces. The service has been better, guys are practicing them more. Encouraging some guys who didn't want to step up and do them like Tyson--'Hey you can do it, you're a lefty and this is a ball you can hit.' Their confidence and willingness to do that."

On Servando Carrasco) "Carrasco is a slightly different player than Ozzie. He plays the position a little bit different way, but you have a guy who's a rookie out there and he's playing against Shalrie Joseph who's one of the premier players in the league and I think he did pretty well. He held his own. He was solid in the middle. He defended well when he had to. Positionally, he was sound. Friberg is the one who is always going to, if you're the defensive midfielder playing with him, you'd like to have a string on him so he doesn't go away from you too far sometimes. He likes to get forward, but he's always exploring and trying to make runs. I thought his activity and his running was good. I was worried about him running out of steam at about 60 to 70 [minutes], but he held through very well for us."

On Jeff Parke's injury) "I haven't checked yet. It wasn't a situation where it was a concussion or anything like that. He just was having trouble seeing the balls and he's had migraines in the past and he felt like it was the onset of a migraine so they felt it was just going to get worse. It wasn't going to get better and we decided to make the change then."

On Wahl's goal scoring celebration) "When you don't score a lot, you don't want to waste a lot of time thinking about that. He'll come up with a better one next time. Has five or six years to plan that out. He should think of a good one."

On Mauro Rosales) "I thought he did very well. We put him inside to play in the Montero role for us today. He interprets that role a little different than Fredy does. He's very dynamic, he's very determined, and he's always exploring and trying to get behind even from that deeper position. I thought that added another dimension to our game today. He was probably our best player today."

On Rosales exceeding expectations) "You hope everybody on your team ends up being your best player when you sign them. Chris Henderson and Adrian (Hanauer) did a good job identifying him and we brought him into camp. An old coaching colleague of mine, Walter Bahr who used to coach at Penn State, said it doesn't take you long to look at a horseshoe. It didn't take us long in the training sessions to figure out that this guy was a good player. We were able to sign him and have him on our team. It took him awhile to get fitness, his timing, and to understand the league. Right now, you're seeing a very fit player that understands this league. The thing that I like a lot about Mauro is that he plays with a passion. I think the fans can see that and that you guys can see that. He plays with a passion on his sleeve when he steps onto the field. He was another guy where I was concerned if he was going to get through 90 minutes, but he was there. We only made the change because we wanted to lock up the midfield. ... His fitness is there. Dave Tenney has done a good job and Mauro has done a good job. He does a good job of getting extra fitness in on his own. He's very diligent that way." On injuries) "Fredy [Montero] felt his quad, felt he couldn't really strike a ball with his right foot. He said that was the reason the other night that he pulled up on the one shot and delayed it and didn't hit it. We felt it was better not to play him. With Brad [Evans], he's had issues with his knee, but his knee is fine. It was a situation where he could have maybe played, but there was a risk of maybe making his hamstring injury worse if he did play. We have a window here that we could rest them a little bit and make sure that it's completely behind us and get a full week of training."

On Roger Levesque) "I thought Roger was good today. When you score two goals, you go into a game with a little more confidence when you step onto the field the next time. I thought his activity level was good. He made life difficult for their centerback. He laid on some good balls. He was dangerous at times as well. He got an assist, so Roger definitely played well. He deserved to start based on his last performance and based on what he did today, he probably deserves to get out there again."ROSALESOn being more comfortable with teammates) "I thought before that when I get a few games to know the players, to know how they cross the field and in which position. The last game I played I was on the right side. This game I played forward. I'm always feeling good in each position. I have to make my work. ... I try to do my best always."

On playing with Roger Levesque) "I think we have kind of the same quality to pass the ball, to try to run, to go hard. It was easier to hold the ball in that game where we needed because we were playing our two against five or six players of them. We did a good job."

On the team) "We are doing amazing work. We are working for that. All week we work very hard to have this kind of performance. The team knows that we have to win and get the three points."

