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Quakes coach: "Competitive game on difficult surface"

Here's some of what San Jose coach Mark Watson had to say tonight after the Quakes were eliminated from this U.S. Open Cup by Sounders FC:

(On the game…) “I thought it was a really competitive game on a difficult surface. It was tight and on turf, the ball was bouncing around a lot. A lot of stuff in the air, a lot of second balls. It was tough to find moments of quality in the game. I was proud of our guys tonight. I thought we were solid. We stuck together. We were under pressure from Seattle at times – they’re a good team and they’re always going to do that, especially up here. We had our moments to score as well. Steven [Lenhart] scored a great goal. Once it gets down to penalties, it’s really anyone’s game. I’m disappointed for our guys because they worked hard tonight.” (On playing on this surface…) “We play on all different surfaces, but I think everyone prefers grass. You have to play on these artificial ones. It’s always a little different – the ball doesn’t move the same, but that’s not a factor in the game. It’s a factor in the quality of the game, but it didn’t decide the game. We play on that surface enough that it’s not a main issue. It just changes a little bit how the ball reacts.” (On goalkeeper David Bingham…) “I thought David Bingham played excellent tonight. He hasn’t played a lot for us, but I thought he had a fantastic performance. I know he’ll be disappointed because of the loss on penalty kicks, but he was so important for us even getting to penalty kicks. He made some really big saves on a few occasions. I thought he had a really great game and just shows what kind of talent and ability he has. He’s actually been on load to San Antonio this year so he’s had some games. We thought that was important for him. That 90-minute work that he’s had over the past couple of months has really shown. I thought he was sharp and he showed just what a good keeper he is. He made three or four fantastic saves in the game.” (On forward Steven Lenhart…) “He’s been working hard. He’s been off for a long time so I think it’s taken him a little while to get his max fitness and sharpness. I think he’s getting there. I thought he had a good performance and battled hard all night and scored a fantastic goal to give us the lead.” (On any second half adjustments made by Seattle…) “I think they’re a good team. They had a bunch of good chances and forced us to defend really well. We knew that because they have good players and put you under a lot of pressure. We knew there were going to be moments tonight that we were going to have to defend the box well and we did that.”