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Schmid happy to advance past Quakes, excited Portland is coming to Starfire

Here's some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight after Seattle advanced to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals with a penalty kick shootout win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

(Opening Statement…) "You get through. We got Portland next, that will be fun."

(On the game's flow…) "I thought earlier in the game they had a little bit of it, but I thought after that we turned it and had a little more of the game. When Barrett when on I thought he was unlucky to not get the game winner, the header where Bingham made a great save on, the shot off the post—I think we hit the post two or three times tonight. I thought we deserved to win it, but it wasn't fallen for us. Even toward the end with the corners and opportunities, you don't see Chad Marshall get an open header and put it that wide normally, so I thought we were a little bit snakebit but the guys did well and came through on the penalties."

(On Brad Evans moving to midfield…) "We know he's got that flexibility, we wanted to get an experienced player on in Anibaba. Weaver was out of guys so we decided to push Neagle up and Anibaba played well at right back. We decided to stay big because that is their big thing, and push Brad up."

(On Marcus Hahnemann's performance…) "He did well. He is an experienced goalkeeper. Tommy, our goalkeeper coach, does a good job in terms of preparing the guys for PK's. They shot in the same order when they played Toluca and it went to PK's. He had that all down and him and Marcus communicate, and it all works out."

(On the toll of the extra 30 minutes when they return to MLS play Saturday) "It's an extra 30 minutes we got to put out of our bodies. This field is really, really tough anyways, so the guys are going to have an easy regen day tomorrow, Thursday is just going to be flight and a little bit of a stretch, then we will train again on Friday to get ready to play Saturday."

(On extending the winning streak at Starfire…) "It seems to work for us, so we will try to do it again. I am excited because since I've been here it's the first time we've gotten to play Portland at home. We've always had to go to Portland. I know they are complaining we are getting all of our games at home, but we never get Portland here, so it works out."

(On the close finish…) "It's just exciting.... People like a shootout, coaches really don't, but the fans love them."

(On how he handles shootouts…) "I try to find a spot when we are shooting, and if that works I go to the same spot. And then I go to a spot when we are defending, and when they made the first one I had to find a new spot—that new spot worked pretty well."

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