Here's some of what designated player Clint Dempsey had to say tonight after his first goal as a Sounder helped Seattle to a 1-1 draw with Los Angeles:
(On first goal with the Sounders...) "It is always good to get your first goal with the club and hopefully it will continue. I was brought in here to score, to get assists, and help this team in the playoffs. We have a big game on Wednesday and we need to get on a good run. ... "It is always good to score. You don't want to have a goose egg for the season. It is good to get on the score sheet and hopefully they will start coming a little easier now. I knew that it was just a matter of time, but more important are the goals that we will be scoring from here on out. Those will count the most because they are coming in the playoffs. We need those to get the results we want and to get far [in the playoffs]." (On the quick turnaround...) "It is something that both teams have to do, and it is better for us to play at home. It would have been nice to get the win tonight and not be in this situation, but at the same time at least we don't have to travel. It is always good to play at home in front of the fans here. Hopefully they will be behind us and push us on through." (On if you owe Colorado something extra after your last matchup...) "We have to play well. It is going to be a tough game, but we need to go out and play hard. We need to fight for each other and not conceive goals as easy. If we can keep a clean sheet we have the quality up top to score goals and we should be able to get it done." (On getting the tie tonight and what it does for confidence moving forward...) "It is good to look at it in the positive way. At least by getting the draw tonight we are able to play a home game on Wednesday instead of having to travel, because it is a short turnaround. We just need to keep working hard and get on a good run, because we did have the four game losing streak. Now we need to get things right, and we have the quality on this team to do it. I'm not worried about the game from here on out." (On playing in these playoff games before...) "I was fortunate enough to play in a semi-final and two final games. Hopefully I can do one better and we can win a final game here. That is what the goal is, to bring an MLS Cup to this city and we have the quality of a team to get that done. We just need to put together quality performances to get it done."
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.