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September 2, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Sounders FC 3, Chivas USA 1 — Seattle player quotes

STEVE ZAKUANI, midfielder

(Not a bad night?) “No, it’s great. Now we can look forward to the final at Qwest Field. I think that was kind of the carrot at the end of the stick. So, we went out there, got the early goal. We got the second one. They came back, but we managed to close it off. So now is a good time to win, keep our momentum going, I think it’s like eight games against MLS teams unbeaten. We just have to keep going.”

(Rough play at the end) “People react like that and get frustrated and kick you. I’ve had that a long time, my whole career. Its something you get used to. It means I’m doing my job, so if I get that every game I’ll be happy.”

(On the first goal) “Ozzie has good understanding, he always looks for me and he found me. I think I actually took a heavy touch and went wide, but then I managed to turn the defender. Nate was in the right spot, I found him, and he finished it off. Its one of those that we probably do a lot on the training ground and its good to see it come off in a game.”

(How long have you been doing that move on the left?) “Maybe since I was 7. It’s just something you improvise on the field. I think my game is to try to be creative. Sometimes it doesn’t work, but when it works like tonight then it looks good, so I’ll take it.”

(On Nate Jaqua) “I’ve said from the beginning, I enjoy playing with Nate a lot. He’s one of those guys. He’s always going to be in the box. He makes the honest runs. You saw today he got two goals just by being in the box, and hes got five goals in the Open Cup, so its no surprise. Its good to see him back. He had a tough injury, but hes back scoring goals and if it helps us win that’s great.”

(On the quick turnaround) “We leave early in the morning, so that was in the back of our minds of course. Like I said, it’s good to go over there with a win. Had we lost tonight then it’d be a long flight. It’s still going to be a long flight anyway, but maybe a happier one.”

(On playing for a final at home) “It’s going to be nice. Everyone remembers last year we wanted to have the final here and it went over to D.C. and we won it anyway. So that was great but I think playing a final at Qwest, I fully expect it to be a full house. It’s going to be incredible. Of course, you’re going to build it up — Sigi’s old team and all that stuff is going to come back into it, but for us it’s one more game. We’re unbeaten in the Open Cup as an MLS team and it’s just something where to go back to back in our second year is unheard of, so we’re really going to fight for it.”

FREDY MONTERO, forward, via translator

(Thoughts on the win) “We’re very happy. … Now it’s a matter of playing in this final.”

(On Zakuani) “All the credit for the goals, Jaqua’s and mine, go to him. A player that is coming from injury and he can still give a lot more. Credit to him. It’s always good to have a player like that.”

(On the team’s rhythm) “Excellent actually. The forwards are converting opportunities. The midfielders are arming the plays. The defenders are defending. Whoever’s coming in and out is performing well.”

(On his form) “12 goals plus a few assists and that doesn’t stop here. That’s the beginning of what Fredy Montero can do and offer, and the team can still offer a lot on the pitch.”

NATE JAQUA, forward

(Enjoying this tournament?) “Great win for us tonight. A chance to play a final in Qwest stadium in front of our fans is an unbelievable opportunity. A great, hard-fought win by the guys. It was fun.”

(On the final goal) “It was one maybe Roger should’ve taken to the corner. I thought he was going to. But I saw him kind of look up and made the run in, just happy I didn’t get crushed by Zach (Thornton).”

(On the goals) “The first goal was Zakuani’s. He made a great run and he had one right before that and I cut back and tried to get him to cut one back to me and I think he played it across and I’m like, ‘All right, I’ll cut back in that way the next time.’ He was able to find me and great ball, great run by him. On the last one Roger put one in and it was nice to finish the game off.”

(How you feeling?) “I feel all right. Good. A bit knocked up. I need to get in the cold tub, but I feel good. It was nice just to be on the field, get a start and be out there and play the whole game.”

(Injury-wise?) “Injury-wise I’m good. I’ve been good.”

(On the second cup final) “I think it’s great. Even better, it will be unbelievable to play at Qwest and a chance to lift the trophy there. Anytime you get to a final it’s great and the Open Cup is a fun one.”

(On scoring early) “I think it was big. After the second one we started to let down after that. We thought the game was over. I was a little upset with that, we started to kind of let them have the game and then they scored a good goal and got a little bit scared there. Fortunately the team rallied around, got back to playing solid and kept the ball a little there and fight them off.”


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