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August 3, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Sounders FC 1, Isidro Metapan 1 — Sigi Schmid quotes

These provided by team release:

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(On Alvaro Fernandez) “He didn’t score his first game, so he needed to score this game. But no, it’s just not the goal. It’s how he’s fit in with the team. How he’s part of the group already and how comfortable the group feels with him.”

(On the difference from the first leg) “For us a different game, and for sure when Metapan scored early that put us back on our heels a little. But after that I thought we kept possession better and I knew we’d get a chance to score. The field was heavy. It demanded a lot from our condition, but I was very happy with our team physically.”

(On Metapan) “The most difficult part tonight was certainly the first 20 minutes of the game, because they did a good job of keeping possession. They ended up scoring the goal. They’re technically a good team. They spread the field very well. They play, more or less, a 3-5-2, which is different than a lot of teams play in the states, so it’s a different system. They’re a well-coached team. They’re very disciplined in their style of play and they’re a difficult team to beat.”

(On the second half) “It’s all about the character of our team. I think our character is good. The team works hard for each other. If we make mistakes, we fight and try to get the ball back again. Our character right now is exemplified by Fredy Montero because the effort he is putting in game after game. He is leading the way for us, but everyone is stepping up to the opportunities that get presented and nobody is letting anybody down.”

(On substitutions) “I thought our team played better in the second half than we did in the first. I thought it took us 20 minutes to get into the game. I was more concerned with our changes. When we brought on Alvaro, when we brought on Jaqua, I think that helped change the game for us because we were able to keep possession better and we had a physical presence up front.”

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