SEATTLE SOUNDERS DEFENDER JAMES RILEY
On second half adjustments:
D.C. is an absolutely quality side and they definitely keep a lot of possession. We didn’t feel it was all that penetrating; Emilio got in and was unlucky not to score and other than that the rest of the shots came from distance. I thought we had a lot of quality chances in the first half and could have been up by more than one and their goal comes off a ricochet, it’s not like they went right through us.
On the team’s confidence:
Coming in here twice and winning gives us a lot of confidence; to know that we can create chances and contain a great offensive side with an all-star line-up coming at you; it’s fun for sure.
On recent road wins:
Either when we go on the road or when we are at home, the difference I think now is we’ve always created chances but we’ve been unlucky not to score. There hasn’t been a game where we were absolutely dominated in creating chances-minus San Jose. It’s being away and continuing to do the same things we have been doing – creating chances, finding our stride and going in.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS GOALKEEPER KASEY KELLER
On winning on the road:
Well obviously we won on the road in L.A. and we’ve won now so we’re very happy. We won the [Open] Cup on the road so it’s been a nice little run for us. We knew we had a lot of away games coming up at the end of the season and it’s nice to be able to catch that away form. We have two extremely important home games left and we obviously haven’t been scoring the goals at home that we wanted to so we just can’t think now we have good road form and we’re just going to take for granted that we’re going to go home and win. People enjoy coming to our house to play because of the atmosphere and the crowd. So we have to continue to stamp our authority at home as well. But very happy that we got that road monkey off our back and are now feeling comfortable leaving Seattle.
On Seattle fans in D.C.:
Well I mean we had a couple hundred at the [Open] Cup game so I mean that was tremendous and we landed at Boeing Field at 4:30 in the morning and had a couple hundred people waiting for us so it shows what our support is like. Once again, just to have the Seattle faithful here supporting us, we obviously take a lot of pride in that and so do they. It’s always nice to be able to reward people for their trip and their effort to support us on the road.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FORWARD STEVE ZAKUANI
On scoring early:
It’s very important. Those first twenty minutes are going to be tough because they are coming with a flow of energy with a huge crowd behind them. So we score first in this kind of game and its gives you confidence and something to protect. So that was very key. The goal was just a good counterattack. I think Pete [Vagenas] played a good ball through and then I’m one on one with Wicks and it’s about staying calm and I managed to just sort of poke it in there and it went in the goal.
On building momentum for the playoffs:
The win at L.A. Galaxy was big because I feel the Galaxy was playing some great stuff at the time and we go there and win 3-0 and get the shutout. That gives us a lot of confidence. To win at Home Depot, to win here, these are the kind of things that give you momentum going into the post season. That’s what we’re trying to build. At the moment we’re just concentrating. We believe we can win anywhere and we’re showing that.
Just an FYI:
I know a lot of you could care less, but the Portland Timbers clinched the USL-1 regular-season title tonight, backing their way into it after a putrid performance against the Austin Aztex Friday — I know, I watched it. Puerto Rico’s 2-1 loss to Carolina tonight sealed it for the Timbers with two regular-season games to go.
From the Timbers’s Web site:
The Timbers, who occupy first place in the USL First Division standings with a record of 15-3-10 (55pts), have captured their second Commissioner’s Cup in modern-franchise history. Portland won its first regular-season title in 2004, assembling a league-best 18-7-3 (57pts) record.
While the second-place RailHawks and the fourth-place Charleston Battery can still reach 55 points by winning their remaining regular-season matches, the Timbers hold the advantage in the three-way tiebreaker should they all finish even in points, as well as the head-to-head tiebreaker over both clubs should one of the two catch them in the standings.
As the Commissioner’s Cup winner, the Timbers will enter the USL First Division playoffs as the No. 1 seed and receive a first-round bye to the semifinals slated for Oct. 1-4.