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Sounders-Impact react to season opener

Here's some of what the players and coaches had to say after Montreal's 1-0 win at Seattle:

Midfielder STEVE ZAKUANIGeneral thoughts: "We really wanted to go out and put on a good performance for our fans. We didn't do that and that is really what hurts right now. This is a very long season and we have plenty of time to make things up and do things right. I am confident in this team and I am confident in the group we have and we are going to figure it out not too long from here. We didn't play very well today, but we had a couple blocked shots that could have given us something from this game. I am very disappointed, but we have to bounce back from this tonight and go from there. You don't want to overreact and panic because of this game. We didn't become a bad team because of this game. We just have to stay confident and stay on course.

On good shots being some sort of consolation: "Of course. I mean we didn't play well. We didn't play well at all. I don't think anyone is going to look at this game and say that we did. The energy wasn't where it needed to be. It is a long season and it is hard to bring it every night, but you have to bring it on opening night. We still hit the crossbar, we had some blocked shots, and I think that if you look at it from that perspective you can see that once we do figure it out we are going to get some good results and do some good things this year. It is a very long season. I don't have to go through the list of all the teams who lost their first game and still went on to have great seasons. A couple years ago we lost the first game to LA and the second game to New York and we still had a really good year."

Midfielder ANDY ROSEOn the defensive battle: "We knew it was going to be a tactical battle. With a European coach we knew that they were going to throw a 4-1-4-1 look at us and try to capitalize on the counterattack. We had some good spells of possession, but we always have to be aware of their two attacking midfielders. A lot of our possessions were very good. I think that there were definitely some positives."

On the injury you sustained: "It's fine. I don't really know what happened, but I think that I got rocked by Zach [Scott]. I felt that maybe I could have come back on, but it is definitely alright now."

Montreal coach MARCO SCHALLIBAUMOn what Davy Arnaud brings to the team: “A lot of things because this is a new position and he’s very good with the team. To score the goal is very important to go up 1-nil. He’s a very good captain also to guide the team on the field. I’m very happy with him and with the rest of the players.”

On Troy Perkins: “Very stable. He’s very good for the defenders when you have a goalkeeper like him behind.”

On the midfielders interchanging on the attack: “I wanted the midfield to go deep and there was the perfect timing of Felipe and Davy to score the goal.”

On the older players’ experience and what that means to the team: “You saw tonight what Troy (Perkins) brought in the goal and Allesandro (Nesta) was like a wall. They bring a lot of experience. It’s nice to have no goals allowed.”

On feeling fortunate about Seattle’s near misses: “Yeah, but that’s part of the game. It was lucky in this situation because you’re going against a very good team. We also had two or three chances to make it 2-0 and we also hit the post. So that’s the game and it was a little bit of luck to have here because Seattle is a good team. And when you have 40,000 in the stadium, it’s not easy to play.”

Montreal goalkeeper TROY PERKINSReturning nearly a full squad from last year: “Even in preseason it was smooth. No one had to get used to each other. We’re all very comfortable playing with the guy next to us.”

One goal being enough to win: “With this team, yes, I think it’s a great confidence builder, to go on the road and being able to win a game like that, 1-0.”

Is it more special to win in Seattle, as a guy with Northwest history: “Always, they’ve got a great thing going here, and deep down it always feels good to get a result.”

Starting the season with a shutout: “It’s a great confidence booster for us. It’s a feather in our cap to say that we can go on the road and get a result, 1-0.”

As a Canadian, can Canadian clubs make a bigger impact this year: “I think so, Vancouver did a lot of building in the offseason, and they had a decent side to begin with. We got basically the whole team back that we finished with last year, so we can make a run at it.”

(On captaining a very internationally influenced team...) “I don’t think it changes too much. Americans, French, Italians, whatever. It doesn’t really matter, my role doesn’t changed to much. I think we have a good group of leaders and veterans who’ve played in some really big games so for me, not too much changes.”

Montreal midfielder FELIPE MARTINSOn the confidence in the team: “Of course we played a lot with our hearts. It was a tough game but I think we did a good job. We scored in the first half so after that they came back a little bit, but in the end we got the three points and that’s the most important thing.”

On closing games, something Montreal struggled with last year: “Yes, it’s tough too because they closed back, but I tried to do my best and the important thing is the team got the three points and I’m very happy because it’s a hard field to play at.”

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