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Schmid: We don't want to give up first place

Here's some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to day after his team's 4-1 win at Colorado:

On the match overall:Obviously, I thought it was a good game for us, I thought we played really well the first 35 minutes. I think they had a couple of good chances, Deshorn Brown’s header where he gets behind Anibaba, you know, was a good look, and there was another good look that they had there as well. But outside of that, I thought our counter was really dangerous. We scored our goals, we had some other chances along the way. I thought the last six seven minutes of the first half, we gave the game back to them a little bit, but then the second half I thought we were really professional about what we needed to do, you know, we kept possession, we could have probably scored three or four in the second half, and we did a good job of keeping them off the board.

On if they felt they needed to respond to LA Galaxy’s result the day before:I don’t think we needed to respond, we just feel that we are a team that… we’ve been in first place for a while now, we don’t want to give it up, and we wanted to get the three points today. We are at 19 wins now and we want to keep going.

On the importance of the defense keeping the Rapids scoreless in the second half and building on that for the last three games:It was important, we talked at halftime about maintaining our concentration and our focus. We talked about the first 15 minutes of the second half being very important. So I thought the guys did a good job of getting behind. I thought Micheal Azira did a good job in connection with Alonso in the middle of midfield today. I thought we were a lot more aware of the spaces behind. Obviously, coming here playing in the heat of the day, playing at altitude, you know, we didn’t want to push the tempo of the game all that much, so we said, “let them have the ball deep in their end of the field,” so that’s why possession, I think they might have had a little more possession than us, but we just let them have the ball in that back part.

On what they did differently to mark up on Deshorn Brown:Nothing, I think they helped us out in the second half because they went to a 4-3-3 and they pushed Deshorn out to the left wing, so it just became an easier matchup for us.