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Evans: Tactically, Sounders' "best game" in LA

Here's a little more from the Sounders after their 2-2 draw against the Galaxy.

MIDFIELDER BRAD EVANSOn tonight’s game:“I thought that was tactically the best game we have had here against LA. They have always had our number especially here. We’ve had a couple of good results against them in Seattle but here they seem to always have our number. I thought tonight we did a great job of bottling up the midfield and keeping the ball to the outside and trying to keep [Robbie] Keane and Landon [Donovan] off the ball as much as possible and that was tactically what we set out to do and I thought we did it well. They are always going to get chances especially with the guys that they. Even with the chances that we had I thought we could have scored 4 or 5 if the keeper doesn’t a couple of big saves so we are happy with the result.”

On the team’s mindset being down two goals:“The mindset was take Brad off the field score two goals in two minutes. They made a tactical substitution I was sitting on four yellows so they take me off and [Marco] Pappa comes on and we have two great build ups and two great finishes within 3-4 minutes and a couple more after that. Wearing down their team a little bit and bringing on a couple of skillful guys and they make a big difference. Next week maybe we take that into consideration and with the home game and now we look at the biggest game in our club history so far.”

FORWARD CLINT DEMPSEYOn his goal tonight:“It was a ball played in. I think Oba [Martins] had a touch on it and just put it on frame.”

On the intensity of the game:“We knew it was going to be a difficult game. There was going to be a lot of energy in the crowd because of the importance of the game depending on the result but after going two goals down to fight and get a point we feel good about that.” On the team’s mentality:“To keep going, play our style and I thought we did that. I thought we played some good ball and created some good opportunities.”

On the team’s performance:“We leave with a good feeling. We got a point and we know going into the final that if we get a draw or a win we will finish top.”

On the possibilities of facing the Galaxy in the Western Conference Final:“You never know what can happen in the playoffs. That is the craziness of it so you just focus on what you can focus on and focus on the next game really. Depending on what happens on the next game depends on who you are going to play in the playoffs and then you have to worry about that opponent and you make sure you take care of those games before you can even make it to the game you are talking about.”

On next week’s game:“It will be a difficult game, a very important game and an exciting game. I think our fans will be up for it and that is what it is all about, playing in important games like that.” On coming back from being down two goals:“We take confidence in that if you keep playing and that if you keep moving and keep creating you are going to get you opportunities and I think we showed that. We don’t give up we keep fighting we do have that quality. Also we limited their chances as well even though they scored two. For the most part we played well and in the second half when we got the goals back we were the ones that kept pushing to try and get the winner. I feel good about our teams character and look forward to the challenge of the next game.”

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