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March 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

‘Tactically we did what we needed to do.’ (postgame quotes and stats)

Here are some team-provided quotes and stats from Sounders FC’s 2-0 road win Sunday at Montreal. Be sure to check out our game story from freelancer Sean Farrell from Olympic Stadium for more material.

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Sigi Schmid, Sounders head coach

On his tactical approach to the match

“I thought it was good. We wanted to sit back a little bit so I knew we were going to absorb some pressure, and we were trying to get forward on the counter, and figured we could create some chances off that. It’s been a little bit longer than a normal road trip with the extra day but I thought our team did a good job. You know, Perkins makes an unbelievable save on Obafemi’s header in the first half and Lamar’s unlucky when he hits the inside of the post and it goes across or else he would have had two today, but I thought tactically we did what we needed to do.”

On scoring early on the road

“Obviously it helps when you’re trying to sit in a little bit and look to counter. When you catch that goal, it makes it easier for you to continue to do what you were doing.”

On the play of Seattle’s forwards (Martins, Neagle and Cooper)

“I thought Oba played really well holding the ball up for us and allowing the team to connect in. Kenny and Lamar did a good job at that also. They play a really high line at the back, so that was something we wanted to exploit.”

Lamar Neagle, Sounders forward

On scoring in his return to Montreal

“Every game you want to score and get some points, especially for an attacker. To do it against your old team and your old friends, it’s always good for talking up later. It was a nice way to start off, especially when you’re away.”

On the team’s starting approach and scoring early from a set piece

“We definitely wanted to sit back a little bit more than we usually do and then counter. To get it on a set play, it’s usually what you kind of want to do.  When you’re an away team, take your time on set plays and make the most of them, and we did that.”

Djimi Traore, Sounders defender

On playing Montreal

“We knew they were a team that lost their first two games. That could have affected their confidence mentally. We knew that if we came here and scored early, it would put even more pressure on them. That’s what we did. We followed the coach’s game plan.”

On playing without Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans

“It shows we have a good squad. We were missing quality players like Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans, but we have other players that can come in at any time and do the work.”

Frank Klopas, Impact head coach

Thoughts on the game…

We are home and we gave up an early goal. If we look at the game, our overall possession, quality crosses, ability to get in good spots and to then come away with nothing it just seems like we’re not getting any little breaks. Although, the guys pushed all the way to the end and worked extremely hard so we have to keep going forward.

On problems creating offensive plays…

We got 33 open crosses in the box, so we definitely got in the right spots, but we pushed the game and created chances and got into the right places, we just couldn’t finish. I know the guys were excited to play at home in front of this great crowd; it’s just disappointing having to wait another week to be able to get on the field again

On Wenger’s performance…

He worked extremely hard today. It was difficult when we were sending him balls with Marshall on his back, because anytime you play balls through the middle you have to have guys that are moving off. We talked about it before the game, about finding gaps in between the lines, but when you play balls to him you have to have midfielders moving so that he can play balls off.  He definitely moved in the right moments but we had to give him more options so that we can play quicker and play the ball wide where we had success. With a forward it’s just about finding rhythm and having confidence and knowing that the next opportunity is going to be the one that goes in the goal.

Patrice Bernier, Impact midfielder

Thoughts on the game…

It wasn’t a bad game, but wasn’t a good game either. We gave too much space to the other team in the first half and then we were just running after the game. Tuesday we have to get back into playing. I won’t say that we will forget this, but we have to work on it quickly and concentrating on getting points.

On Di Vaio returning…

Marco is a player that brings fear to the other team and more confidence to our team by knowing that you have a guy on your side that can change the game in the spur of a moment. We still, as a team, need to be a unit and create better chances for ourselves. Maybe having Marco back will give us fresh legs ans give us a spark to come out with some points next game.

Justin Mapp, Impact midfielder

Thoughts on the game…

Definitely not what we were looking for, but we have to regroup and keep going. It’s always tough, but we seem to always be giving up goals pretty early so then we’re always chasing the game. I still thought we played well enough.

Did have a good number of chances…

It was a brutal and harsh game, two untimely goals against us and they didn’t have too many other chances to score. We really pushed the play and we just didn’t have that killer instinct to find that first goal and push it from there.

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SOUNDERS FC 2, MONTREAL IMPACT 0

Scoring Summary:

SEA – Own Goal (Troy Perkins) 8′
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Kenny Cooper) 58′

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Djimi Traore, Dylan Remick, Gonzalo Pineda, Osvaldo Alonso, Andy Rose, Kenny Cooper (Michael Azira 66), Obafemi Martins (Cam Weaver 86), Lamar Neagle (Leo Gonzalez 72).

Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Jalil Anibaba, Marco Pappa, Sean Okoli.

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Martins, Neagle 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Martins, Neagle 2); FOULS: 8 (Alonso, Martins 2); OFFSIDE: 2 (Gonzalez, Weaver 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Azira, Pineda 1); SAVES: 6 (Frei 5).

Montreal Impact - Troy Perkins, Eric Miller, Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Jeb Brovsky (Heath Pearce 70), Hernan Bernardello (Santiago Gonzalez 78), Patrice Bernier (Blake Smith 70), Collen Warner, Felipe Martins, Justin Mapp, Andrew Wenger.

Substitutes Not Used: Maxime Crepeau, Wandrille Lefevre, Karl W. Ouimette, Calum Mallace.

TOTAL SHOTS: 25 (Martins 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Martins 2); FOULS: 11 (Camara 5); OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 10 (Bernadello 6); SAVES: 3 (Perkins 3).

Misconduct Summary:

MTL – Hassoun Camara (caution) 45+1′

Referee: Armando Villareal
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Parker, Craig Lowry
4th Official: Mathieu Bourdeau
Attendance: 27,702
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Clear and 18 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.

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