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Sounders vs. Fire, U.S. Open Cup semis: Highlights, stats and quotes

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It feels good.

What do you say after beating an opponent 6-0, especially with the chance to advance to a Cup final? The Seattle Sounders were, understandably, a bit sheepish. Lots of sly grins, careful not to gloat, avoiding any literal back-flips. But, man, that had to feel good. It certainly felt good to watch.

The Sounders started strong and never really let up. Although the Fire managed to put up a semblance of a fight in the first half, 10 minutes into the second half it almost seemed like the Sounders were playing a man up. The transition just kept churning and churning. It was as dominating a performance as you'll likely ever see one MLS team put up against another and the scoreline would have been worse if not for two goals being disallowed

That the Fire were using a lineup that was virtually the same as the one they used over the weekend in MLS play and the Sounders used one specked with reserves only serves to underscore just how much better Seattle was on this day.

It was also nice to see some of those reserve players really making the most of their minutes. Kenny Cooper was absolutely dominant, Chad Barrett was constantly disrupting the Fire's back line, Andy Rose was simple and highly effective, while Jalil Anibaba looked far more composed than we've seen at any point and Quincy Amarikwa is no slouch, it should be said. Easily overlooked was the play of Brad Evans as a left back, never looking flustered or out of place in a position he's only played a few times.


Scoring Summary:

SEA - Chad Barrett (Kenny Cooper) 6'

SEA - Andy Rose (Marco Pappa) 33'

SEA - Andy Rose (Marco Pappa) 58'

SEA - Obafemi Martins (Kenny Cooper) 79'

SEA - Kenny Cooper (DeAndre Yedlin) 82'

SEA - Kenny Cooper (Obafemi Martins) 84'

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin, Jalil Anibaba, Zach Scott, Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle, Osvaldo Alonso (Micheal Azira 64), Andy Rose, Marco Pappa (Leo Gonzalez 85), Chad Barrett (Obafemi Martins 74), Kenny Cooper.

Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Chad Marshall, Gonzalo Pineda, Cam Weaver.

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Cooper 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 12 (Cooper 6); FOULS: 10 (3 players, 2); OFFSIDE: 4 (Barrett, Cooper 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Pappa 4); SAVES: 3 (Frei 3).

Chicago Fire - Sean Johnson, Gonzalo Segares, Jeff Larentowicz, Bakary Soumare, Lovel Palmer, Alex, Razvan Cocis (Logan Pause 73), Matt Watson (Chris Ritter 73), Grant Ward (Matthew Fondy 62), Harry Shipp, Quincy Amarikwa.

Substitutes Not Used: Matthew Fondy, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Greg Cochrane, Bneji Joya.

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Amarikwa 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 players, 1); FOULS: 12 (4 players, 2); OFFSIDE: 2 (Amarikwa, Cocis 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Shipp 2); SAVES: 6 (Johnson 6).

Misconduct Summary:

CHI - Razvan Cocis (caution) 18'

CHI - Lovel Palmer (caution) 55'

CHI - Bakary Soumare (caution) 70'

SEA - Lamar Neagle (caution) 73'

CHI - Gonzalo Segares (caution) 82'

Referee: Jair Marrufo

Referee's Assistants: Eric Boria; Corey E. Rockwell

4th Official: Jose Carlos Rivero

Attendance: 4,361

Time of Game: 1:49

Weather: Cloudy, 72 degrees

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

Sigi Schmid- Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach

(Opening Statement...) "Sometimes when it rains it pours, as they say. We obviously did well tonight finishing tonight, getting the early goal. It got us off to a really good start-the early by Barrett there and a good ball by Kenny Cooper. I thought bringing some guys with fresh legs, Cooper, Barrett, obviously Andy Rose getting back into the mix, and fresh centerbacks really helped us at the end of the day. It made us a little quicker, a little sharper, which is what we want to achieve in this game."

(On Andy Rose...) "He's been held back with injuries and trying to get his fitness back. Andy is great, when he can come forward he is dangerous on set pieces like he is, and I thought he played some good balls in. It was his ball into Cooper that set up that first goal. Andy can play very simple and sees things like that, so it's nice to have him set in the back where we can use him."

(On DeAndre Yedlin...) "I thought he was good. DeAndre and I had texted back and forth before he got back and he came out and worked out a little bit on Sunday at the game. He trained with us on Tuesday. We had gone over it and I told him he was going to play, and I think he did really well."

