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Sounders inch onto Supporters Shield pace

With their 1-0 win over Chivas USA tonight, the Sounders moved to the top points-per-game average in MLS (1.72), which if maintained would put them on pace for their first Supporters Shield.

Some reaction from coach Sigi Schmid and goalkeeper Michael Gspruning:

SCHMID: As long as we maintain it. We talked about it before the game. We said this is one of our games in hand, this is a game-in-hand game. There’s three points, and we’re holding them in our hand. Do we want to put them in our pockets or do we want to throw them away? And we decided to put them in our pockets. So as long as we take each of those games in hand that we have and continue to put them in our pocket, then we’ll be able to climb and raise up the standings.

GSPURNING: We just work the normal way. It’s good that we have a positive run, but nobody forgot about the start of the season. We took our lessons. We know this is hard work to get back here. We fighted back after this bad start. Of course, if there is a chance to take it we want to take it.

GSPURNING on Sounders catching LA for second in West by points: "It's absolutely a step forward and we have the momentum on our side. We have to keep going. This was a very important game because it was a game in hand and we took home the three points. There's not a lot of time to breathe because we have Chicago on Saturday and Salt Lake, a big game, next week."