Adam Moffat’s first two games as a Sounders were a little bit rough. His substitute appearance in LA was his Seattle debut and that draw heralded the winless run which only finally ended last night against Colorado.
Some questioned the wisdom of releasing a young prospect like Servando Carrasco for the veteran Moffat, although they are in fact only two years apart in age. Moffat knuckled down and gradually learnt about his new team mates; skills and weaknesses.
In the play-in match against he Rapids, he had probably his best game yet for the club. Prost Editor, Steve Clare, spoke to him after the game:
Prost Amerika: Your reaction to your first win a while?
Adam Moffat: Yes, certainly. It’s been a bit rough. But we made it to the playoffs and it’s a great start. I thought we played well, got the result we were looking for. Kept a clean sheet.
Prost Amerika: How does this compare to the feeling you had this time last year with the Dynamo?
Adam Moffat: With Houston, it was a little bit trickier. We were in Chicago away, in this 4th/5th place play-in game so it was a little bit of a trickier game. We got through that and the momentum just started from there, rolled through the next few games. We made it to the final so I mean it’s the same kind of feeling you know. We didn’t finish the season too strong but once you get in there anything can happen.
Prost Amerika: Your own game seems to be in an upward arc after a difficult start in the early games acclimating. Do you feel that you’re beginning to gel with this side?
Adam Moffat: Yeah, definitely. Sometimes it takes a little while to get used to playing with different players and playing on different surfaces. That stuff can take a while and I’m feeling good physically. I’m feeling good. I knew it would always come. I work hard. I’m glad it’s coming along right now and it’s a good time.
Prost Amerika: At one point, you popped up on the right to assist Brad. Have you been told to be more mobile and run to where you’re needed?
Adam Moffat: Obviously Ossie can sit in the middle there and he covers a lot of ground, even if it’s me sliding in there. I’ve a good set of lungs on me. I can run around as well. It’s good to have a little bit more freedom and go around the field a little bit more and pop up in different places.
Prost Amerika: You are going to be playing in a Portland v Seattle double header, can you say with authority it’ll be a better derby atmosphere than any you’ve ever seen, even in Scotland?
Adam Moffat I think it will be. It’s going to be incredible. Just the thought of it last week when we found out it was going to be a possibility, we knew we had to get through this game and I thought ‘ha, that’s going to be something else and that’s two legs you want to play in’ and it’ll be incredible.