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.