Here's some of what the Sounders had to say today after their 1-1 home draw with the Colorado Rapids:
Coach SIGI SCHMID(On the play of Yedlin...) "I thought he was better today. I thought he struggled a little bit the last time out, but I thought today was better. It looked more like the DeAndre that was playing for us at the beginning of the year-using his quickness and speed getting in there, making things happen." (On Yedlin's goal...) "He had the shot, he had the opportunities, he scored a goal in the Champions League that was a pretty good goal, so he should have confidence in that. The main thing that he did well is he stayed with the play. The ball came back out for the header, he stayed with the header and scored."
(On the play of Mauro Rosales...) "I thought Mauro played well in the first half and some things came off of it. He had a couple of good crosses, a couple I know he'd like to get back. I think his final passes-he put Oba [Martins] on that one that Oba cut inside and missed on. He could have had an assist on that, obviously, if Oba scored. I thought today was a better game for him." (On players potentially returning from injuries this week...) "We'll have to see how things go this week. We think Djimi Traore should be able to be back this week, we think [Brad] Evans should be able to be available for the starting lineup next week, so that should help us. I don't know about our goalkeeping situation if much is going to change there, and we'll have to see about the others." (On the play of Andrew Weber...) "I thought he did well. I thought he did really well on the one where he came outside the box and cleared it, he made a good decision there...He wasn't really tested a lot, but made his decisions well. On the corner, I think he could have played it a little better, for sure." (On the strategy in midfield...) "We just wanted to make sure that we packed our midfield a little bit and made it a little harder to play through midfield. The possession they had was basically in their end of the field, I don't think they had a lot of possession in our end of the field attacking-wise. It forced them to look for balls to Atiba Harris' head, more posting up or trying to flick-on, trying to get Deshorn Brown in and so forth. I thought we did a pretty good job of packing the midfield." (On the play of Osvaldo Alonso...) "I thought Ozzie played well. I think a couple of shots he'd like to have back and take again and hit those a little bit better. Ozzie helps us in the midfield, for sure." (On the play of Marc Burch...) "He was better today than the last game. I didn't think he looked comfortable on the left at all in the last game. I though this game he was more versatile...he got himself into attacking crossing positions three or four times, which when you look back on the San Jose game, he didn't. Maybe with more games there, and with injuries we might have to play him more games there, he can be more aggressive." (On Burch's free kicks...) "The one in the second half was really good, the one he bent in and Lamar headed it wide...Obviously that's something he can add to our team when he's on the field." (On the outside players coming forward...) "We tried to have both our outside guys push forward more today. DeAndre [Yedlin], obviously, got opportunities and ended up with a goal, but also we wanted to get Leo [Gonzalez] forward, as well." (On coming back...) "It's good that we showed the character to come back after going down one-nothing, but we also have to feel it the whole time. We were a little bit the better team and we wanted to get a win today." (On the results so far this season...) "It's disappointing, but you have to just roll up your sleeves and keep working. It's the same old thing-glass is half full, glass is half empty, you can be negative and positive, statistics can support positive things, statistics can support negative things, and they're actually the same stats and you're looking at the same thing. We have to keep working. We know where we're. We're still trying to get our best 11 on the field at the same time and get them to work together and hopefully at practice we can get that a little more, and as guys return from injuries we can get closer to that." (On the play of the Rapids...) "I thought Colorado was trying to slow down the game from the very beginning. That was something we were saying to the referee because they played on Wednesday and so I think they tried to take the air out of the balloon of the game. The referees I don't think recognized that soon enough or early enough and encouraged them to play a little quicker. They were very content coming in here either steal a win or walking out of here with a tie. I think that was their objective today and it's the strategy that their coach sent to them based upon them playing Wednesday and they got their point." (On the game snapping a seven-match winning streak against the Rapids...) "Those are past games and you're only as good as your last game." DeAndre Yedlin - Sounders FC Defender(On the goal...) "A little bit lucky. Lamar had a good shot, unlucky to go off the post. It bounced to me, hit it first, keeper made a good save, and I was lucky it bounced back and I headed it." (On getting a point...) "It's big. Obviously we would've liked three points but one point is better than none."
(On the better play after Colorado goal...) "We tried to press them a little bit, make them uncomfortable, especially at our home. It's hard to play here; it's the hardest place to play in the country. We tried to make them as uncomfortable as we could. They had a good goal. After that we picked up a little bit, tried to play a little bit better. We just need to play that way through the whole game." (On the importance of scoring in Seattle...) "Oh yeah, of course. This isn't just my first professional place to play, but it's my home. I was born here, so it's amazing to be in front of my family and these fans."
(On hearing the crowd chant his name...) "It's pretty incredible; it's amazing." (On the home stand...) "I think it's good to have these games at home because it's amazing to play in front of these fans and it gives us a little extra boost to play. We all love playing here; it's sold out every game which is incredible. They just keep having our backs." Andrew Weber- Sounders FC Goalkeeper(On the start...) "It was good. Unfortunate on the goal; I mistimed it a little bit, the wind caught it. I got my fingertips on it; I think I killed it. Drew Moor was wide open and just tucked it away so it's unfortunate but we came back. DeAndre scored a great goal so it was great."
(On the defensive play...) "The guys did great in front of me. All four of them-all ten of them did great. So it just carried and the wind caught it, and I mistimed it and I flicked it on. It's unfortunate but we fought back and the guys got a goal. I thought we could've buried them in the first half but it's 1-1 and we'll take it, and we've got to move forward. We've got to start getting points." (On Yedlin's goal...) "It was crazy. Lamar takes a shot; I think he's going to score. It hits the post. DeAndre shoots it, the keeper makes a good save, and then he just follows it up with a header. I was excited; I was jumping, jumping, and then all of a sudden I was like "yes" when it goes in. It was good. We tied it up there; I thought we could've went and got the win." (On the point...) "You want three but we've got two more home games. If we can get seven out of nine we'll take it." Marc Burch - Sounders FC Midfielder(On the result...) "We're starting to play and look like a better squad but we've got to win. We didn't lose but we need three points when we're at home and that's we expect. All we can do is move on to the next one and get three next week."
(On breaks not going their way today...) "No, it felt like a soccer game. It's up and down all the time and I felt like we should have put one or two away in the first half and if we do that it's a different game. If you let a team hang in there and we had little bit of miscommunication on their goal. It happens but it's good as a team to fight back and at least get a tie when you're down."
(On if the team talks about being better rebounding from giving up the first goal) "No, not at all. We were looking for three points no matter what. Whoever scores first doesn't matter. It's the score at the end of the day. The only thing we can do is move forward and just look to win games. That's it." Mauro Rosales - Sounders FC Midfielder(On personal play lately...) "I feel okay, just trying to get confidence again. When you are getting confidence sometimes you need more minutes, more playing. I'll have to wait and try to do what I have to do in the minutes that I get."
(On he feels physically...) "Yeah, I feel very good. I think I'm going to keep going every time but sometimes the coaches are looking for something else on the field. They see things on the field better than us and they expect do the best for the team. That's why I have to respect everything."
(On interplayers with DeAndre...) "Good. We didn't' have too many games to do it. He was out for the under 20's and the games that we had. We did pretty good, pretty well. You keep the rhythm with players whenever you have minutes in games, not training. Training doesn't mean so much but we need it in games. We are getting enough and probably the next year is going to be much better than it is now."