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Salt Lake reacts to 2-1 win over Seattle

Here's some reaction from the Real Salt Lake locker room to their 2-1 win today at Sounders FC: Coach JASON KREISOn winning in Seattle…) “It feels really, really good and I told our guys I’m really proud of all the hard work they put in. The fact that they stuck together and kept working hard and stayed discipline through some pretty interesting decisions in the first half. There were some pretty dire circumstances and I was proud of our guys for getting another hard fought win.” On the decision to give Seattle a penalty kick…) “I don’t think it was embellishment. I just think it was a hard tackle. There was some contact after the ball was away. I agree with Sigi Schmid, and I would go further and say I don’t think Seattle’s red card was warranted. I don’t think their player elbowed Alvaro Saborio on purpose. I just think the referee made some bad decisions and was trying to work his way back into the game. Overall it just wasn’t good enough.” On coming through with some unorthodox wins and situations…) “It is true, going through this season, this team started to get rattled but lately they have stayed very resilient, disciplined, and together. I’m proud and happy we had learned through all of this and hopefully we are better team.” On playing the match for a period of only one defender on the field…) “At that moment when we only had one defender on the 18, I thought how we switch our alignment” On his adjustments to playing 10 versus 10…) “Not a whole lot, that just means there is more space to cover. We just needed to hold onto the ball, have some patience and work together. Better efficiency with the ball means less defending. On his team’s first goal…) “It was a strange goal, at first I thought it went towards the side of the goal. I really don’t know what happened. Saborio was trying to cross it, but it just ended up in the back of the net.

Goalkeeper NICK RIMANDOOn saving a goal with his face…) “Oh never, those are the one’s you don’t expect or train for. When they happen you don’t want them to go in the back in the net. I saw the guys playing so I guess I saved it with my face.” On his reaction to the penalty kick…) “It was one of those ones where I was in a similar situation in 2009. I was fortunate he kicked it little left and it went just wide.” On Seattle being a tough place to get three points…) “It is definitely a tough place to play. Their crowd is excellent and their team is a good team in this league. We wanted to come in here and prove a point that we are good team even though we lost of couple of games. We gave it everything we had and we won.”