Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning recorded his first MLS clean sheet in the Sounders' 2-0 win over Houston tonight, and lowering his goals-against average to 0.50.
"I thought Michael had a very good game tonight," coach Sigi Schmid said. "He made that one save early in the game when the score was 0-0, the one that he tipped over the bar going to his right and he tipped it over with his left hand. I thought he did well. He came out and did well on a couple of crosses, ones he punched out and collected. I thought it was a good game tonight for Michael's confidence and also for the fans to see his quality tonight."
Gspurning said he was happy to have a two-goal cushion in the middle of the first half, but the didn’t want to dwell on that.
“It’s funny,” he said. “You have to be focused on every ball, so if you’re leading 4-0 or 5-0 you’re just as into the game. You don’t know what will happen. … It’s good and it’s great, but always keep going through the last minute.”
Gspurning ended up making the two saves he had to make.
Here's a little more of what he had to say after the match:
On the game...) "The game was tough. We knew we had to fight today. It was a very decent game. They (Houston) showed today that they are a good team and they were not for nothing in the final last season. We knew this before, we took the fight, and we won. It's great. Maybe we can play better soccer, but on the fighting and defense-wise, (it) was great stuff."
On defending Houston's corner kicks...) "These balls are always tough but we did our job. [Goalkeeping coach Tom Dutra] told me the whole week that those balls are coming because they have amazing corner kicks and free kicks, so I was prepared. I was prepared for it and I'm happy I've done the job."