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April 21, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Listening in on Steve Zakuani comments from today

Here’s what he had to say about his role off the bench. The rookie midfielder has started two of five games and played 219 minutes.

“If I have to come off the bench in every game, then I’m going to come on and do what I have to do and what I need to do, and I think against Chivas, I had a positive impact on the game. Maybe another day, I could have a better final ball and we could have scored.”

Question: Any idea whaty you need to do to start this weekend?

Zakuani: “Keep playing. There’s not much more it could be. You come into training, you work hard, you play in a reserve game, you work hard, you come on the field and you play. I don’t think I hurt myself. So I’m ready to play. So it just depends on the coach and I’m ready to accept whatever the decision is.”

Question: What’s the biggest difference between playing here in the U.S. and playing in London?

Zakuani: With this game (in U.S.) there’s a lot more running off the ball, I would say then what I was used to growing up playing in the Arsenal youth system. We moved the ball more and it’s just a different style of game. Probably a little bit more physical, too (in U.S.). I would say it does resemble England in a way, it’s a very fast tempo game.”

Question: When do you guys find out who will be in the starting lineup?

Zakuani: Same time as you guys. We don’t know every week and he [Schmid] keeps his cards close to his chest and we find out a day or two before the game.

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