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Sounders win over 'best team we play all year'

Midfielder BRAD EVANSOn the win) “It’s tremendous. It’s a great win for us. It’s one that will go in the history for our club. We are now the second team to win in Mexico so for us it’s special. Our locker room is happy. That will be the best team we play all year, easily. Heads above everybody else we play so I’m just happy.”

On the character of Sounders FC) “Bottom line that’s what championship teams are made of. You win when it’s tough. You win when it’s easy. You win when you’re not supposed to. It’s momentum. It’s the confidence we have in each other no matter who steps on the field. We said it last week when we played in Dallas. We had different guys on the field and now we have a different lineup and we get out with a win. Top to bottom just a great feeling.”

On Monterrey) “Their spirits were never broken. They want to win no matter what. They don’t want to disappoint these fans, that’s the first and foremost thing. Maybe it opened up a little bit but we were so gassed we didn’t get any chances to capitalize other than maybe one or two. For us if we can win in these situations that’s great.”

Midfielder ALVARO FERNANDEZOn importance of victory) “Last year we were very close to achieving the win, but we couldn’t make it. This year that we did it is very important for us and it’s also very good for MLS and great for the team.”

On the defense) “They were very good in all the lines, very solid. The defense had a very good game.”

Forward PAT NOONANOn the goal) “I believe it was Tyson [Wahl] who played me a ball kind of towards midfield. I was able to turn and found Nate [Jaqua] checking in who did a good job of laying the ball off – it was great build-up – laid it off to Brad [Evans]. He crossed to Servando [Carrasco] and kind of played it through to me. I think Flaco made a good behind run and I was able to spot him between two defenders. His first touch was great. That enabled him to get that shot off and he finished it very well.”

“I had a lot of time and space and up to that point we weren’t getting a lot of time and space. It was a very good build-up for us. I just kind of saw Flaco making a through run and I thought maybe if I can squeeze this through we get a chance on goal. We hadn’t had many chances on goal and it worked out for us. He finished it very well and it put us in a position to win the game, which we did.”

Midfielder SERVANDO CARRASCOOn the game) “It was a great experience. I think we stuck to our tactic very well. There were moments in the game where we absorbed pressure. We knew that was going to happen but we caught them in the break on the first half on a counterattack. Great play by Pat Noonan and a fantastic goal by Flaco.”

On the goal) “It was either going to be [counterattack] or set pieces. We talked about it during the game and before the game and luckily we got a goal on the break.”

On team defense) “I think as a team we had a great shape. Half of the battle is mental. The weather was very hot and they can run for days but I think we kept a good shape and that’s what got us the victory.”