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Sounders FC

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April 28, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Coin flip will determine site of next U.S. Open Cup match

That’s how tonight’s game site was chosen, it will be the same for Sounders FC v. Colorado next month.

Not sure why there was no Sounders FC radio tonight, but hey, you can follow me instead right?

Here’s some postgame quotes from tonight. Buenas noches, all, and thanks “futbolista” for the Twitter shout-out.

SOUNDERS FC COACH SIGI SCHMID

(On his thoughts on the game) “Obviously, the result was great for us tonight, and it was good to get some guys on the field who haven’t been playing a lot, and for them to make our job as difficult as possible as coaches. So, obviously, [Sebastien Le Toux] had a very good game, with his two goals, [Sanna] Nyassi, causing a lot of problems, but I also thought Ianni and King played very well in the middle of midfield, kept things together for us pretty much. It was nice to have Taylor Graham back out there. So, overall, I was really pleased with how we played. We were a bit unfortunate in terms of some other chances. We had some good other chances to finish. They had some chances towards the end, but at that point, our foot was off the gas pedal a little bit.”

(On whether Le Toux made his decision of who will start on Saturday more difficult tonight by playing so well) “Always, that’s the way it should be. That’s what he wants to do. You want to have a team that has 17, 18, 19 guys that can start for you, because it’s a long season. You never know who’s going to get hurt, and who’s going to miss, so this is a good game for people to build their confidence. Seba certainly presents us alternatives, and it was nice to be able to play him up front, where he’s obviously more comfortable than he is in a wide position.”

(On the team’s depth) “Well, it’s what you want to do–you want to have depth. It’s something I learned a long time ago. The reason to have depth, more than any other reason, is you want to have good practices, and the deeper you are, the more competitive practices are, and the better the practices are, the better you’re going to be in games. So if you just had 11 really good players and the other guys weren’t very much, then we wouldn’t be a very good team. It shows that we have that depth, and that’s something that I’m very pleased with. As I said, it’s a long season, and we need everybody.”

(On Chris Eylander’s big save to keep the score from becoming 2-2) “Big save. It’s a big save, and for Chris, it’s good because he’s been out so long with the injury that he had, with the PCL tear. So coming back in the reserve game, it wasn’t the best for him, and then down at Chivas, he had a loss. So this was a big moment for him. We talked earlier in the week and his attitude was good. That’s what you want to do as a goalkeeper. That’s what Keller does for us when he plays, and that’s what Chris did for us tonight. I was very happy with his game.” (EYLANDER HAD 2 SAVES)

(On whether that was a momentum-changing moment) “Oh, definitely. Definitely a momentum-changing moment. I mean, they’re a good team. Everybody you play has got some good players and has some things. So you’ve got to be able to come up with some plays on the defensive end because they’re going to get chances. You can’t expect a game to go by where the other team doesn’t get any chances. So you got to make sure that you stop them, and you got to make sure that you bury yours when you get yours. I think that’s what we did tonight.”

(On Steve Zakuani’s and James Riley’s fitness levels) “Well, Zakuani, we’re trying to build his fitness. With him, it hasn’t been a hard week. He played Saturday, and Sunday was an easy training session for him. Monday wasn’t much either. He played tonight. Tomorrow will be an off-day, Thursday will be easier for him than it is for some of the other guys. So it’s a way for us to build his fitness for sure. Riley is pretty fit. I think I said to him that the last 20 minutes, he tried to kick back a little bit on the field, for sure, as well. That’s why they got behind us a few times on that side. Obviously, somebody had to go. We were able to rest the guys that have some knocks and bruises, and that was important.”

(On whether both Riley and Zakuani could potentially start next week) “Yeah, definitely.”

MIDFIELDER STEPHEN KING

(On having good chemistry with the attackers) “Yeah, definitely. I think our whole attack had a great chemistry going, with Zakuani and Nyassi on the outside. We bring a lot of speed, we defend really well as a group, and create turnovers and just try to go from there.”

(On whether tonight’s game was a way for him to show what he’s able to do) “Oh, exactly. Whenever we have games and you get an opportunity to prove yourself, you always want to show what you can do, and show why you deserve to be out there during a league game, so that’s a big motivation for a lot of the guys out there tonight, including myself.”

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