Thanks to Neil Buethe and crew from U.S. Soccer.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID
On the game:
I thought it was good. I thought the guys followed the game plan. We wanted to keep Montero high on their center back, they play three in the back. I think Montero did a good job of that. I thought in the first half we created some good chances, but we were a little unfortunate not to be on top at halftime. Second half early on I think they took the game to us a little bit but we got the goals we needed in the end.
On winning a trophy for an expansion team:
This is just important for our club and our team. It’s tremendous for our fans to be able to get this win and be able to take this back to Seattle with us. For qualifying ourselves for the CONCACAF Champions League next year, it’s a tremendous thing for our organization. Teams need to win big games to start believing they can win big games and this is the first step on that process.
On pulling out the win:
Obviously we have struggled a little bit in our League games and we’ve really struggled for the same things we struggled with in the first half tonight: creating chances and not scoring. So you know, we finally found the back of the net and we came through some adversity as well. We were missing a lot of key guys and we were still able to perform well so that’s a good thing for the club.
On the hype leading up to the game:
We just try to prepare in a normal manner before the game. I think it’s great that the front offices got into it a little bit because I think it generated a little bit more interest in the game. So from that standpoint I think it’s great. The Open Cup, I think, needs to generate a little more interest so between U.S. Soccer doing a little bit more, maybe that got a few more thousand fans out here that wouldn’t have come out here as a result of that not happening. So I think from that standpoint it’s a good thing.
It’s alway about winning championships and winning trophies.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC GOALKEEPER KASEY KELLER
On whether this means as much as his other titles:
Anytime you’re in a Cup final, whether it’s in Europe or it’s in the States or it’s with the National Team or whatever, winning a Cup is winning a Cup. We were obviously excited. We really felt this game should have been played in Seattle so we really wanted to make a point, come here and winning it for our fans and for our organization. That truly made this a first-class experience for everybody so far and a model for MLS.
I was giving Kevin Payne a little shtick, saying this is our attendance for an autograph session. But D.C. fans were great.
On things getting tense at the end:
To think that you’re a man up and you’re going to p— away a 2-goal, it would have been extremely disappointing. But we hung in there, we lost a little discipline and gave that goal away. But that’s what matters. I’m just proud of everybody.
What do you do in England when you win a Cup:
We do about the same thing. We destroy things with champagne. That’s the way it goes.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER FREDDIE LJUNGBERG
On the game
I think the game was quite a scrappy game. I think they played quite tight, played man-on-man on me and tried to get me out of the game. But they gave us space and I think we played well. We created a lot of chances, sometimes D.C. had a lot of possession but we created a lot of chances.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC FORWARD FREDY MONTERO
We knew we were facing the most successful team in Major League Soccer and their desire to win was obvious. But we came to win, no matter the opponent we had in front of us, I think our dream was to be champions. We got the goal, we went ahead by two goals and until the very last minute D.C. fought but in the end we’re the champions.
On how the game was played:
It was tough, a lot of running. I took advantage of the chance I had in the second half. We created a lot of scoring opportunities but the goalkeeper was on top of his game. After we went up and got the second goal, it was more trying to keep that score.
Just saw the SportsCenter top 10 highlights and Open Cup was in it. But they picked Wicks’ save on Montero’s header.