Here's some of what the Sounders had to say Saturday night after coming from behind twice for a 3-2 win at previously unbeaten Dallas:
Seattle Sounders Head Coach Sigi SchmidOn the result...I think the wind had an impact on the game, sort of made it a game of two halves. When they had the wind in the first half, it allowed them to keep some pressure on us. Second half, we had the wind behind us and it allowed us to keep pressure on them. Disappointed in the first goal we gave up, obviously, but I think Stephen (Frei) showed great character, and came up with a couple big saves in the second half. That's a tough thing to do when you make an error like that, and I thought our team's ability to come back in the second half was superb.
On Clint Dempsey's play...Clint is an important player for us, and we needed to find him in the first half and didn't find him enough with the ball. Didn't find Oba(femi Martins) enough with the ball. So, as a result, our offense stagnated. In the second half, once we started finding Oba, and the subs, I thought Marco Pappa had a good impact on the game. I thought Chad Barrett had a good impact on the game. At that point it was better. The other thing we did wrong in the first half, our midfielders sometimes pushed too high to press, we got ourselves stretched by pushing up too high trying to pressure Keel and some of their midfielders that dropped deep and that opened us up in the midfield. We did a better job in the second half not getting stretched out.
On the chippy play throughout the match...We didn't want somebody to pick up a second yellow or anything like that. There was one, I think, were (the referee) gave a yellow to (Hendry) Thomas for a foul on (Gonzalo) Pineda, but he let play continue so they end up with a free kick deep in our end of the field. I would rather have (the referee) called the foul right away and given the yellow at that point. It would have been our ball. Those are things, overall, I thought the referee tried to manage the game in the first half, and he did it through the cards. That was his way of managing it, and we told our guys to make sure we're careful with it. One of the reasons we probably took out Lamar (Neagle), as well, is because he was sitting on a yellow, and wanted to make sure he didn't pick up a second.
Thoughts on the midfield pairing of Pineda and Alonso after the first half...I thought it was better in the second half because they sat more together. That was the thing, they got stretched apart in the first half where one of them was pushing really high to pressure, and we talked about it at halftime. So the second half was better.
On having this back four combination together for the first time...It was ok. Obviously, Dallas did a couple of good things. (Mauro) Diaz did some good things, and he had some good splitting passes in behind our defense. (Fabian) Castillo got a lot of good looks. I thought (DeAndre) Yedlin did much better in the second half getting control of Castillo. That was important for our team, as well. The goals we gave up the one was goalkeeper error, the other was a penalty kick, that was a penalty. I'm not going to dispute that, but we bent a lot and really didn't give up anything off the run of play.
Did he feel fortunate going into the half down one goal...We were hoping to go into the half tied. We were really sort of pissed off that we gave away that penalty right at the end of the first half. We felt if we can get in at halftime 1-1 we improve and do a much better job with the second half.
Seattle Forward Clint DempseyHow he feels after five goals in two games...I'm feeling good. More importantly, we got the win today. It wasn't pretty. I thought Dallas played really well. We've got to work on some things, but I thought we showed a lot of character coming back twice in the game, and ultimately getting the win so that's a good thing to build upon. We'll sharpen up and get better.
On playing in his home state of Texas...It's always good to perform well in Texas because that's where I developed my game in Nacogdoches and driving to Dallas playing my club ball. A lot of friends and family were here and it's nice to perform well, but like I said, the most important thing is we got the win for the team and we need to keep getting points like that, and I think you'll see us start to put in better performances and we'll tighten up and we'll get it right.
On what he saw on the free kick goal...Well, I'm always trying to take free kicks (laughs).I'm a little bit selfish. We work on them in training, and we've got a lot of guys that are good at taking them. I felt confident to take it and I hit a good one, and lucky for me, the linesman was there to see the ball go behind the line. I was glad he was able to see it because sometimes maybe they don't call that because it's so close, but if you look at the replay it did go behind the line and I'm happy to score on a free kick.
Seattle Goalkeeper Stephen FreiOn Seattle's knack for getting out of tough situations...We're not making it easy on ourselves. We need to fix those issues a little bit because you can't give up three to four goals every game, but I think the games are really important for us as a show of character when you can keep your heads up and keep plugging away and trying to step up and help one of your teammates out, it shows a lot of character and I'm very proud of the guys.
On Seattle being unbeaten on the road...We know it doesn't really matter where we play, we want to go and compete and have an opportunity at every game to get points, so we'll try to do the same thing next week at Chivas.
On the difference between the first half and the second half...Not to put blame on anything, but the wind played a bit of a factor there. You saw when they were trying to kick out of the back in the second half, that strong wind against you doesn't really help you to alieve pressure. We just came in at half and had a good go at each other, and knew that we needed to step it up in the second half, and that's what we did. We came out good in the second half, put a lot of pressure on them, and got quality chances out of it to take care of our team.