SEATTLE, Wa. -- Despite missing two of its dynamic wingers, Steve Zakuani and Mauro Rosales, and forward O’Brian White, midfielder Brad Evans stepped up to fill the gap. Evans notched two goals and one assist in the 3-0 victory over Toronto FC.
"Yeah, we played players in different formations, different positions as well,” Evans said about adjustments the team needed to make. “So, I think everybody had a good attitude from that standpoint and obviously, with Steve [Zakuani] and O.B. [O'Brian White], you know, we talked about before the game kind of doing it for them so I think that was in the back of everybody's mind. But now we come together as a team and we push forward from here."
Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid noted the absences of Zakuani and White in his opening comments in his post-match press conference. The veteran gaffer called out the tribute paid to Zakuani in the 11th minute of play. The Seattle supporters held up signs with the number 11 printed, his uniform number, and chanted “Steve Zakuani” several times.
The crafty midfielder suffered a fractured left leg in last week’s win over the Colorado Rapids. Zakuani will miss the rest of the 2011 season.
Toronto FC head coach Aron Winter was obviously disappointed with the outcome and the effort of his squad.
“I'm not satisfied with some players with their performance during this match and the previous games,” Winter said. “I like more players who are giving everything because some players today didn't give everything."
Watch the video with Schmid’s assessment of the match and his emotional reaction to the loss of Zakuani.
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