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Cooper, others look for chances with trio away

Here's what some of the Sounders have had to say this week about adapting to their new circumstances:

Coach SIGI SCHMID: We know we’re missing some guys, but that’s the way it’s going to be over the next three or four weeks. We just have to get back into playing the way we played at home before we went on the road the last game.

I want us to be able to continue to play along the same lines. Obviously without Dempsey out there we have to change a little bit – just the cohesion and the dynamic a little bit. But we still need to move the ball around, we still need to combine as we have been down the middle and obviously on the flanks as well. Not only Oba, but also Marco Pappa needs to step up and make plays. Lamar Neagle as well. Kenny Cooper. Chad Barrett. Different people. But I’m confident that we’ll be able to do that.It’s a big opportunity for Kenny (Cooper). It’s a big opportunity for Chad (Barrett). Also for Tristan Bowen, for Sean Okoli, for all those guys who can play up front and play in wide positions. As we move forward, I’m sure they’ll get out there and grab hold of it.

KENNY COOPER: My mentality I think has always been the same for every team I’ve been on, whether I’ve started a lot of games or at times come off the bench: that’s always to give my best. Obviously it’s a challenge when you’re not playing games. You’re hungry to get out there and help the team and contribute. We’ve got a lot of talent -- a lot of good, honest, hard-working professionals -- and I think everyone wants to get out there and help the team out.

OBAFEMI MARTINS: I play my role always. I do my best all the time. We’re going to miss them – DeAndre and Evans and Clint -- but still, we have to keep going. … I’m a striker. I love to score goals and everything. … I’m doing well right now, but still I have to do better, trying to score more goals.