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Sounders hope Cup win carries into MLS rematch

Sounders FC Forward- Kenny Cooper (Thoughts on goal scored...) "Great ball by Pineda it hit me right on the head, he got so much quality on the ball and that's what he's capable of doing."

(On having to play extra time...) "The attitude and response by our team, I never saw any heads put down. When we got together Sigi instilled a lot of confidence in us I think and no one ever put their head down, we kept battling and came away with the win."

(On having scored 4 career goals at Starfire...) "I love it, we all do, great atmosphere. Obviously this rivalry is important to both sets of fans and you can see the support they bring down as well, but our fans are just incredible and it's great to hear them the whole game."(On scoring a goal against former club...) "All goals are just as exciting. I had a great time in Portland, they treated me really well, but that's in the past. I love being here and on this side of the rivalry."

(On the importance of the victory...) "Hopefully it gives us momentum going into the weekend. They obviously have a lot of quality and you have to give them credit for fighting back the way that they did but hopefully we carry some confidence and momentum going into the weekend."

Sounders FC Midfielder- Marco Pappa (On having to play extra time...) "It was a difficult match because we had to play an extra 30 minutes and you could see that some of the guys were tired, but at the end of the day we know we can come back. We scored the goal we need tonight more importantly we got the result and now in the semifinal of the Open Cup."

(On the importance of the victory...) "Portland is a big rival of the Sounders, so you have to do whatever it takes, and I know that we're happy with the result tonight and I know it going to give us confidence for the next game. For sure we are looking forward to the rest of the season but we have to take it game by game, so we are happy with the result tonight."

Sounders FC Midfielder- Osvaldo Alonso (On the passion and intensity while playing Portland...) "Yeah, it's the quarterfinal versus Portland. You always have to have that mentality, when you're playing versus Portland you have to give everything you have, you have to play with your heart. We did it today and I'm very proud of my teammates and I look forward to the next game."