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February 11, 2009 at 11:49 PM

Quotes from Wednesday’s win

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COACH SIGI SCHMID

February 11, 2009

(On the 6-1 victory over Ventury County Fusion) “The guys are getting to know each other a little bit better. The movement of the ball is pretty good. The quickness of (Steve) Zakuani and Fredy Montero create some problems. Nate (Jaqua) did a good job. I thought Lamar Neagle had a good game as well on the right. The movement of the ball at midfield from (Osvaldo) Alonso, from (Brad) Evans was good. When we had opportunities we used them and were very decisive.”

(On Chris Eylander in goal tonight) “He did well…Let him manage the game. I thought he did a good job with that. You heard him. It’s one of the aspects of his game he needs to work on. He’s got it, but he’s not very vocal. He was a lot more vocal today. And he also did a good job, not only organizing the defense, but he did a good job with his distribution. I thought his kicking was good. I thought a couple of his throws that he made; the one that he threw to Steve Zakuani on the left and got him out quickly, I thought those were very positive.”

(On Steve Zakuani making similar runs to Sanna Nyassi yesterday) “Having never been a player who was exceptionally known for quickness, having speed and quickness is such a great blessing. Obviously as a defender, you don’t want to have those guys running at you with the ball. One does it with quick pure speed, and the other one does it with a little move and speed. They’re guys that put defenders on their heels, and when you have players like that, it makes the game easier for the other players around them.”

(On scoring two goals in nine minutes against a team that had gone 180 minutes without conceding to MLS teams) “It was important for us as a young team, we’re starting to get to know each other offensively. For us getting goals tonight, and not just getting goals, but the type of goals we got, the combination plays…That’s what I was most happy about.”

(On wanting to compete right away in MLS) “We’d like to do that. It’s tough as an expansion team. You have to get a lot of things right. You got to get some people out of the expansion draft, which I think we did with James Riley and obviously Nate (Jaqua) and some other people like that. We have to get people in the draft, which we did with (Steve) Zakuani. And we have to pick up a few free agents, which we did as well with Taylor Graham. And then you have to get right on the international market, and so you get a guy like Fredy Montero, you’re starting to get that right. So we have a chance. But you never know. Preseason is preseason, and it matters how you do in the regular season.”

STEVE ZAKUANI

(On winning against a PDL team) “Coach always says, ‘it’s always better to win then to lose.’ He’s right about that. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing. It doesn’t matter which level they’re at. It’s preseason for us an expansion team, it’s an important time of the year. And to keep winning like that, it’s going to give us a confidence going into that first game against New York.”

(On working with an experience guy like Nate Jaqua) “With his playing style, his size, his frame, every time the ball is in the air, you have to be there. It’s going to flip around. And I pride myself on my speed, and try to get in behind.”

NATE JAQUA

(On moving the ball well in the first half) “I think we moved the ball around pretty well today. We were able to create some chances. With Steve (Zakuani) on the left and Lamar (Neagle) on the right, we were able to get some balls in…Good things happen for the forwards.”

(On momentum going into the game against San Jose) “Every game you can get right now at this point, we’re a new group, so the more games you can get the better. I think definitely the game against San Jose will be a better test for us. It’ll be interesting to see how that goes. I’m confident with our team right now. We’re playing good. We got some good players. Everyday we’re getting better.”

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