Posted below are some postgame quotes, stats and our photo gallery from Sounders FC’s 1-0 home win Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes.
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First off, a great collection of photos from our John Lok:
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Sigi Schmid- Sounders FC Head Coach
(Opening Statement…) “Pleased with the victory. We got a clean sheet — it’s been a while since we did that. That’s something we tried to improve this week, concentrating on the defensive aspect as we move forward. I thought in the second half we had some good looks, some good chances. Jon Busch came up with some big saves in the second half to keep it at one, but overall I was very pleased with our defensive effort and the things we created. Fantastic goal by Oba, showing his quality.”
(On choosing the lineup…) “Anibaba has played a lot of right back last year for Chicago, so that’s what we came with him at right back. Depending on what they were coming with — they like to play long balls and big target players — we thought Zach Scott was a good choice because he is one of our better players in the air, along with Chad Marshall. We felt that was good for us as well. Leo was healthy enough to come to the team, as well as Kenny Cooper.”
(On the offensive performance…) “It’s always fantastic when you get an early goal. We always talk about coming out and putting pressure on them, going after them early on. I thought we did that. After we scored I thought we took our foot off the accelerator a little bit, allowing them to get back in the game. They had some good passing, but a lot of it was in their deep end of the field. I wish we would have pressed a little bit more, but right now I am just happy with what we came away with. Three points is always the most important.”
(On the defensive performance…) “I think the defenders did a great job. The outside guys, Marco contributed a much better effort defensively, as did Lamar, so that really helped us as well. The nature of Anibaba and Leo are little more defensive-orientated than DeAndre and Brad, but overall, even with those guys, we would have done well because of the commitment of the team after what happened last week.”
(On the development of on-field chemistry…) “It was OK, sometimes it’s still in the making. The partnership between Oba and Dempsey didn’t hit full stride, but I think Kenny did alright. He had some good looks, as well. There was one time in the first half and another in the second half. And I thought Chad Barrett came in and had a good relationship as well. We will continue to develop.”
(On Obafemi Martins getting more touches…) “He knows he’s got to drop and find the ball a little more. When he drops, you saw Oba get touches a little more. … I thought Oba was fantastic tonight. He was busy, he was active; he put in a tremendous effort in terms of covering ground tonight. ”
(On San Jose traveling 16 players…) “We didn’t talk about it much at all except guessing what their lineup would be, assuming they would have some big guys up front. Guys are missing, so other guys are on the field, and they give you something different. The effort they give you may be something different than the other guys. A guy like Shaun Francis steps up and gets his opportunity, he wants to show a coach he belongs out there.”
(On the shutout…) “I think after last week we decided we wanted to play better defensively. We were all committed to defending as a group, so it was good to get the shutout today.”
(On Martins’ performance after the World Cup snub…) “I thought he covered a ton of ground today. I thought he was really motivated and played well. In his disappointment in not being selected, he’s not walking around moping. He is going out there and showing, ‘Hey, you made a mistake.’ And that’s good for us. What he did for Seattle was fantastic.”
(On playing in front of the season’s largest crowd…) “We always feel that. We do alright when fans show up. You can definitely sense it. It’s a little bit louder for sure when we step onto the field. There was a great energy in the beginning.”
Obafemi Martins – Sounders FC Forward
(On his goal…) “I saw Gonzo with the ball, and I just made the run and he got me the ball. There was nothing I could do other than just play it over the top of the goalkeeper. Afterward, I wasn’t sure if I had scored, so I listened to the fans reaction.”
(On getting back on track after last week…) “It was a little bit disappointing last week. We were a little bit tired, but that’s no excuse. We were better this week, we scored early and got the three points back. The one thing now is to continue to win.”
Stefan Frei – Sounders FC Goalkeeper
(On the new faces on the back line today…) “They were fantastic. I had pretty much nothing to do. I thought we were very, very determined to keep that clean sheet today, so our organization was spot on. We limited the opponent to very few chances, so it was a great, great team effort.”
(On the full-stadium crowd…) “It was awesome. Our crowd is always great. It’s awesome if you can share that feeling you have when you get a win with so many people. The more the merrier.”
(On bouncing back with a shutout win…) “It’s great. We had a tough loss last week. It’s only three points but just the fashion we lost was very disappointing. We wanted to make sure we came back strong and show we have character. We kept the clean sheet today. We’ve been scoring lots of goals, but it’s always better if we keep the clean sheet. Today we only needed one goal, so it was great.”
Gonzalo Pineda – Sounders FC Midfielder
(On the win…) “It’s just great. It’s always the best thing to win at home. It means more than other days because the last time we lost a crazy game. That hurt everybody, so today was the day that we needed to do something different, and we did. We did great. Winning is well deserved.”
(On assisting Martins’ goal…) “Pappa gave me the ball, I watched the movement of Oba behind the defense, and just tried to put the ball there. It wasn’t that great of a pass, but Oba did great. The goal — the whole thing was Oba. I just did a small part, not too much.”
