Martins and Dempsey lift Seattle over Toronto
MLS: Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Toronto FC 1
the Seattle Sounders have won three of their last four matches and are in the fourth place in the Western Conference for the playoff race.
Assistant Coach Brian Schmetzer:
“Was the game the prettiest game? No. But the fact of the matter is what wins championships is grit and determination, and a little bit of good defending and timely goals. We have a combination of all those things, and I was really pleased with the effort the group showed tonight. For the record, that group is a tight-knit group and they are doing it for themselves. They all work hard from day one in preseason up to the last game of the season. They are a very committed group to each other and the influx of players has raised the level. It is a good group and I can’t say enough of how proud I am of their effort tonight.”
“We’ve just got to keep fighting as a team and keep getting sharp. We didn’t get a clean sheet, but it was good that we were able to make it difficult for them. Stefan made some big saves. And for us to score goals, that’s what we need to do. If we can keep it tight in the back, keep creating chances in the attacking third and keep getting good looks in front of goal, I think we’ll always have a chance to do well.”
“We’ve got to know that we’re still fighting for our lives here. Any result could send us skyrocketing or we could find ourselves below the red line, so that’s the reality of being in a tight conference. Knowing the situations of other teams, we’ve still got to pick up our points. … Hopefully we’ll get a few more results and some momentum, and find ourselves in the playoffs.”