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September 1, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Sounders FC 3, Chivas USA 1 — Schmid/Hanauer quotes

SIGI SCHMID, coach

(Is that as sharp as you’ve been?) “Obviously we weren’t happy with the goal that we gave up because we always try to be perfectionists and so forth, but I thought our ball movement at times was good. Zakuani was sharp today. He got the better of Trujillo on the outside, so that was important for us. It’s a field that lends itself to speed of play getting faster, and I think we took advantage of that.”

(On Zakuani) “I think he got a lot of respect. Once he got them early and set up that first goal, after that I think Trujillo backed up and for sure in the second half they got people over to help double. Espinoza came back a lot in the first half to help on him. In the second half they tried to double and triple him. If you can make magical moments like that or moments that impact games, that’s what makes the difference in games.”

(On the final against Columbus) “Obviously we’re happy about playing for the title. It’s sort of ironic — it’s the team I’m coaching now against the team I used to coach. Obviously I know their whole coaching staff, I know a lot of the players there, so it’s going to be emotional that way. But we’re very happy that we’re hosting the game, and we’re very excited. We want to sell out Qwest and we want to be able to hoist the trophy in front of all of those people.”

(On Nate Jaqua and his goals coming from in front of the goal) “Well, they all count, whether they’re 6 yards away or they’re 25 yards away. He made some good runs today. We talked about it before the game, I said, ‘Hey, you’re the leading scorer in the Open Cup, you want to stay there?’ And obviously he tried to stay there or is there with the two goals tonight. A lot of the work for his goals, I mean great service by Roger, great service by Steven. We were unlucky a couple of other times — Steven’s header at the back post was one that we could’ve had as well — but I’m very happy for Nate and he got a couple goals again today.”

(On quick turnaround) “That’s just the way it is for us right now. Again, like I said, we try not to dwell on it. We try not to make a big thing of it. The most important thing is, it is what it is and you move forward and you tackle it. We’ll make sure we get the right regen when we get in there to Boston tomorrow. Everybody’s takes care of their bodies and we get them to recover and we get them ready to play again. We have to look at, ‘Do we have to make a change here or there?’ We made a couple of changes tonight. I thought Taylor played very well. I thought Tyrone played well coming in. So making those changes. Got Leo back out there, obviously. We’ll see what we come with on the weekend, but it’s a matter of how guys are and, as I said, we try not to dwell on it or make it a negative in any way because it is what it is. We can’t change it.”

(But you’re healthy?) “Pretty much. Sturgis took a little bit of a knock, that’s why we subbed him early. We weren’t sure if he could go in the second half because he had turned his ankle a little bit. I think Ozzie, his neck’s a little bit sore. Any time you play a game like that, it got physical. Nagamura got a little excited in the first half. He was kicking some people and obviously we kicked some people too. It’s not like it’s a one-sided thing, but for the most part we’re pretty healthy.”

(On two finals in two years) “I think it’s tremendous. Obviously playing at Starfire is a unique situation because the fans are so close to the field and we pack the place. It just lends itself to a completely different atmosphere. But I think every club wants to win trophies. In our first two years of existence to be able to get to two finals in the Open Cup, to win the first one and now have the possibility to win the second one, becoming the first team to win two in a row since MLS has joined the Open Cup is something that obviously we’d like to do, because it hasn’t been done and it’s something unique and special for our club to achieve.”

ADRIAN HANAUER, general manager

(On hosting final) “I’m very excited for our fans, for our team, the organization, everybody who works so hard. It is rare that you get to play for a championship at home and we’re certainly going to give it every ounce of effort to get the result, and hopefully we can collect a trophy at home.”

(Back to back finals) “As I was watching the game, we go up 3-1, I was thinking of how much I care about and appreciate each and every player, coach, individual in the organization who busted their butts to get here. This is a great team, great locker room, great attitude. It’s a lot of games. They’re working hard. They’re earning their money. I’m just so appreciative of that effort.”

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