(On players stepping up to fill in for absences…) “I think we have a very good team. Everybody here can play. I think we have too much talent, if someone is not on the field then another can come and do great. Today, Kenny, Zach, and Jalil did just great, and when others came in, they also did well. We have a very good team and we have too much talent. Anyone who can start can do very well.”
Mark Watson – San Jose Earthquakes Head Coach
(On the match…) “Obviously we’re disappointed to lose. I was proud of our guys tonight. I thought they performed pretty well. We’re chasing the game from pretty early on after a wonder goal, but a lot of positives in the performance. We as a team hadn’t played together and were up against a very good Seattle team. It was disappointing to lose, but I thought our team played quite well overall.”
(On what a match like this does for the team, playing so many different guys …) “It gives guys opportunities. We have a bunch of players away, suspended and injured, and it gives guys opportunities to get a chance to show what they can do. There were some good performances tonight.”
(On Jon Busch’s performance tonight …) “Yeah, Jon was good tonight. He’s been good for us for a long time so I wasn’t surprised. Once again, he made some really crucial saves that kept us in the game. It came down to the last minute where we could’ve gotten something out of the game, and that was due to his saves and keeping it 1-nil.”
(On who stood out from the guys given opportunities …) “I think everyone did well tonight. I think Billy Schuler came in not having played a lot and I thought he did well. I just think overall everyone played pretty well. We moved the ball really well at times, but we weren’t dynamic enough and didn’t have that little bit of quality in the final third to be dangerous in front of goal and to give us a chance to get back in the game.”
(On the team’s performance overall …) “Everyone is aware of our squad right now — a bunch of guys missing with national team call ups, suspensions and injuries. We pride ourselves in any team we put out, and I was really proud of the guys from that side of it. We stuck together and our guys fought right to the end. I think we’ll take a lot out of that performance to take into the next game Sunday and down the road.”
(On coming away without any further injuries or suspensions …) “It was big. It’s a big issue for us now. A couple more injuries and we’re in serious trouble. We obviously have games to win, but we have to be really careful that we take care of our guys as best we can and keep them healthy through this stretch.”
(On not seeming concerned about where they are in the standings …) “We’d prefer to be in first place right now, but we’ll regroup after this. We’ll learn from it, have a good week of training and get prepared for Houston on Sunday to try to get three points.”
Jon Busch – San Jose Earthquakes Goalkeeper
(On the Sounders’ goal…) “You tip your cap to him; that’s a big time finish from that angle. The only place you expect him to put it is at the near post. That’s the only angle he’s got and he finds the back post. You tip your hat to him because there’s nothing you can do. Doesn’t matter who you are or where you play, that’s a good goal.”
(On if anybody had tried a shot like that on him before…) “Yeah, I mean I’ve seen guys try it. It usually ends up on top of the net or out for a goal kick or whatever. He’s a world class forward and he proved it tonight on that one.”
(On the defensive performance outside of the goal…) “I thought they did great, you know? We’ve got seasoned pros on this team and I thought they did a tremendous job. It doesn’t matter who we plug in there. We expect them to play well and I thought the whole back line — Shaun, Jordan, Ty, and Brandon — I thought they played great tonight.”
(On Seattle’s chances…) “Yeah, they’re a good team. We knew coming into it especially being on the road that they were going to get their chances and my job is to make saves and keep us in the game.
Shaun Francis – San Jose Earthquakes Defender
(On returning from injury…) “I was injured before, so this was my first game coming back and I felt comfortable. I’ve been in the league for a while now so I felt comfortable coming in and playing. I thought the back line did a really good job. We stuck to our guns and did what we had to do. It was a really good goal and there was nothing we could do about that. It’s something that caught us by surprise and we have to take our hats off to him.
(On getting hurt in second half…) “It was not the hamstring; it was my ankle. I twisted it a bit and then it was kind of hurting a bit while I was back in the game. I just had to continue working and eventually it went away. I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine. It was not something serious.”
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SOUNDERS FC 1, SAN JOSE 0
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Gonzalo Pineda) 8′
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei, Jalil Anibaba, Zach Scott, Chad Marshall, Leo Gonzalez, Lamar Neagle (Andy Rose 90+1), Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa (Dylan Remick 87), Obafemi Martins, Kenny Cooper (Chad Barrett 70).
Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Djimi Traore, Micheal Azira, Tristan Bowen.
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Neagle 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Neagle 3); FOULS: 7 (7 players, 1); OFFSIDE: 2 (Cooper 2); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Pappa, Pineda 3); SAVES: 1 (Frei 1).
San Jose Earthquakes – Jon Busch, Brandon Barklage, Ty Harden, Jordan Stewart, Shaun Francis, Cordell Cato (Sam Garza, 80), Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (JJ Kovall, 88), Sam Cronin, Khari Stephenson, Atiba Harris, Billy Schuler (Mike Fucito 75).
Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Adam Jahn.
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Stephenson 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Stephenson 1); FOULS: 4 (Stephenson 2); OFFSIDE: 2 (Cato, Shuler 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Cato 2); SAVES: 5 (Busch 5).
SEA – Gonzalo Pineda (caution) 90′
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Claudio Badea, Matthew Nelson
4th Official: Baboucarr Jallow
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Cloudy and 63 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.