Here's a sampling of what both sides had to say tonight after Herediano broke through for a 1-0 win over Champions League Group D-leader Seattle:
Sounders coach SIGI SCHMID(On Montero and Alonso changing game...) "The game certainly changed when they came into the game. They're quality players. Alonso got us a little quicker to our marks at midfield, which is what I asked him to do. Montero was able to hold the ball a little bit for us up front and allow people to join in. It helps our game when they're able to come in and do that." (On game challenges...) "We struggled a lot defensively. We didn't do a good job of picking them up. We were too loose in the middle of midfield and we were forcing our wide guys to step up to their back three rather than stay in midfield to defend. As a result, we didn't see enough of the ball and when you don't see enough of the ball, you're not going to get shots. Offensively, our struggles were simply that there were too many incomplete passes. Not enough rhythm into our game. We weren't holding onto the ball. Sometimes we knocked it in the back four, but we didn't really didn't hold it through midfield and in the wide areas." (On Amadou Sanyang's first start) "Sanyang is more of a defensively midfielder. Carrasco probably wasn't the best pairing, but we didn't have a lot of choices. We knew we couldn' play Ozzie tonight for 90 minutes because of the injury he's coming off of. He did OK. He did some of the things that he does well. I thought Ochoa came in and helped us at the end. He had a header that they made a save on and he held up the ball for us a couple times." (On result changing approach for the next CCL match at Comunicaciones) "Tuesday we need to get a result. If we go down to Guatemala and get a result, a win or a tie, that puts us through. Right now, it's about that. it was probably not that different based on the results tonight because Monterrey won, so it either way we would have had to get a result down there, so it really doesn't change much. We need to go into Guatemala and get a result. We want to win the Vancouver game because that wins us the Cascadia Cup and that's important to us as a club as well." (On Herediano players who might look good in rave green) "There's definitely some good players for Herediano. They have some quality players. They have some players that are very dangerous. I couldn't tell you necessarily who they are at this point because if you truly are interested in a player then the price goes up, so we don't want to the price to go up if we do have an interest. I thought they played well and some of the individuals definitely played well." (On Herediano goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero) "He had a big game tonight. He anticipated the crosses. He cheated on some of them. The quality on the crossing wasn't what it needed to be. When we had quality, Jaqua had two headers that he needs to do better with. Ochoa's opportunity as well. A lot of times our crosses were straight and they didn't hang up in the air." (On forward options...) "Strategy going in was that Noonan was going to fall off the front line a little bit. Jaqua is a big forward, so it allows you to get some crosses into him as well. Montero has played the last four games in a row, we needed to rest his legs a little bit. Fucito has a bad ankle from the last game, so he couldn't play, so our choices were pretty obvious." Sounders forward PAT NOONANOn their offensive struggles...) "Connecting passes and just anticipating, winning 50-50 balls and getting aggressive and wanting the ball at our feet. We weren't doing any of that in the first half and it took until we were down 1-0 and chasing the game late in the second half in order to start playing."
On if Herediano showed them anything they weren't expecting...) "I think a lot of our problems came from our own mistakes, our own passing. They're a good team--they passed the ball well, but it took us maybe to 45 minutes to figure out their formation and understand where we need to be to cut out passing angles. When we did win the ball we just gave it right back with some careless passes and maybe not anticipating and not getting some runs, and that was all over the field."
On Herediano keeper Daniel Cambronero...) "He made some good saves. We needed to put more on frame and make him work, but the ones we did maybe just didn't get to the corners enough or out of his reach. The ones we did put on goal he did well with."
Sounders forward NATE JAQUAOn the game...) "I don't think we came out the first half as well as we needed to. The second half we played a little bit better and we got some more chances. Yeah, it's disappointing we weren't able to find the back of the net. We need to be of better quality in the final third and get more chances in the first half."
On the physicality of the game...) "Yeah it was very physical. It was physical down there, it was physical here. You expect these type of games from clubs. It's just one of the ways it is, and we still have to find ways to get a goal.
Herediano coach JAFET SOTOOn difference between this week and last week...) "Last week was a game that was destined that way. We had only two chances for Sounders last week over there and they had two goals. This week we managed the game and scored, so we managed to win the game." On coming to win, not draw) "We always play to win. We came to compete and when you compete, you come to win." On goalkeeper Cambronero) "He's a great goalkeeper. He's been on the national team. He's just 24 years old and has a great future." On win helping motivate for next games...) "If we have any chance, even if just mathematical, we're going to fight to win and try to win the games." On the chippy, physical play) "It was normal. In any futbol game where you play all that you have there's going to be collisions and that's normal in the game." On goalkeeper health ... in light of multiple delays in play while he was tended to) "He's fine. He had a couple of knocks during the game, but when a team plays you with a lot of crossings, there's a lot of physical play to try to cut those crosses." On playing in Seattle...) "We're playing against a great team that is running second right now in the MLS League. We knew they had a win last weekend."