(On Yedlin's transfer...) "I think it's great. It's a situation where in the world of soccer, most clubs are selling clubs. There are very few that are the ultimate buyers at the end of the day-maybe a Manchester United, Manchester City, or Bayern Munch-it was a good opportunity for us, a good opportunity for DeAndre and good opportunity for the club. It's great that he is going to be here because his soccer will continue to develop and grow."

(On the plan for tonight's game...) "We said we needed to play with more width. That's something we talked about before the game. I think that's something DeAndre gives us on the right side for sure, I thought Lamar Neagle did a better job on that side as well. Brad Evans gave us good width on the left side as well, Marco Pappa stayed a little wider. I think all of them responded to what we were asking them to do."

(On moving onto the final...) "It's fantastic. It's something we said to the club that we take seriously. As I said to Pappa and Jalil Anibaba before the game, 'This is the reason you came here-to battle for trophies-so show it tonight.' And that's what they did and both of them had good games. We won our first Open Cup on the road at DC and now we have to go into Philly and do it. It's going to be a long road trip, because we go from Philly to New York to Dallas, so we will be on the road for 10 days, it will feel like preseason. We will be ready for it, this is what we want to do. If you answer it, you try to win it."

(On playing at Starfire...) "It's a different atmosphere. It's electric. The best word is tradition. If we play an early Open Cup game now in CenturyLink it wouldn't feel the same, so it's sort of tradition for us to play here and I think our guys thrive in the closeness of the crowd and helps spurn them on to good performances."

(On sitting certain players...) "Dempsey's been going since January, he's been going seven months so we got to get him fresh again. Our plan was to hold him out of this one, alter his training a bit, get his freshness back... Oba would have came in earlier if we were struggling. It was great to see him get involved, get a goal and an assist as well. That helps him try to keep his rhythm."

Andy Rose- Seattle Sounders FC Midfielder

(On the victory...) "It doesn't matter who it is, we are excited to get a win. That's not a problem-who we are playing-we had confidence and we had to take advantage of the opportunities."

(On players stepping up...) "It's huge... We have players who can step up and come out with big ones like that. It's big for the group."

Chad Barrett- Seattle Sounders FC Forward

(On the approach to the game...) "They had to play on Sunday like we did and they had to fly out here. We knew they were tired. They were going to put everything they had into the opening 45 minutes, so by scoring early we could kill the momentum and really get after them."

(On starting the match...)"I started to feel tired by the end, because I haven't started in a month. It takes a while to get that fitness back, even though I feel fit, a game finish is a completely different thing, but I was happy to get 75 minutes in."

(On the team's depth...) "It's great. We had five or six new starters in today, I felt really awesome for Andy Rose. He's been injured this entire year, to see him come off and be the star of the game was huge today. We got to rest our important guys-Clint Dempsey, Oba Martins, a few other guys like Chad Marshall-and that will pay dividends against Salt Lake on Saturday."

DeAndre Yedlin- Seattle Sounders FC Defender

(On finalizing the Tottenham transfer...) "It feels good to finally get it all over with. Now I just can keep my focus on Seattle."

(On the decision process...) "It was a very long process. Asked coaches, family and friends, and coaches and family were the big one. Ultimately I feel this is the best decision for me and I am excited for the next step in my career."

(On the general reaction...) "Pretty positive. Arsenal fans don't like it too much, but for the most part pretty positive. From what I have seen the Seattle fans have been positive and they've supported me and my decision. I'm just so grateful for Seattle and I am excited for the rest of the season."

(On the opportunity...) "It gives me the confidence I need to take it to the next level. Sigi put the trust in me from the very beginning by putting me out on the field, and I owe him a lot of credit and that's why I have grown so much on the field."

(On choosing Tottenham...)"I feel it's the best fit for me. Their playing style, it's in a great location, a great team-a top team in the EPL"

Frank Yallop - Chicago Fire Head Coach

(Opening statement...) "I think just shocked and stunned with the result but I just think Seattle was better in every sort of department, so that ends up a rout, which in the semifinal of anything is shocking. It's not good."

(On when the game might have gotten away...) "Well obviously at 2-0 you have a half chance of getting back in the game but once the third goal goes in we've got to just see the game through really. You know you're not getting anything out of that match. We're still very naïve in what we did after that so you know it's where we're at. We have a great result at home against New York and then our next game we get beat 6-0. I think it's...just shocking to have that difference of a performance, just not good."

(On possibly capitalizing on a few chances in first half...) "It's irrelevant really. You can't play the game and concede six goals in the match. Whether we scored or not I don't think it would have changed anything. It would have been 6-1. So, no you have to look at it as a whole. We've been battered by a good team at their place and that's all you can say about that."