Here are some postgame quotes from Sounders FC’s Open Cup game Tuesday against the San Jose Earthquakes. Seattle won a penalty-kick shootout, 4-1, after a 1-1 tie.
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SIGI SCHMID, Sounders FC head coach
(On advancing…) “You get through. We got Portland next, that will be fun.”
(On the game’s flow…) “Early in the game, I thought they had a little bit of it, but I thought after that we turned it and we had a little more of the game. For sure when Barrett came on, I thought he was really unlucky to not get the game-winner, the header where Bingham made a great save on, the shot he hits off the post. I think we hit the post two or three times tonight. Off the run of play, we deserved to win it, but it wasn’t fallen for us. Even at the end with the corners and the opportunities, you don’t see Chad Marshall get an open header like that and put it that wide normally, so we were a little bit snakebit but then the guys came through and did well on the penalties.”
(On Brad Evans moving around in the game…) “Obviously with Brad, we know he’s got that flexibility. We wanted to get an experienced player on in Anibaba. Weaver was out of gas, so we decided to push Neagle up and it made most sense to bring on Anibaba. He played really well at right back. We wanted to stay big, because that was their big thing, and push Brad up.”
(On Hahnemann’s experience in the PK shootout…) “He did well. He is an experienced player. Tommy, our goalkeeper coach, does a good job in terms of preparing our guys for PKs. He told me they shot in the exact same order when they played Toluca and they went to PKs. So he had that all down, and him and Marcus communicate, and it all works out.”
(On playing an additional 30 minutes will have an effect Saturday…) “It’s an extra 30 minutes we got to put out of our bodies. Playing on this field is really, really tough anyways, so the guys are going to have an easy (regeneration training) day tomorrow, Thursday is just going to be flight and a little bit of a stretch, then we will train again on Friday to get ready to play Saturday.”
(On if there’s some magic at Starfire…) “It seems to work for us, so we will try to do it again. I am excited because since I’ve been here this is the first time we’ve gotten to play Portland at home. We’ve always had to go to Portland. I know they’re complaining that we are getting all of our games at home, but we’ve never gotten to play Portland here, so it works out.”
(On how this ranks for Open Cup excitement in the past…) “It’s just exciting. I think it was very similar to the Houston game that one year. I think it was very similar to that. People like a shootout. Coaches really don’t, but the fans love them.”
(On how he handles shootouts…) “Not so stressful. I try to find a spot when we are shooting, and if that works, I go to the same spot. And then I go to a spot when we are defending, and when they made the first one I have to find a new spot—and that new spot worked pretty good.”
MARCUS HAHNEMANN, Sounders FC goalkeeper
(On the game…) “It’s awesome, because I felt like I was at fault for the first goal that I let in, just got wrong-footed by Lenhart. He put a good shot on and I couldn’t even get after it. It was past me, and then you’re sitting there. … The worst thing you can do is try and make up for it, so I didn’t come chase any crosses and do anything stupid like when I was 22 years old what I would have done. You have a little bit more experience when you’re 42. We go into the shootout and we’ve been doing penalties for the last three or four weeks, and our guys are good. It takes everything I’ve got to try to figure out what they’re doing. They scored all theirs. I touched one. I’m not sure if I touched it after the post or before it, but saved the other one and we go through. It’s an awesome day.”
(On if he relishes those moments…) “Yeah, it’s awesome. I remember I think it was ’94 or ’95 and I got tackled by Todd Stauber. We won the shootout to win the championship. He wasn’t even on the team. I played college soccer with him and he rushed me from the stands. He was the first one out on the field. It’s great. The crowd here is awesome. It’s a lot more intimate than CenturyLink. I think we’d all rather be at CenturyLink, but this is a close second. It’s amazing and a good atmosphere.”
(On if he likes playing games here…) “Yeah. I wish it had new turf. I need about six ice bags right now, but other than that. It’s pretty good.”
(On playing the Timbers here next…) “Oh, is it? Did they win today? Oh, that’ll be nice.”
(What was that moment like when you win?) “It’s pretty awesome. You’re trying not to even think about the scores. When Lamar scored, you’re like, ‘Is that it? Are we…?’ Then Lamar went running back and everyone was sprinting forward. You’re like in your own little world. Then you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, we’re through. That’s it.’ It’s pretty awesome. Then Pappa is trying to pull my pants down. It was quite interesting.”
(On if Tom Dutra’s PK research helped…) “All the guys like at a ton of stuff. … But Tommy tells me stuff and I forget it half the time. I just kind of do what I want to do. He tells kind of what he thinks, but you kind of have to make a decision on the field on how their body is and everything.”
