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May 29, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Seattle Sounders FC 0, Colorado Rapids 1 — Rapids quotes

Rapids Head Coach Gary Smith

(On the game…) “For the players this is a big confidence boost and something they can push on with. With another clean sheet tonight, they can draw an awful lot from that. They are more than capable against the best sides to be creative and to keep the defensive side tight. You have to remember this group is in a transition in terms of formations and shape and they are still creating chances that we still need to improve on, but also making it difficult on other teams.”

(On Conor Casey and his goal…) “I think he come up with one that none of us were expecting. It is a fabulous goal and a worthy match-winning goal. And on top of that I thought his performance overall was up there with his best in general play this season. Everything that is played into his body, it sticks. He is bringing other players into the play and buying us some time to allow the midfield to join him. His ability to switch the point of attack has improved enormously. And deservedly he got Man of the Match and hopefully it give him confidence moving forward.”

Rapids FWD Conor Casey

(On his goal…) “I think Omar (Cummings) put me in (the box) and I got tangled up with the defender. I saw that Kasey (Keller) had come off his line so I looked to go to the back post with my shot and it found its way in. It’s been a whiles since I scored in the run of play, so it felt good for sure.”

(On the win…) “We haven’t had a league game in a couple weeks so to win these last two, it helps us gain some momentum. This year we have played well and sometimes without the win coming so it is good to play well as a team and get that win.”

Rapids DEF Pablo Mastroeni

(On the team’s form of late…) “We have established ourselves as a decent possession team this year and when we move the ball quickly we find each other in good spots. That is critical to our play- that we move the ball quickly. If you are going to take someone on, make that decision before you receive the ball and like-wise when you are going to pass the ball, know where you are going with the ball. I think today we did a good job of moving the ball quickly, which gave the next guy a couple more seconds. Those seconds add up over time and give you that much more time to think and make good decisions. There are a lot of thing we are still working on but for the most part I think we are quit content with the way we are moving the ball.”

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