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October 23, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Sounders FC 1, Houston Dynamo 2 — postgame quotesheet


On the game …

“As far as the game goes, I thought we had some good moments. I think the start of the game was good, and then after the second goal we played well and had some good chances. For us now, the focus is on playoffs, preparation, and getting our bodies right and getting our game plan against whoever it is we play down.”

On the rivalry with Houston …

“They are always a physical team. It made for a good battle. It’s enjoyable in that sense that you know it will be a good fight. Maybe it will be good preparation for the playoffs to help us get right.”


On the game …

“I don’t think we brought enough energy to the game. I thought Houston did well finishing the chances they had. We still had enough chances to come out with a result, but I feel as if it would have been undeserved, as I didn’t think we played well tonight.”

On moving forward …

“We have to move on and move forward. It’s important for the guys to realize that they have to do more and that we are capable of doing more. In this league, when you don’t bring that extra 10 percent, the teams are so close that you lose games. When you play with that emergency brake on because you don’t want to go into that ball or you don’t want to make that extra run because you don’t want to do something today, the other team gains the advantage.”


On the game …

“It was a tough game for us. We got off to a good start. It was a game that didn’t have much meaning for either team; we have already clinched a playoff spot, and Houston is already out. It was a little different weather than we are used to, and it grinded us down a bit. Coach [Schmid] was a little disappointed that we didn’t necessarily put our best effort into this game. Maybe there was an eye onto the playoffs, maybe not. Give Houston credit for fighting back and getting the two goals that won the game.”

On the team’s mentality heading into the playoffs …

“I think we feel good. We have had a tremendous second half to the season to get ourselves into this position. We just know if we play the way we are capable of playing, we can beat anyone in this league. We will have tremendous home support behind us, and I’m sure we will have great fans with us wherever we got. We want to get at least one step further than we did last year.”


On the game …

“I thought we played well. It was a tough game. There was a hard field, hard opponent, and a little bit of wind, so it became a physical match. When we got behind a goal, we could’ve put our heads down, but we didn’t. Both of our goals were some great buildup play. I’m really happy for Cam [Weaver] to score the winner for us, and really happy for Geoff [Cameron] to get the goal the way he did. This also makes two wins for Tyler to end the season out.

On closing the season well …

“All the credit goes to the guys. In the past two months, I feel we played our best stuff. It’s just a little bit sad, but we knew it was coming, that we’re not in training on Monday. These are very proud professional athletes, and it’s a great way for the guys to end the season. I’m pleased for the guys that they did it this way.”

On winning back-to-back games …

“I’m happy we did it. I like the way we did it: We went about our business very well. It’s nice to be able to win two games in a row; the guys should be proud of themselves for that. I think you can learn a lot from losing, and you can learn from winning. If the guys look back at the tape of this, they’ll find out way we won the game.”

On goalkeeper Tyler Deric winning back-to-back games …

“Tyler’s worked hard. When given an opportunity, it’s always good for guys to prove they’re ready. I give credit to Pat and Tally for not only helping him, but being supportive of him during this little stretch. I think Tyler showed he can handle it. He’s focused and ready. It’s a great group of goalkeepers that we have.”


On finishing the season …

“I’m a little disappointed in not continuing to play next week. This is the first time we’ve won back-to-back games. We don’t want the season to end; we’re playing well right now. But you can’t pick and choose when you go on those runs, so it’s obviously way too late. We’ll head into the offseason with some confidence, and I’m sure players will be working hard to improve their game so the guys that are here next year will work on reversing the things that happened here.”

On next season …

“I’d love to stay here, but it’s not always up to me, so I’ll talk with the club and see what their plans are, and we’ll see come next season. Looking back on the season that we’ve had and the fact that we’ve played really well the past two weeks and in the past six games, our record is better than it’s been the entire season. So it’s tough that this is the last day. We want to keep this run going, but that’s not the way its ended up.”


On his first home win …

“It’s definitely bittersweet. It’s nice to finish the season on a win streak. I wish we could take this on to the playoffs. I thank my team for coming down out of that 1-0 hole. It’s pretty big for the guys, and it’s good looking forward for next season that we ended off on a good note.”


On finishing the season strong …

“Even though we had a bad season, and things didn’t go our way, we finished it strong. We finished the season on a strong note and now we can look forward to next year. I think just looking around the room, everybody put the effort in this year. We had our ups and downs, and it’s really unfortunate that we didn’t make it into the post season. The team came together. Some teams can just throw in the bag and take it for what it is, but I thought we showed today that we gave it all we had on the field and tried to put on a good show for our fans, and I thought we did that today.”

On how far he has come since his injury in April …

“I remember sitting and watching training practices and wishing I could be there. And getting back on the field, playing games, finishing strong … hard work does pay off. You’ve got to put the hard work in to succeed, and mentally you’ve got to tune into the game. For me, it was a big help watching a lot of soccer. Watching the team play and analyzing the team on a different perspective.”

On playing midfield …

“I wish I had a whole season to play, to find my groove a little bit. Lovel and I started off the season pretty good. I think we had our best start of the season throughout the Dynamo career, and then getting hurt killed my confidence. But I fought back, and I like playing center midfield, I like making offensive runs. But I also like playing center back. It all depends on how Dom wants to play.”

On a potential national team call-up …

“I’m going to focus on the offseason and strengthening my knee. If they pick me, they pick me. We’ll see. I’m not going to dwell on it. I want to be there, every player wants to be on the national team. But if I get there, I get there. We’ll see.”


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