(On the physicality of the game…) “It’s like England. It feels like England. That’s what it’s like: every time you go up for a cross you get smashed in England, and that’s what it’s supposed to be like. It wasn’t dirty. It wasn’t malicious. He’s going up and going for the ball. I don’t even think it was a free kick, you know? He had a few fouls today. The one on Zach, I think that’s a foul. It’s a foul and you get on with it and go. It’s just the way it is. The way this field is and how tight this stadium is and a team like San Jose, that’s how it’s going to end up. We’re going to be bashing the ball long from end to end and it turns it into maybe not the prettiest brand of soccer, but it sure is entertaining.”
(On what this win said about the team…) “I think we can do anything, our team. We’ve got guys who can play really good soccer, but we can bash it with anybody. We’re getting strong. And we left a lot of guys out today, a lot of key guys. That’s the good part, how deep our team is, and we can go out and put a performance in. I think we could’ve scored four today. Their ‘keeper played really well today and we hit the post two or three times in the run of play. It was an awesome game.”
MATT WATSON, San Jose coach
(On the game…) “I thought it was a really competitive game on a difficult surface. It was tight and on turf, the ball was bouncing around a lot — a lot of stuff in the air, a lot of second balls. It was tough to find moments of quality in the game. I was proud of our guys tonight. I thought we were solid. We stuck together. We were under pressure from Seattle at times – they’re a good team and they’re always going to do that, especially up here. We had our moments to score, as well. Steven [Lenhart] scored a great goal. Once it gets down to penalties, it’s really anyone’s game. I’m disappointed for our guys because they worked hard tonight.”
(On playing on this surface…) “We play on all different surfaces, but I think everyone prefers grass. You have to play on these artificial ones. It’s always a little different – the ball doesn’t move the same — but that’s not a factor in the game. It’s a factor in the quality of the game, but it didn’t decide the game. We play on that surface enough that it’s not a main issue. It just changes a little bit how the ball reacts.”
(On goalkeeper David Bingham…) “I thought David Bingham played excellent tonight. He hasn’t played a lot for us, but I thought he had a fantastic performance. I know he’ll be disappointed because of the loss on penalty kicks, but he was so important for us even getting to penalty kicks. He made some really big saves on a few occasions. I thought he had a really great game and just shows what kind of talent and ability he has. He’s actually been on loan to San Antonio this year so he’s had some games. We thought that was important for him. That 90-minute work that he’s had over the past couple of months has really shown. I thought he was sharp and he showed just what a good keeper he is. He made three or four fantastic saves in the game.”
(On forward Steven Lenhart…) “He’s been working hard. He’s been off for a long time so I think it’s taken him a little while to get his max fitness and sharpness. I think he’s getting there. I thought he had a good performance and battled hard all night and scored a fantastic goal to give us the lead.”
(On any second half adjustments made by Seattle…) “I think they’re a good team. They had a bunch of good chances and forced us to defend really well. We knew that because they have good players and put you under a lot of pressure. We knew there were going to be moments tonight that we were going to have to defend the box well, and we did that.”
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SOUNDERS FC 1, SAN JOSE 1 (Seattle wins PK shootout, 4-1)
SJ – Steven Lenhart 24′
SEA – Kenny Cooper (Lamar Neagle) 26′
Shootout (SEA wins 4-1 on PK’s)
SEA – Gonzalo Pineda (goal), Marco Pappa (goal), Brad Evans (goal), Lamar Neagle (goal)
SJ – Khari Stephenson (goal), Alan Gordon (miss), JJ Koval (saved)
Seattle Sounders FC – Marcus Hahnemann; Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez; Lamar Neagle, Micheal Azira, Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa; Kenny Cooper (Chad Barrett 78), Cam Weaver (Jalil Anibaba 99).
Substitutes Not Used: Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso, Aaron Kovar, Sean Okoli, David Estrada.
TOTAL SHOTS: 31 (Neagle, Pappa 8); SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 (Neagle 5); FOULS: 19 (Scott 4); OFFSIDE: 4 (Cooper 2); CORNER KICKS: 19 (Pineda 11); SAVES: 3 (Hahnemann 3).
San Jose Earthquakes – Jon Busch; Brandon Barklage, Ty Harden, Clarence Goodson, Shaun Francis; Atiba Harris (Billy Schuler 94), Sam Cronin, JJ Kovall, Mike Fucito (Cordell Cato 83); Khari Stephenson, Steven Lenhart (Alan Gordon 62).
Substitutes Not Used: Jon Busch, Jason Hernandez, Jordan Stewart, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi.
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Stephenson 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Lenhart 2); FOULS: 19 (3 players, 4); OFFSIDE: 7 (Fucito 3); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Cronin 7); SAVES: 9 (Bingham 9).
SJ – Atiba Harris (caution) 20′
SJ – Steven Lenhart (caution) 34′
SJ – Shaun Francis (caution) 49′
SJ – Alan Gordon (caution) 113′
Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Referee’s Assistants: Fabio Tovar, Brandon Major
4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Time of Game: 2:41
Weather: Party cloudy and 74-degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.