There was a lot of scoreboard watching for Sounders FC today, but of course there was only one scoreboard they could control, and that one showed a 3-1 win over FC Dallas.
Here's some of their postgame reaction:
Coach BRIAN SCHMETZEROn the game: “The last time I sat here it was Pat Ianni on a bicycle kick—when we played Houston—to win the game. I don’t know how many two-goal games Brad Evans has in his career…but I’m very thankful for Brad happening to have one now, and then the rest of the guys pitching in, as well, to make this a successful evening for not just myself, but the whole coaching staff. Like Sigi said at the stadium to thank the fans, but for the guys that did the hard work on the field. Our job is certainly important, but the players are the ones that really do the hard work. Being in my shoes, I get to work with some of the younger players on the squad, and I also get to help some of the older guys and the stars, as well. I certainly think I’ve touched or been involved with the group from top to bottom, and I think that’s what I’m feeling right now—I’m proud of those guys for coming through and making sure really did our jobs tonight and made it into the second or third place and we control our destiny here with our last game. For me to win another game, it’s just a pretty good feeling.”
On Portland beating Vancouver: “Before the game we were watching the TV’s and we knew the result walking out on the field and I said, ‘Well, it’s up to us. We have to do our job here and not worry about what they did.’”
On the build up leading up to the game: “I think we had a good week of training. I think the guys have kind of figured out that this is the lineup we’re using. Certainly injuries and other things come into play, but the team has been on a steady up-tick as far as performances are concerned. You didn’t want to add too much pressure to them, you wanted to tell them, ‘Hey, we can control what we can control.’ Whatever the result was up in Vancouver, whatever the result was LA-San Jose, those things are just little side-notes as far as our story is concerned.”
On the team: “I think this team is good enough that if we play up to our potential and we worry about ourselves that we have a chance to beat anybody in this league.”
Midfielder BRAD EVANSOn getting the win at home: "Yeah it was a good way to close out our home stand at the end of the season. I think this is one of the most important games of the season so far. We made a statement and if we play well next Sunday I think we give ourselves a good chance going into the playoffs.
On being awarded a penalty kick: "It was bound to happen Some team get them all and some teams don't, but fortunately Fredy [Montero] made a good touch."
On knowing what happened between Portland and Vancouver making the MLS cup more of a goal: "Once we knew that was over, and we knew Dallas had to win this game we knew that they were going to throw numbers forward and we were able to catch them on a couple of counter attacks. We said that this is what the playoffs are going to be like so it was a good test for us going into the playoffs."
On the build-ups today: "Anytime a team throws that many guys forward you are going to have good build-ups. Especially with the type of team that we are, and with our skill at counter attacking, we knew that we were going to have some good build-ups today. For us it happens every game. It is just about making the right runs. There was a lot of unselfish play tonight, and we benefited that tonight."
Midfielder and captain MAURO ROSALESOn the result: "Before the game we knew the results, and we knew that we were going to have to win this game. It was a very difficult game too, because they had to win today to get into the playoffs, and we did an excellent job. We need to keep playing like this, and then go into the playoffs at our best level."
On Dallas playing differently because they knew they had to win: "Yeah they did, but we knew they were going for the win so we were going to have more space to play. This helped us create more room for offense, and allowed us to score three goals today."
On the build-up to his goal: "Patience. It was the patience that we had to go forward and play the ball from Eddie [Johnson] to Fredy [Montero], and eventually to me. We knew that we were going to have space every time, and we did a great time controlling the game."
On the difference between setting up goals and scoring goals: "No, it doesn't feel any different. I was just trying to find space. The defense was looking for the guys that score all the time, and not for me. I had to be creative and find the space." Forward FREDY MONTEROOn the game: “It was a very good effort for the team. Brad Evans—it was an unbelievable night for him. At the end of the day, I’m happy with my job out there and hopefully we keep going for the playoffs.”