Tonight's 1-1 draw between New York and Seattle was played in some of the nastiest weather is Sounders history: lots of rain, lots of wind.
Here's what players and coaches had to say about it:
Seattle coach Sigi Schmid: The ball runs away from you a little bit. We got stretched a little bit in the second half. There were some passes that went past people, that went out of bounds, that if you’re dealing with a grass surface, or a non-wet turf surface, those balls are going to stay and guys are going to be able to get on the end of it.
Seattle midfielder Brad Evans: Tonight I think it definitely played into it: more the wind than the rain. In the first half for sure some balls that you think you can hit long just hang up in the air. … It definitely played into it, but still not excuses to connect passes on the ground.
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Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning: It was not nice to be honest, especially in the end everything was soaking wet. It was getting a little cold too. Always on the side of the Hawks Nest is a little more windy too. But of course we are soccer players; It’s an outdoor sport and we have to live with it, so that’s ok.
Seattle midfielder ADAM MOFFAT: “That was kind of different from what I’ve been used to. Hopefully it’s not like that too much. It makes it difficult when the weather is like that, but you just got to get used to it.”
New York coach Mike Petke: “This weather was possibly the best thing that could’ve happened to us, to be honest with you,” New York coach Mike Petke said. “Any type of disruption -- although they are used to it here -- but any time you can make the conditions and environment a bit ugly like this, you’ll take it.”
New York midfielder TIM CAHILL:
(On whether the rain had an impact on the game…) “It was nothing. It’s the way I’ve played football my whole life in England. It’s fun. You deal with the elements and we enjoyed it. We embraced the game, the moment. Basically, if you want to win games of this sort or be a force in this league then you have to enjoy the crowd, and that’s what we did tonight. […] I thought we were pretty good defensively, disciplined. We threw the caution to the wind in the second half and we got the goal in the end.”