ALVARO FERNANDEZ (who moved into a tie for team lead with four goals)On goal) "It was a game between Mauro and Roger and I was waiting for the ball to come to me. The goalkeeper hit it but it still went in. It was a good goal."

On coming back from down 1-0) "It is hard to get a goal so this team has enough tools to fight back and keep calm to get the goals that we needed and get the game."

On being tied for team lead in goals) "I'm very happy for that, but I'm more happy that the team is winning. The important thing is that the team wins. If I can contribute to that, that is great but if some other teammate makes a goal, that is great as well. We are very happy about that."

KASEY KELLER On team improving) "We've said all along we have a good squad and if we get guys to keep chipping in the way that they have. Obviously Roger coming off the bench and scoring a couple goals and having another great game today. Tyson Wahl with a great free kick to win a game. Those things are huge. It shows the character of the team. It makes no sense to make panic buys but if you can find the right guys, it's good for your team."

On if team ever approached panic mode) "We haven't lost a lot of games. Maybe a couple of draws that we wish we could have gotten three points out of but we're in a very solid position at the moment. We're coming off three wins in a row so that's always going to look that way but at the same time, when you can go down 2-0 then get back to 2-2 and then win the game that shows a lot of character. If you go down by a goal early on a corner it shows a lot of character to come back and win 2-1. With changes being made, with positions being swapped because of the number of games and different injuries, I think the state of the union at the moment is very good. Like I said, if the right guy's available then the right guy's available."

On if this is the steeliest Sounders team) "We were a very young team a couple years ago. We have some guys who have matured into some situations and that makes a big, big difference. You know how to get in and out of those situations because you've been in them enough. When you've never been in it, you don't know what to do. Now, the way we're seeing games out now and the way we're managing the last five minutes of a game when you have the lead didn't happen the first couple years. There's now maybe a bit more intelligence that comes with experience."

On getting the win) "I think we deserved it. I think both teams had good chances. We had a few that we could have snuck in but at the same time you're home you'd like to have your luck a little bit. Very rarely have I been in a game where it's a perfect situation where teams don't have chances because what do they have to lose. They lose 3-1 or they lose 2-1 it doesn't matter. They're going to put you under some pressure and it's how the team reacts to that. I think the team did very well."

New England coach STEVE NICOLOn his team's losing streak) "We can't get a break. We had a couple of chances where we could have gotten a point but didn't. I feel disappointed we put ourselves in good position in this match. The referee made a decision that changed the game. All the credit to the guy who made the kick and scored the goal, but the decision was totally wrong and changed the game."

On both of Seattle's goals) "I just said he [Wahl] kicked it well. What are you going to do? He hit it in the upper corner. We shoot ourselves in the foot. Alston has half a shoe on the other one off. We give up a goal. We are just disappointed.

Revs midfielder PAT PHELANGeneral thoughts on the match) "We started off as well as we could have hoped for. We did well to get the goal, and weather the storm in the beginning. We really didn't give them anything until the foul on the first goal. The second goal came off our mistake, you can really look at the whole game and they didn't create a whole lot. We made it easy for them."

On getting an early boast with the goal) "Absolutely, but with the crowd and the whole organization and team is they don't get their spirits down. It is disappointing to not to hold onto the lead. We need to look into why we didn't and correct it."

On Kevin Alston's shoe problem leading to Seattle's second goal) "It is unfortunate; the ref said it was an equipment issue not an injury issue. It is the second time it has happened this season so he probably needs to look at that. Still, it is not why we conceded the goal."

On the team's message at halftime) "We needed to chase the game and put pressure on them. We didn't really find a rhythm, we had some chances but overall we are disappointed."

Revs defender A.J. SOARESOverall impression) "Losing is not fun. We started the game really well and kind of got on a high. To give it away, in the first half pretty quickly is pretty tough."

On getting the early goal to manage the crowd) "Of course the crowd went quiet; we were doing just fine. Once they get the first goal the crowd got back into things. I thought we did a good job of handling everything and we played pretty good."

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