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Sounders FC

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September 29, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Sounders FC 2, C.D. Marathon 0 — Seattle players react

MIKE FUCITO, forward

(On scoring two goals) “Felt great. I always like to score and I’m glad that we were able to hold on and win. That makes scoring I think that much more meaningful when we can actually win the game.”

(On the first goal) “I just saw that the defender was kind of running back. The ball was bouncing. I figured I’d take a chance and pressure him. I was able to kind of poke my head in and get by him and then finish.”

(On the second goal) “The free kick just comes from Sigi. The other day in practice he had me trying some things in a similar situation where I was bending it over the wall and into the near post. After working on that for a little bit, it translated to the game.”

(On the injury) “It happened immediately after the kickoff when I was pressuring the defender. He went to clear it and I kind of blocked it and landed and rolled it a little bit.”

TYRONE MARSHALL, defender

(On the match) “We showed good character today, knowing that we couldn’t qualify. We wanted to come back and win a home game in front of our fans. The last four games we were a bit unlucky. But it was a learning curve for us. Being on the road the first couple of games and just had a tough experience and a tough go around, giving up some goals that we shouldn’t have given up and just having some bad calls against us. We came here tonight, we wanted to come out and have a good goal and get a shutout and score some goals and feel what it’s like to get a victory in the CONCACAF. It’s a great feeling overall. I thought the team overall did well. Everyone collectively played great. We said we wanted 90 minutes of concentration out there and that’s what we did tonight. It was a good overall team effort.”

(On being the captain) “It makes me feel good. It shows that guys are responding. It showed good leadership out there and there is good camaraderie on the field. That’s what it takes. We are all leaders on the field. One person had to wear the captain’s band tonight but overall I think everyone was a leader tonight on the field. That’s why we got the victory.”

(On what Sounders FC learned from this experience) “What we learned is that we have to be mentally stronger. We have to go in there and know that we are not going to get anything given to us. Whenever we score a goal we have to make sure we protect that lead and do whatever it takes. Obviously going forward, the young boys have to learn how to play, be a part of the team in terms of whenever they get an opportunity they have got to step up and show the coach that they want to play. [. . .] It’s important for us going forward that we take the little things away from the game that’s going to make us better in the future. Hopefully we can make it next year and we can come back.”

TYSON WAHL, defender

(Getting first team’s int’l victory) “It’s a relief to finally get our first win in the Champions League. I think we’ve been a little unlucky and been in some games that we should’ve won — we kind of had a couple lapses, a couple 10-15 lapses where we weren’t playing well and let games slip. It was definitely a relief to finally win one of the Champions League games. It’s exciting.”

(On minutes being meaningful for reserves) “Exactly. It’s still very meaningful for the second-team guys who are trying to break in and stay fit and make the 18 and try to fight for a starting spot. Every game is meaningful. It’s good. I think both teams, the first and second teams, are playing really well. It’s good timing leading into the playoffs and hopefully we can have a couple more wins and clinch the playoffs and have some momentum going in there.”

(On being aware of setting history) “Yeah, it’s great. It’s exciting to be the first team to do so.”

(On Fucito) “He had a rough beginning half or two-thirds of the season. He’s definitely a passionate player that came back and got fit. Obviously he can change games, and he has in the last two games. Pretty happy for him.”

(On getting a shutout) “Every game the defense wants to get a shutout, but even more so we still had that sour taste in our mouth from the Monterrey game. It was the same team out there more or less, without Jaqua, but we wanted to clean that up a little bit.”

PETER VAGENAS, midfielder

(On getting out there again) “I felt great. It’s obviously been a personal struggle for me but to get out there — obviously I’ve been training now for about 7-8 days — it felt great.”

(On Fucito) “I think it’s great because he’s a young kid and he busts his (butt) everyday and you want to see that in young kids. He realizes he’s got a long run ahead of him and whether he scores three goals one night or zero the next day, he comes in and he’s the same kid. And that’s important because there’s going to be ups and downs in his career and it’s good to say people like that be successful. … And the free kick was lucky, he’ll never do that again (jokes).”

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