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Sounders react to third straight win; Schmid on Dempsey, confirms Gspurning No. 1 keeper

Here is some reaction from the Sounders after their 2-1 win over Toronto FC:

Sounders coach SIGI SCHMID What did you think of Clint Dempsey? I think Clint did well. Obviously he hasn’t played in a game in two and half a weeks or so, so once you get your rhythm back it will make a big difference. His understanding of our players and our guys is something that will grow as well. We ended up having to bring him in a little sooner than expected but I was happy with him.

Did you think he (Clint Dempsey) was 60 minutes fit? We told him when he went in that the timing when it happened it was such that I didn’t want to bring someone else on because then I would have to make another sub. I just told Clint to manage his way through those 15 minutes, you didn’t really get a proper warm-up, make sure you don’t pull anything and then right away he ended up having to make that 70 yard run where he gets in almost with Eddie (Johnson). But he managed his way through, he’s a veteran player and then he was fine for the second half.

Considering he only had a couple training sessions with the team how do you think he did with the group? I thought he did alright and I think it’s going to get better.

Is the number one goalkeeper position up for grabs? No, we just think that Marcus (Hahnemann) has had two full weeks of training and Michael (Gspurning) has really only had one week of training and we felt that Marcus did alright last week so we wanted to come with him again and we wanted Michael to get another week of training in.

Mauro Rosales– Midfield, Seattle Sounders FC Thoughts on getting an early goal and what it did for the team…

It was really good for us to control the game, it was very good to get an early goal. Also because the weather was hot in that moment, they are a young team and applied much pressure so it was very tough to play against them and at that moment to get some space, after that to score was one of the reasons why we could get the advantage of the game. We were very happy to get three points here, away against a good team.

How important is it to get those goals in the first half and not go into half tied at 0-0? It is important part of the game whenever you move the ball and keep possession and you make the other team run is something that we want to do as much as possible every game. We are very happy that with Clint coming in it was the same. He is the type of player that can hold the ball and we did not know each other so well because he is just coming in but he knows very well Eddie (Johnson) and some other guys. He is a smart player, he is an experienced player and he can come in and do what he does best. He will help us a lot.

What does it mean for you guys to keep your run going? This is the way that we wanted to be. It’s something that we have worked very hard to be here. Getting points at this part of the year is really, really important. We have a few games in hand and we need these points.