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July 8, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Sounders FC 2, LA Galaxy 0 — belated Seattle player quotes

NATE JAQUA, forward

(What, no third goal?) “Yeah, I should have. I wanted that one too. But no, that was a good team effort, everywhere on the field. Everyone battled hard, and it’s good to get L.A. back after getting beat up down there. It’s good to beat them up at our place. It’s one of those ones where now we’ve got to carry the momentum forward, and we’ve got to get a win against Dallas this weekend.”

(How good does this feel for you personally to be back and scoring goals?) “It feels great. It’s fun being out there with the guys, especially when everyone works for each other, battles together. Yeah, it was a great team effort. It’s fun playing those games.”

(On Miguel Montano and the combination between you guys) “Miguel did well, very well. He caused them some problems and whipped in some very good balls. Especially the one — I didn’t know if it was a goal or not — it bounced on the line and it was one I wasn’t taking a chance with. The other one was a great ball to the back post, so credit him.”

(How do you make this carry over to league play?) “We’ve just got to come out with the same mentality we’ve come out with in the two Open Cup games where we really battle and fight for on another. If we can do that, we can turn this around.”

(On playing at Starfire) “I enjoy it, it’s fun. The fans are right on top of you, it’s loud, and I like the fact that they put in that new turf. It’s made it a little bit slower, it slows it down a little bit and you can find pockets to play, when last year it was a little bit more of just rambunctious, bouncing all over the place. But yeah, I enjoy it.”

(On your fitness) “Yeah, I’m definitely improving. I think I went 80 (minutes) today, which was great. I didn’t know I was going to go that long. I can get my wind now in the second half, but I’m still not where I want to be, but I’m getting closer.”

(On your production in the Open Cup) “I don’t know. I didn’t realize it was three (straight Open Cup games with goals), but these last two I’ve just been excited to play and get out there. It’s been so long watching. Then I’ve had some good service. All three of the goals were ones where I should put it in.”

MIGUEL MONTANO, midfielder

(How he feels about the game) “Very good. Very well. In reality, very well. The first play that I did, it went well. After that I caught more confidence.”

(On playing with Jaqua) “Yes. We’ve been playing well. We’ve been practicing well together even just the two of us, crossing. That reflected in the game.”

(On being so close to your first goal) “I’m calm. I know that it’s going to happen. Keep calm and eventually in one of these games it will come.”

(Sunday’s game being a confidence builder for you) “Absolutely. The Sunday game really helped with the coach giving me that opportunity and the time of the field. It really helped for today.”

TERRY BOSS, goalkeeper

(On your performance) “I think the guys that played in front of me did an excellent job. I wasn’t, obviously, super busy. A couple decisions on crosses probably could be cleaned up a little bit. It’s a tight field so things come in a little bit faster than on a normal field. And it’s just one of those things, getting game-time decisions and making better, quicker, faster decisions. But the guys fought really hard in front on me and I’m just so thankful for their effort. I think it’s just good for Seattle and us to keep moving in the U.S. Open Cup.”

(On seeing the field) “Obviously, work hard everyday. Goalkeeping coach Tommy Dutra and working with Kasey, they just do such a good job coaching me up. I’m a really lucky goalkeeper to find myself behind Kasey and have such a good goalkeeping coach. I’m obviously very thankful for that. It’s obviously nice to be on the field, so work hard everyday and it’s nice to step on the field and make some game-time decisions and get the win, and the clean sheet.”

(On practice vs. game) “You can simulate as much as practice as you want, but nothing is the same as the game. It’s definitely nice. Every minute logged is a minute I’m better for at the end of the day.”

(On the feeling when you found out you were starting) “I knew yesterday and I was happy. That’s why we play. We want to be on the field. Obviously I’m in a situation where Kasey’s the No. 1 and I’m learning so much from him. Everyday I’m better because of him.”

MICHAEL SEAMON, midfielder

(On getting a chance to play) “It feels good. We take a lot of pride in this, the guys that are starting in these games, because this is our chance to show that we can win. So to go out there and get a 2-0 win over LA — their reserves, they didn’t have a lot of stars out there — but we proved maybe that we have the upper hand on their guys 1-24. That’s big for us.”

(On defending the Cup) “They’ve mentioned this since the beginning that one of our goals is to repeat as champions. We are the defending champions and we want to keep that title.”

(Hope this leads to more playing time?) “You try to help the team however you can right now, especially since I’m new. I got plugged into a few regular season games, and whether it’s regular season games or Open Cup, you come out here to play, no matter when it is. Even if it’s a reserve game, you come out and you try to show the coaches what you can do. No matter where you’re at, you’ve got to be playing your hardest.”

(On the atmosphere at Starfire) “It was great. After that first goal, they got a corner kick right after, and I went in the corner and I couldn’t breathe because they had that, whatever they were smoking off over there. I couldn’t breathe and I looked up. I don’t even think some of them were watching the game; they were still hugging each other, jumping in the air, they were going crazy… I couldn’t breathe. I looked up at them like, ‘Oh my gosh.'”

(On your relationship with Montano) “In the first half he was a little upset with me because there were a few times he wanted me to look over to his side. I was just going with what I saw in the first half, and I think some of my passes were a little off in the first half, and then I started again in the second half and we started to click better. With Miguel, it seems like his runs, when he goes to make them and I play him, we have pretty good timing.”


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