Chicago's lone goal in its 2-1 loss to Seattle tonight came when Marco Pappa knocked a wind-aided corner kick directly into the net above Sounders 6-foot-5 goalkeeper Michael Gspurning.
Here's some of what the Sounders had to say about that play and Gspurning's overall play:
GSPURNINGOn Pappa’s goal:“It was really unbelievable. We played the second half against the wind so I would say 70% it was a good corner kick, and 30% was the 50mph wind picking it up so I had to step up and by that time it had hit the post and gone in. I’m always a positive guy but I know it will be on all the season highlights now with this goal. But we were very happy with our performance and the three points.”
On feeling fit for the game:“I was. Everyone knows I didn’t train last week but I was 100% fit today otherwise I wouldn’t have played. I thought my performance was okay but this goal, I take it, but it shouldn’t have happened. But at least we got three points. It’s important especially against teams we don’t see more than once.”
Coach SIGI SCHMIDOn Gspurning’s play:“Yes, he got beat by a goal the South American’s call an Olympic Goal when you score directly from a corner kick. Actually, I was able to do that a couple of times as a player-I know, hard to believe. But with the wind behind him, Pappa strikes a good ball and ripped it. Michael said that he basically had no chance to react-all of a sudden it was off the post. I thought he controlled his box well and came out and smothered shots that he needed to, I thought he did a good job dealing with the crosses and being in the right position.”