Post Game: Sigi Schmid and Zach Scott

Sigi Schmid – Sounders FC Head Coach

On the result:
“Obviously, we’re pleased with the 1-0 win. Another shutout for our defense, which is a good thing. I thought we – especially in the second half – I thought we created a number of chances. Our finishing – we’re still struggling to find it a little bit, so sometimes you’ve just got to take a game like this. But overall, I thought we were more dangerous, overall I thought a lot of their possession was in the deep end of the field – it was possession that didn’t concern us too much and I thought we did a good job when they came forward. I thought we did a good job of contesting the ball, winning the ball in midfield and being able to turn those into attacking sequences for us.”

On if he was tempted to pull Zach Scott out of the game with a minute to go:
“No, no. He’s lucky because he plays defense. If he had been a forward we might have done that so that he could listen to the applause.”

On Zach Scott’s goal:
“It’s great. His first MLS goal and one of the original Sounders guys. Sometimes people say this or that, but the thing is he gives everything he has every time he steps on the field and his energy level is great. He competes for everything and he makes the guys around him compete.”

On attacking the Colorado defense
“They sat pretty deep defensively and so then after we scored that forced them to come out a little bit. It opened up a little bit of spaces for us to attack into. In games like this, these are games where we miss Mauro Rosales and obviously not having [Alvaro] Fernandez today as well because those are the two guys that serve our play-making type of players and breaking down a defense that bunkers in is something that Mauro is very good at. So for us, once we got the goal it forced them to come forward a little bit and then the spaces were there for us to be able to attack.”


Zach Scott - Sounders FC Defender

On his goal:
“Obviously, we work on set plays quite a bit. We’ve got a big team. We’ve got guys that can deliver some good service, so it’s just a matter of putting the ball in the right spot, and [Alex] Caskey swung in a great ball. I was able to find the area that they left open, and just put a little bit of a deflection on it.”

On the last time he scored a goal:
“I don’t even know. It’s got to be at least five years.”

On the play of the defense:
“I think it’s just being comfortable with each other. Everybody’s working hard. Everyone knows if you make a mistake there’s going to be someone there to cover you. Communication has been good. Obviously, when we break down, Mike [Gspurning] is there to clean it up. I think it’s exciting to solidify the defense.”