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July 25, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Chicago Fire postgame quotes (0-0 draw)

The FIYAAAAHHH speak…
A member of the Spanish-language media told me that C. Blanco shooed away the reporters in the visitors locker room by getting on his phone, and that he seemed very bothered about being booed. To be clear, I do like the guy as a player.
DENIS HAMLETT- Chicago Head Coach
(On his thoughts following the game today) “It was about as exciting as a zero-zero game as you will find in our league. I thought it was a great atmosphere and both teams came on here to attack. I think both teams had chances to win the game, in the end a fair result.”
(On John Thorrington receiving a red card) “He made stupid mistake. What else are you going to say?”
(On Freddie Ljungberg receiving a red card) “Once I saw the red, [I knew] that playing a man down in the heat would have been real difficult. When he got the red I thought we had a chance. Guys lose their heads sometimes in this game, and you have to remind your players to stay focused, especially my guys, with the emotions being so high. Sometimes people overact and you try to find the right balance.”
(On the play of Jon Busch) “I thought he did great today. He made a lot of great saves and was able to keep the game at zero-zero. We have a chance to leave here with points and today we did. We need some big plays today.”
(On there being two red cards in the game) “I’m disappointed with my guy picking up the red card. The first he picked up was more stupid, you just have to let it go and get along with the game. You can’t argue with the second one because he committed a foul from behind. Sitting on a yellow you can’t do that. With Freddie, I thought the first call was right with him diving, I don’t know what he said to him as far as getting the second one.”
(On the atmosphere here at Qwest Field) “It is a great environment to play; there is a lot of pressure from the crowd. You see certain calls and I think that is because of the pressure. The guys looked forward to this environment; we could have done without the heat today. You have to tip your hat to Seattle as far as doing everything right. Every team that comes here wants to bring their best game because it such a great atmosphere.”
JON BUSCH – Chicago Goalkeeper
(On handling the pressure of Seattle’s offense) “We knew it is was going to be battle today, they are very good team. They play very well at home, this is a big advantage with the crowd and everything. Honestly, I did my job.. to make saves and catch crosses. Some games you have a lot to do and other games not a lot of action. Today I was fortunate enough to make a few saves. Nate [Jaqua] hit the ball at me while I was still down, otherwise it would have been goal. Luck was on my side on that.”
(On coming into the game with more of a defensive approach) “No, we still wanted to play and try to win games on the road. We have a really good record on the road. At the same we just can’t go crazy, because they are a good team. Sigi [Schmid] put them together well and they play well. We didn’t want to expose ourselves more than we had to. We are obviously missing a few players. As the game wore on you say if we can sneak one on in that is great, but let’s not lose the one point we have right now.”
(On relying on having a quick reaction) “I use my attributes for what they are, I just to organize well, read plays and cut things out before they happen. I have decent reactions I would say and play to my strengths. Each goalkeeper is a little bit different.”
(On facing a lot of pressure today) “Yeah, especially in the first half, we did a little but better in the second half. Fredy had a fantastic strike off the near post. I thought maybe the heat both teams got tired later on the second half. Tremendous effort from our team, from top to bottom we have a group of tireless workers.”
(On defensive tactics to neutralize Seattle’s offense) “We just wanted to stay organized. If we keep our shape and blocks we are very hard to break down. It is when guys move forward and lose their space do we make mistakes. We don’t want an open run game, which Seattle likes.”

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