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Evans: 'Nine points in three games invaluable'

There is some reaction from Sounders coach Sigi Schmid and from Chivas USA in posts below. Here's some of what Sounders midfielder Brad Evans had to say after 4-2 win on Wednesday.

“Obviously it’s a big deal for us. To be able to get nine points in three games at this stage in the season is invaluable, especially with the quick turnaround. We kind of put it in the back of our minds that we had a game on Saturday afternoon, we put a lot into the game. Into the second half, a little bit of tired legs and we shouldn’t forget that we put in a good effort on Saturday, too. It’s a quick turnaround, with the travel as well and happy for the guys. Now we get a nice little break and we have another tough set of games coming up. But that’s this point of the season, that’s what we’ve come to expect. We have to make another push after this.”

On recording two assists:“I remember I came on as a sub in the game against San Jose. Four corner kicks all went to the same guy, and it wasn’t good enough. After that, I kind of worked on set pieces a little bit, and I knew that [Gonzalo Pineda] wasn’t starting so Sigi [Schmid] had a chat with me after training yesterday and how I’m going to line up when I’m serving the ball from different positions. I tried to take that into account and I think that Chad [Barrett] and Clint [Dempsey] are all calling attention in the box and Zack [Scott] as well, and I think that Andy, as he showed in the Open Cup as well, that he’s able to get his head on pretty much anything. First one with his foot, second one with his head. He snuck in and if you have decent service, the guys on our team are going to get on the end of it.”

On the team’s first-half performance:“I think set pieces, we haven’t been too strong on set pieces. To be able to get three goals off of set pieces, it says a lot about determination. The center backs got to run 40 yards every time we get a free kick and be willing to fight and scrap and make good runs. I was happy with the team in the first half, then in the second half, we get some tired legs, we get a little bit complacent and you always see that when you go four up in a half, and maybe thinking about vacation a little bit, but it is what it is and the most important thing is three points.”