Here's coach Sigi Schmid's opening statement today after the Sounders' 4-1 win over Colorado:
Obviously happy with the win. I’m pleased with how we played. I was saying that the soccer was coming and we were playing better. I thought that our play tonight overall was very good. Our combination play was very good. You could see once the guys got into a roll in the second half it was a lot of fun out there for each other. They were working and playing off each other and trying things. I wish we hadn’t given up the goal. We would have liked to have had the clean sheet. But the offensive soccer that we produced tonight was very, very good.
More from Schmid:
(On the connection between Martins and Dempsey…) "You always hope for that at the end of the day. It is something that we really try when we train—whether it's 6 v. 6 or 8 v. 8—we always try to put them together so they can look for each other and you see that showing in the game. The ticky-tack stuff they combine with is pretty pleasurable to watch. Knowing each other and knowing they'll move for each other, they'll combine, so that is our hope."
(On Martins and Dempsey mixing up their combinations…) "I think they are being smart about it. Sometimes they will play short and other times they will play it out to the wing. I think our crossing today should have been a little bit better at certain times, especially when we got to the end where we were hitting balls on the ground. I don't think they are overdoing it, but they are out there and when you're having fun you're having fun."
(On the late first half goal…) "The timing of the goal was very important at the end of the half. We had already figured out what we were going to say at halftime and we felt that we had played really well. We didn't let many—if any—looks on goal and we were getting closer. We felt confident that if we keep playing the way we're playing and sharpen up we'll get more goals. It was great getting it before halftime."
(On the defense moving forward…) "I think it's a balance we have. People do focus on [Martins and Dempsey] and they forget about us bringing the ball around. I thought (Dylan) Remick came forward really well. Looking back his runs forward were really good. DeAndre (Yedlin) always comes forward and that provides good balance between our attacking wide play."
(On Leo Gonzalez's injury…) "Leo has a hamstring injury right now so we're waiting for it to get better."
(On the team's defensive performance…) "Defensively we played well. Obviously we are disappointed to give up that goal but at that point we are leading 3-0, so maybe there was a concentration lapse. Up until that point, at 3-0, we didn't give them much of anything. But we still need to make sure we can get that zero over the line, but it will come."
(On Dempsey's scoring streak…) "It's pretty hot. In 2002, Carlos Ruiz had a pretty incredible run, but Clint's got eight goals in six games, one he played off the bench, so it's as good as streak—I don't know what the records are—as you'll see."
(On the performance of the midfield…) "I thought they played well. I thought (Gonzalo) Pineda did well. (Marco) Pappa, we like him on the left sometimes, and we like him at right at times—him and Lamar (Neagle) have the ability to switch sides. I thought he did a good job helping us out defensively, but he is an attacking player, so he contributes to our team by keeping the ball and keeping it balanced. I thought Pappa played his best game of the season for us today and I thought Pineda has been very, very steady."
(On Dylan Remick's performance…) "I thought Dylan played really well…he completed his passes to put him in good shape, even on the sequence of Dempsey's first goal it was Dylan's effort that kept the ball alive."
(On Neagle playing wide…) "Even as a wide player he's looking to get goals. Last year he only got goals when he played up front, but now he is getting goals coming in wide. If you can get 8-12 goals from a wide guy, that's pretty good production. In the past we have gotten that here… We like to have him with us on attack, because wide guys can be dangerous. He is starting to time his runs inside a little better."
(On Brad Evans getting late minutes…) "It was really a situation of Brad's training of about a week and a half, so maybe there's six full trainings he's had. I talked to Jurgen (Klinsmann) yesterday and we're going to give him some minutes in the reserves game tomorrow…. What we are trying to do now is build his fitness back, and I know Brad's mentality, he will give you everything he has when he steps out on the field. And I know my mentality with Brad is that I tend to push him sometimes. I didn't want to put him out there in a situation where gets pushed too hard and causes a reoccurrence. After a full week of training I hope to see him again next week."
(On getting a home victory…) "It was fantastic. We've talked about it—our fans are fantastic and we hadn't given them a lot to cheer about the last few home games the way the results went, but we don't think we played poorly in those games, so it was just a matter of getting the result and matching it with a performance. Today we got the result to match our performance and I think everybody that was here had an enjoyable time."
(On defeating Colorado…) "Colorado has played well. They went out on the road and hadn't allowed a goal in 200-plus minutes, and I know Pablo (Mastroeni) has tried to instill defense in his team, so to score four goals and create the amount of chances we did, is important. We want this place to be a fortress. We want people to not be happy about coming here to play.
(On Dempsey and Martins being the top duo in MLS…) "Right now, based on goals, production and points, I think they are. People could make a case for Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, and those guys together are pretty good, but right now Dempsey and Martins are as good as it gets in our league."