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September 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Sounders lament stormy weather in 1-1 tie; New York Red Bulls embrace it

Photo credit: Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times

Photo credit: Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times

It is no secret the driving rain and blustery wind were part of the story of Sunday’s 1-1 between Sounders FC and the New York Red Bulls. Here is how some of the players and coaches responded to it:

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“Obviously the ball runs away from you a little bit. We got stretched a little bit in the second half, and there were some passes that went past people, that went out of bounds, that if you’re dealing with a grass surface or a not-wet turf surface those balls are going to stay and guys are going to be able to get on the end of them.” — Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC coach

“Not a very fluid game, just because of the wind and the rain and everything. … Usually it doesn’t affect it too much, but tonight I think it definitely played into it — more the wind than the rain. Definitely in the first half, some balls you thought you could hit long would hang in the air and some guy cuts it out. It definitely played into it, but it’s still no excuse in connecting passes on the ground.” — Brad Evans, Sounders FC midfielder

“It was not nice, to be honest, especially in the end. Everything was soaked wet. It was getting a little cold, too. Always on the side with the Hawks Nest is a little more windy, too. But of course we are soccer players. It’s an outdoor sport and you have to live with it.” — Michael Gspurning, Sounders FC goalkeeper

“It’s sometimes difficult to see the ball, but it’s no excuse.” — Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Sounders FC defender

“That was kind of different from what I’ve been used to. Hopefully it’s not like that too much. It makes it difficult when the weather is like that, but you just got to get used to it.” — Adam Moffat, Sounders FC midfielder

“I love this weather. I think this weather was possibly the best thing that could’ve happened to us, to be honest with you. Any type of disruption, although they are used to it here, but any time you can make the conditions and environment a bit ugly like this, you’ll take it.” — Mike Petke, Red Bulls coach

“It was nothing. It’s the way I’ve played football my whole life in England. It’s fun. You deal with the elements and we enjoyed it. We embraced the game, the moment.” — Tim Cahill, Red Bulls midfielder

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