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August 28, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Sounders FC 2, Chicago Fire 1 — Seattle player quotes

FREDY MONTERO, forward (via translator)

(On the importance of the goal and the win) “It was a very big goal. We’ve been dreaming about this situation: a goal so late in the game, giving us the three points, putting us closer to the playoffs.”

(On scoring two goals against Ljungberg’s team) “It’s a good team and one player doesn’t make the entire team.”

(On his last goal) “It was an excellent ball from Sturgis so all the credit to him. It was a deserved goal and we continue with the season.”

(On his first goal) “It was first of all a very intelligent placement of the ball from (Tyson Wahl). When I first controlled the ball it was still bouncing in front of me and I thought that if I shot then it could go too high. So I managed to control it perfectly again and shot it to the goal.”

TYSON WAHL, defender

(Your role on the assist) “It’s been a while since I’ve played a game, so it took me a couple touches to get my feet under me. I controlled the ball and saw they had a pretty high line. Fredy was just waiting to cheat it and there was a lot of space to whip it in there. So I whipped it in, it skipped off the turf pretty nicely and he finished up his second chance on it. I was pretty thankful that he finished it because it was my first assist. I was pretty excited. I was sitting there cheering by myself for a minute.”

(First career assist?) “First career assist, yeah. So I was excited.”

(On playing for the first time in a while) “We have a deep team so I’ve been, I feel like, a little unfortunate this year. I’ve tried to stay pretty fit waiting for my turn and my call up. I’ve been running a lot. Like I said, after the first 20 minutes I got my feet under myself, I felt good. It’s nice to get a team win at the end there.”

NATHAN STURGIS, midfielder

(On your role on the winning goal) “The ball went out of bounds. James was running to it so I tried to get out there before they could react and close me down. Got the ball, turned, just saw guys in the box so I just tried to hit a good cross. Fortunately it got over everyone and got to Fredy on the back post.

(On Chicago being susceptible to crosses) “Any team, any situation, if you can get a quick restart sometimes the other team shuts down in that situation and aren’t really paying attention or aren’t seeing guys behind them. I think anytime you can get a quick restart or just something to change the pace of the game where you can catch defenses off guard. … It’s something I’m always trying to do.”

(Surprised Montero was so open?) “Yeah. They kind of lost him. They had defenders back there, but maybe they misjudged the ball and didn’t see him at the back post. It happens sometimes.”

(Can this be a season-defining win?) “I think it can. We need to win our games at home. At the end of the season a lot of games are on the road. So it’s really important to get three points at home so we don’t have as much pressure on the road to get points. I think it was a really big game for us.”

(On defending Ljungberg) “We were just always mindful of where Freddie’s going to be. For the most part, Alonso took over that job to make sure he was on him. Even for our backline we were pushing high. We did a good job of always looking for him, seeing where we was and whoever was closest to him picking him up and putting him under pressure.”


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