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Pappa: Final set piece a team effort

Seattle Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa kicks in MLS soccer match with LA Galaxy last weekend in Seattle.
Seattle Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa kicks in MLS soccer match with LA Galaxy last weekend in Seattle. Associated Press

We had gotten some time with Brad Evans after he got the game-tying assist Sunday against LA, and with Chad Barrett who got the winning goal. But it wasn’t until today that I managed to get some time with the man who’s corner kick started it all: midfielder Marco Pappa:

On that final play: It was a team effort. We were pushing, looking for the opportunity to score. In that way, we got the corner kick, the set piece on which we scored. I think that was a good mentality by the team. We wanted to win the game at home, but we got a good point. I’m sure that point is going to be real important for us.

On whether he was aiming for Evans, or aiming for a spot: We train on that play sometimes. The ball has to go to the first post. I was trying to find Brad, trying to hit it with good pace. Anything can happen when the ball goes harder and faster, so that was pretty much my intention when I hit the ball.

On if he likes starting the set pieces: I’ve been making those set pieces. There are a lot of good players on this team who can also make the set pieces. It’s always really important to get the goals on set pieces. I remember also scoring a set pieces goal last season in Dallas in the playoffs. They can help you out a lot.

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