It wasn’t the theme of too many post match reports but Mike Gspurning’s remarkable fingertip save in the first half, could well have been the turning point in their 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy.
Prost Amerika spoke to the Austrian goalkeeper after the match.
Mike Gspurning: There’s always pressure until you win something
Prost Amerika: Today was an unusual game for the Sounders. There was less possession than recently but you were well protected?
Mike Gspurning: I think we had a good game. Even in the second half where we created a couple of chances; very good chances so we could have come out of here the winner too. But I think it was a good point for us or is a good point for us. We’ll take this point in the race for the Supporters Shield as welcome. We look forward to next week.
Prost Amerika: The Impact and RSL both lost. Are players aware throughout the course of the day that other scores are going their way?
Mike Gspurning: I saw after the warm up the update (on the scoreboard). Of course you have to keep in mind your game. We knew the results are going to be good for us so it ended up well. It makes the point even more important.
Prost Amerika: When you see results like that, does it take some pressure off you that you know it’s at least going to be an average day, and at best a great day?
Mike Gspurning: No. There’s always pressure until you win something. We want to win the Supporters Shield and then the play-offs is the next target. The results of other games shouldn’t affect too much our game.
Prost Amerika: Just before Eddie scored, you made an outstanding fingertip save to deny LA. If Mike Gspurning is only 6′ 4″ not 6′ 5″ does he make that save?
Mike Gspurning: Ha. Maybe I’d just have to jump more and fall down harder – no, just kidding. Yeah, I was there in the right position. I made a fingertip save. That’s my job here.
Prost Amerika: How does it increase the pleasure of a save like that for a goalkeeper when your team runs straight up the other end and scores?
Mike Gspurning: To be honest I’m so focused on the game, that I’m not thinking about the result till after the 90 minutes. Then I can relax and then I am happy.
During the game, it’s just ‘be focused for 90 minutes’ and after it, I can think about the game and be happy. It was a good game for me and the team but during the game, just try to be focused with all the emotions of course.
Prost Amerika: On the subject of the emotional and psychological side of the game, Sounders have had a bad record at this venue with LA. Today it was different; a better performance and a better result. Do you think getting that monkey of your back means you can come here with confidence should there be a play-off game?
Mike Gspurning: We know pretty well that there is a high possibility that we’ll play this team in the play-offs. Like RSL too. It’s good that we take the result.
But I don’t want to miss the other game too, the 4-0, because you learn something out of it and hopefully we can take into the play-offs a result like this one (tonight), and not the other one.
Prost Amerika: How much will you miss Zach Scott next Sunday?
Mike Gspurning: Of course we will miss him. He’s giving everything for the team. Unbelievable effort. He’s one of the strongest guys in the team. But we also have other guys who can jump in and play well so we are not afraid. We have Djimi Traore. We have Pat Ianni so we have good depth in our squad so we are not afraid that we cannot handle the situation.