Even without Brad Evans and Clint Dempsey in the lineup, the Seattle Sounders didn't skip a beat as they went on the road and defeated the Montreal Impact, 2-0. The game was delayed a day because of a winter snowstorm lingering around the Montreal area.
There was no weather related hangover for the Sounders as they came out strong and put a goal on the board courtesy of Montreal Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins. The offensive pressure continued with a Martins header early in the second half to coast to the win.
After a rather so-so outing in a 2-1 loss against Toronto, Lamar Neagle justified a spot in the starting 11 with a solid game where Sigi Schmid pulled out a 4-3-3 formation.
The following highlights are from MLS, the quotes from the Sounders and the stats culled by me from various sites because they weren't including like they normally are.
SEA - Troy Perkins (own goal) 8'
SEA - Obafemi Martins (Kenny Cooper) 58'
Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Djimi Traore, Dylan Remick, Andy Rose, Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Kenny Cooper (Michael Azira 66'), Obafemi Martins (Cam Weaver 86'), Lamar Neagle (Leo Gonzalez 73')
Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hanneman, Marco Poppa, Jalil Anibaba, Sean Okoli
TOTAL SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL 4; FOULS 8; OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 6
Montreal Impact - Troy Perkins, Jeb Brovsky (Heath Pearce 69'), Matteo Ferrari, Hassoun Camera, Eric Miller, Hernán Bernadello (Santiago González 78'), Patrice Bernier (Blake Smith 70'), Justin Mapp, Felipe Martins, Collen Warner, Andrew Wenger
Substitutes Not Used: Wandrille Lefevre, Maxime Crépeau, Kari Ouimette, Calum Mallace
TOTAL Shots: 25; SHOTS ON GOAL 6; FOULS 11; OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 10; SAVES: 3
MTL - Hassoun Camera (Caution) 45'
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referee: Corey Parker
Assistant Referee: Craig Lowry
Fourth Official: Mathieu Bourdeau
Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid
(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. We were trying to get forward on the counter and I figured we could create some chances like that."
(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) "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."
(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."
(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."
Impact head coach Frank Klopas
(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."
(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."
(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."