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Shorthanded Sounders happy with three points

Here's some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their 1-0 shorthanded win at Columbus:

COACH SIGI SCHMIDOn winning with 10 men:We’re happy with the three points. Obviously, it wasn’t the way we drew it up. I think technically it’s maybe a red card on Leo [Gonzalez], but I thought [Ryan] Finley was barely touched. He just fell over. We had one where somebody got barely touched, too. If they would have fallen over I wouldn’t have claimed a red card there. We had to deal with that adversity and I thought our team showed a lot of character.

On weather delay:I thought the team was good. We stayed pretty loose inside the locker room. We had a little game of cricket going with [Eric] Zavaleta pitching and Dempsey trying to hit, so they were occupied there. Having to get re-warmed up, I don’t know if that contributed to Brad [Evans]’s injury or not, but obviously it’s always a little difficult when you’re dealing with a rain delay.

On Eddie Johnson’s goal:It was great. Good service from Mauro [Rosales]and Eddie [Johnson] is so good in the air. He’s starting to get some headers for us. He got a lot of head ball goals last year, and he’s got two now in the last couple of games for us, so he’s definitely a weapon in the air, that’s one of the things he presents and helps us with us and the National Team. He’s just got to keep it going, it’s great.

FORWARD EDDIE JOHNSONOn the game overall:Any time you go on the road, coming off of an emotional win at home against a rival, you don’t want to dwell on the previous game and [Head Coach Sigi Schmid] talked about that as far as coming out with a good mentality and putting that game aside and knowing that it’s going to be difficult here to play against Columbus because they need points as well as we need points. We knew it was going to be difficult. We had some challenges before the game with the rain delay and coming back in and after you get a good warm-up it’s hard to get that going again. [Schmid] said we don’t want to use excuses, and just for the game itself we talked about our team goals. One of our team goals was defending from top to bottom and getting something on the road. I feel like if we can defend well for 90 minutes plus we know that one goal can get us a victory on the road. We showed a lot of character. Hats off to my teammates, I though the back four, I thought Ozzie [Alonso], I thought Gspurning came up and made some good saves and I think it was a great collective team win tonight. I’m proud of my guys.

On his goal:We’re a good team on set pieces. I think one of my strengths is being dangerous in the box. Mauro Rosales and I have a good relationship. We showed last year the relationship that we had and it’s starting to click again this year. I think four of the seven goals I’ve scored I think he’s assisted and I think they’ve all been headers. We just want to as a team enjoy this win. It wasn’t the prettiest soccer, but we knew they were going to have chances. Any team at this level is going to have chances up a man especially at their home in front of a good crowd. The fans here are great and they’re behind them, but we got something out of the game and at the end of the day goals change games and I’m delighted to score tonight and for our team to have the three points tonight.

On responding to the red card and Brad Evans’s injury:To be honest, we were a bit frustrated just with the whole build-up to the game, with the rain delay, having a good warm-up and then being hyped and excited about going out and playing and then waiting for an hour in the locker room and then getting back out there and warming up again. It’s difficult. For Brad Evans, who’s played a lot of minutes, it showed with coming back in the locker room and waiting an hour to get back on the field. Hopefully he’s okay for the National Team game, but for myself as a guy who’s been playing a lot of minutes and who has been playing for the National Team I started to feel tired as well and I think it was smart of [Schmid] in bringing me out so I don’t have the same risk that Brad [Evans] had. At the end of the day, for right now – the second part of the season – it’s about getting better as a team whether it’s from a tactical standpoint or a mental standpoint. I think we showed a lot of character and I think this team two months ago we lose this game, but we showed that when our backs are against the wall we’re going to grind and try to get something out of the game. It wasn’t the prettiest game, hats off to Columbus they really brought it to us and made it difficult for us and they were a bit unfortunate but we scored a goal that changed the game and we’re happy with the three points.

FORWARD CLINT DEMPSEYOn the delay and his back tightening up:Yeah, it tightened up on me in the first half. I think it’s from the delay. We go through our warm-up, come back inside, we wait around for 30 minutes, try to go back and warm-up again, that kind of stuff. I felt it. I think maybe that’s what contributed to Brad [Evans] having to go out as well, but it didn’t help that the red card made the game pretty boring, made it a difficult game. We just really had to stay compact defensively and maybe try to catch them on the counter, but we showed a lot of character and got the right result.

On going to play with the National Team:We’ll leave tomorrow. We’ve got two games, Costa Rica away and Mexico here in Columbus at home. It’s important for us in these next four games to go get at least one win. If we do that, we’ll be sitting in a good position so hopefully we can get that done.

On his 100th cap:It’s just cool to say that you’ve played 100 games for the National Team and I think it will be good just to get it out of the way and just have it under your belt and it’s one thing that you can be proud of when you’re old but the most important thing is not the 100th cap, it’s about the team trying to get the right result in these next three games.