SEATTLE–The Seattle Sounders started the season with three defeats and one draw in their first four games. With their 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes earlier today, Seattle now is unbeaten five matches.
Forward Lamar Neagle scored in the 28th and 54th minutes of play. Midfielder Mauro Rosales struck his free kick from outside the box in the dying minutes of the first half that eluded San Jose ‘keeper Jon Busch. High profile forward Obafemi Martins struck in the 93rd minute to tally the last of Seattle’s four goals.
Man of the Match: Lamar Neagle
“I knew I had to take advantage of the chances I was given so it ended up working out. The first one was from a little closer, so that wasn’t as hard.”–Lamar Neagle, Sounders FC forward
“He’s (Neagle) always been–I’ve said it before–he’s one of those guys that’s a gamer. Sometimes at practice you sort of scratch your head and you say, ‘what’s going on?’ but then once he gets the opportunity in the games and he performs well, it’s his game performances that’ll keep getting him on the field. Obviously, this afternoon’s performance was pretty solid.”–Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC head coach
Reasons for Seattle’s turnaround
“There’s a lot of pride in that locker room and there was a lot of disappointment when we didn’t get off to the start we wanted. We had a little bit of a distraction called the Champions League, as well, that held our focus and we accomplished some things there. We were the first U.S. team to knock off a Mexican team in a head to head, and I think that can’t be minimized as to how big that was. And we were right there–we were one goal away from possibly advancing to the finals. We did well there and maybe our focus was a little too grey on that in those games sometimes. I just think the guys know their quality, they know they’re better than that, and since that game everybody’s sort of been very determined about turning it around.”–Sigi Schmid
“One of the reasons is because we are a full group training every day, full group in the locker room trying to do our best. When we are like this, with all of the players that stepped up today, we were in good form and it’s much easier.”–Mauro Rosales, Sounders FC midfielder
Mauro Rosales’ first half goal
“It’s over the wall, top corner. I think John Neely gets it, but it’s just so much pace and it touches the post as well. I mean, if you think about the placement, two of them hit the post and the other one was a and great blast from sort of 14 yards out. For us, it’s that Seattle did well and deserved to win because they scored four goals.”–Frank Yallop, Quakes head coach
“That was a great goal. The only way to prevent that is to not give away a foul there. We know they are good on service, so we need to defend a little better on our box.”–Sam Cronin, Quakes midfielder
They said it
“We’re getting healthier for sure. I think something we started talking about was, we’ve got to find our passion and our determination and our grip. If we can find that part of our game, as I told the team, the soccer will follow. On the road trip we played with a lot of passion and determination and grit, and today the soccer followed a little bit. We have to continue to that. We were talking about climbing the ladder of the standings, and we’re starting to do that now. The team’s confidence certainly is growing.”–Sigi Schmid
“Was it a four-goal sort of drubbing loss? It was. I felt that we had chances to score, but you’ve got to hand it to Seattle. They scored some good goals today and three goals were very good. They come out of the gate quick. They had a good start to the match. We started to kind of get into the game and then they scored right before half time It makes it tough. We are a team that prides itself on never giving up, and we didn’t, but four-nil never sits well with anybody.”–Frank Yallop
Quotes were obtained from personal interviews and Seattle Sounders FC Communications