Here's some more of what the Sounders had to say today after their 1-o win over Philadelphia:
Coach Sigi Schmid:On being impressed or surprised with the new lineup…) “It’s like when we put the lineup together for today, we said we had three changes in the back, but to me I feel like we have seven starters. I have no problem whether it is the four guys out there today, or whether [Jhon] Kennedy [Hurtado] is out there, whether Zack [Scott] is out there, or Leo [Gonzalez] is out there, I feel like with any of those seven we don’t miss a beat in back. I am not surprised by that. Ozzie [Alonso] has done a great job in front of them and the other guys have chipped in. David [Estrada] at different times has come back and defended. Mauro [Rosales] early in the game did a good job helping out defensively. As he got tired he was a little less so. It is a team effort when you get a shutout. It is not just the defenders, it’s everybody together and I think we’ve done a good job.” On the play of Montero, Johnson, and Rosales…) “Obviously when they spend more time together they will have a better understanding. I think that everybody who has seen us the last couple of seasons knows how important Mauro [Rosales] is to our creative side of the game. Eddie gives us a different dimension up front and Freddy, although he was unlucky again today not to get a goal, is a guy who gets around the goal, as well, and gets those opportunities. Those three, and then eventually you add Flaco to the group, those four will be fun group to watch. We just need to make sure we defend enough behind them.” (Do you think Andy Rose deserved the second yellow…) “Some referees would have pulled the second yellow. I think that it could have been a second yellow, but I think that…[referee Ricardo] Salazar was aware how early it was in the game. He was aware of—I think the first challenge I don’t know how much he got him, I didn’t see the replay. He came in high but I don’t know if he really got him, I think he might have jumped over it…I think some referees might have pulled a second yellow at that stage.”
Mauro Rosales – Sounders FC Midfielder(On the goal…) “It was a great pass from Fredy [Montero]. I tried to score on my chance in the game, and tried to finish it the best way. I got lucky it was a good ball and we got the three points.” (On coming back from injury…) “I’ve been working really hard to get my fitness and get the pain out of my knee and my ankle. The last two games I’ve felt very good and we’ll have to keep going like that. When we win a victory like that, hard fought, we got confidence from everybody.” (On starting all three games in past week…) “Not surprised. I always want to play. I don’t want to be out or on the bench. If can play I will be there and ready for any game.” (On the scoring chances…) “I think we did a very good job today and we should have scored at least one goal in the first half. They were more fresh than us. We felt it a little bit in the end, at the last part of the game. After halftime we wanted to score before they could get that energy.” (On winning all three games…) “We’ve played against the top teams and we always want to win, we always work for that victory and today we got it.
Bryan Meredith – Sounders FC Goalkeeper(On his first MLS start…) “It was a lot of fun, very exciting. I didn’t have too much to do today. I came out on a couple crosses, they shot high…Other than that, the defense really held it down. They [Seattle defense] just didn’t really even let them in the 18.” (On what the defense was doing well…) “They were just organizing, playing really well together as a whole. Especially in the second half the whole team was just really clicking and had good possession, for sure.” (On Philadelphia’s attack at the end of the game…) “They were just throwing as many guys as they could forward, just trying to get that last goal in the last seconds.” (On knowing he would be the starter) “It’s more time to think about it and compare but I wasn’t too nervous. It was a relatively easy game for me. The back four didn’t really allow much through and I don’t think I saw any shots on target so I think it was a good way to start my first game.” Andy Rose – Sounders FC Midfielder(On his MLS debut…) “It’s obviously very nice to get the first one out of the way. Obviously there were some nerves. Once I got a couple touches on the ball I calmed down a little bit, but there were definitely a couple of rushes of blood where you just get so excited that you kind of feed off the atmosphere. I enjoyed every minute of it and I hope there’s much more to come.” (On his header that hit the crossbar…) “It was close. I’m not sure who was in front of me, but I called for it at the last second. I got as much contact as I could, just wanted to get it on frame and it pinged off the crossbar unfortunately. It was a bit of a shame, but we won anyway.” (On if he thought he was going to be issued a second yellow card…) “I wasn’t too worried. I didn’t think the first one was a yellow. I thought on the first one I caught the ball and I was a little disappointed I got a yellow card for that. The second one—yeah, I had a bit of a rush of blood early. I’m glad I didn’t get sent off. It’s nice to get the first one out of the way and then kind of calm down a little bit.” (On he and Bryan Meredith debuting…) “It shows the faith the coaches have and Bryan and I wanted to repay that faith with a good performance. The win was fantastic and we want to keep this ball rolling. The main thing Sigi said is not to drop the level we’ve been playing at the last few matches. I was just happy to get out there and get the jitters out of the way early, get some touches on the ball. I really enjoyed it, playing in front of that crowd.” Marc Burch – Sounders FC Defender(On sharing time…) “It’s great. If Sigi thinks it’s the best option to win a game I’m happy to do it. Coming it at left midfield I can still get my crosses off and still play keep away and I can help them defend. I think it’s a really good option for closing out games.” (On the defenders…) “I think you can tell. If we’re not leading the league in shutouts we’re getting close. Keeping zeros is important. I think everyone’s doing their job. Everybody’s working together and working hard. I think that shows how deep our team is.” (On Bryan Meredith’s play…) “Bryan’s good on crosses. He came out and had a couple good punches. I don’t how many times they tested him with shots, but if they did he saved it.” (On the game…) “I think we should have more goals. We’ve had a lot of chances, a lot of shots. Keepers have made a lot of saves. We’re creating a lot of chances. I’d love to be seeing 4-0 or 5-0 halfway through the second half but if you win 1-0 you get three points.”