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Sounders see statement win, big offense

Here's some Sounders reaction in the wake of their 4-2 win over FC Dallas:

Eddie JohnsonOn his play: “For the first couple games of the season, my body was beat up and it was frustrating because there was a time that as a team, we faced a really difficult challenge. Considering we’re an organization that usually starts the season off really well, so we found it was a difficult challenge to start the season. But it was just getting that rhythm and getting that confidence, and staying true to myself and believing in my teammates. In practice week in and week out, just working on what we need to and then putting it out on the field.” On the team’s recent offensive explosion …) “Well, talk about a team that has depth. When certain guys aren’t performing or are injured, you call on certain guys to step up. My hat’s off to Lamar Neagle. He’s pushed me, he’s pushed Oba (Obefemi Martins), he’s pushed David (Estrada). He’s made us play out this game. When you’ve got someone like that scoring goals, nothing is guaranteed. He’s been stepping up. DeAndre Yedlin is another young guy that’s really gotten the opportunity and taken advantage of it. It’s good to see different guys scoring goals and we just want to continue pushing each other in training and it’s paying dividends.” On how the team responded after losing the 2-goal lead …) “(Assistant coach Brian) Schmetzer always talks about how goals change games. We were really down on ourselves even though we were up 2-0 at halftime. But they had a chance off the post just before halftime so we were lucky to not concede there. We had opportunities in the first half, but we just had to be more composed, show more composure in the box when we got our chances and stick the ball in the back of the net. We got the chance in the second half, and Oba and myself, we made it count.” On knocking off the top team in the league …) “We wouldn’t be where we are right now if we didn’t want to play the best and be the best. We couldn’t have asked for a better team, who’s been hot all year, to come here and really challenge us as a team and see where we are. Tonight we showed our true character. Even going up 2-0, then conceding two goals, we really put them on our terms from start to finish, and when we got our chances in the second half, we put them away.”

Michael GspurningOn the victory…) “Today, a great victory again and it’s a great sign that we are back in business. We have a couple games ahead of us to keep going, but it looks way better than a couple of weeks ago. Our offense did a fantastic job.” On the last time someone scored a corner against him…) “One year (Chicago)… We took the win and I was able to make a couple of important saves so I equalized this goal.” On Eddie’s huge goal to retake the lead…) “It was very important because we broke the momentum of the game for Dallas. It was a huge game of Eddie and the momentum came back in this situation to us and it was very important.” On the dangerous look of the offense…) “We knew that Dallas had a really high line so we tried the long balls, quick long balls those are from me, and it worked out pretty well. And yeah, 3 points.” Obafemi Martins- Sounders ForwardOn scoring in consecutive matches…) “ The players did well before me coming in and I did my best scoring goals as well and we won. We scored four goals which is good, so I am very happy for that.” On the chemistry up front…) “I spoke to Lamar and Eddie and playing close to each other, because the more we pass the ball to each other it is easier to play. We have been doing that in training, which is good. I’m happy for that because we did well.” On finding role on team…) “Scoring goals is always important, we can pass the ball around but the striker is why I am here—scoring goals, and it’s happening. On winning a tough game…) “We work hard for it and it was a good win. We hope to continue like this since we have a long way to go.” On recovery from injury…) “I’m getting there. The fact that I’m playing from the second half and trying to help the team as well, I think it’s good.” On finding flow...) When I first came I said I wanted to score a lot of goals and it’s happening now. I hope it continues to be like this, and the important thing is to win, to get the three points.”