There were actually a handful of Dynamo fans in the stadium. Easily spotted in orange.
Final game report is now up.
Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear
On being happy with the results: “We knew it was going to be hard and tough between these two teams. We have to go home and win a game, they have to go on the road and get a win. These are two good teams with not a lot of differences between them.”
On having an advantage playing the next game at home: “We did the same thing last year and we didn’t win. If you depend on playing and winning at home then you’re looking at something that might not happen. It all depends, the fans don’t play, the players play.”
On how his teamed played in the second-half: “They had their chances and we started fouling a little too much. We really didn’t get forward and punch the ball into their box. We defended well and Pat [Onstad] made some really good saves. All in all to get a shut-out here is not such a terrible thing.”
On the altercation between Fredy Montero and Pat Onstad: “You know I didn’t see it. The play right before I thought was going to be a foul called and I went to plead my case to the fourth official and did not see the altercation. I asked and someone said he just bumped him. I think for a guy to fall down so easily from a chest bump is looking to get him thrown out. It is important to maintain our composure in all areas. I think Pat was upset that they didn’t call a foul, we have to keep our head.”
On making any changes for the next game: “It would be nice to change the score. We will see. I thought we did some good things tonight, such as stretching the field. It would be nice to have a little more possession of the ball. I think we were a little bit rushed tonight in the final third of the field. You go on the road in these situations and a tie on the road is that. I told the guys in here, we did something very hard, and it will probably be harder next time. We have to get ready for it.”
On getting practices at home than on the road: “More preparation can help and now we can get some rest. I think that was our fourth game in twelve days, going back to the L.A. game on Sunday. I do go back to the Chivas game which gave these guys a lift and some confidence. Being at home is always more comfortable, doesn’t mean you get what you want you have to go out and work hard for it.”
On this game coming down to the defense: “I wouldn’t say it came down to our offense. Defensively we were good, sometimes it comes down to luck. We had our chances to score a goal, Pat made some nice saves. Their goalkeeper made some nice saves, defense ruled the game today.”
Pat Onstad- Goal Keeper
On getting the shutout tonight: “It was nice to get a clean sheet, but sometimes tonight we defended with our lives. They had some close opportunities; we knew coming into the game it was going to be difficult. Freddie [Ljungberg] had some nice passes and crosses and they had some big bodies, I thought our guys defended it well tonight.”
On coming up with the save on Nate Jaqua header: “You could tell it was a good ball, if he gets enough space you know he is getting a head on it. I thought he was going either to my left or right. I made myself big and fortunately he hit it right over my head and I was able to get a hand on it. Nine times out of ten Nate puts that ball where I can’t get to it.”
On coming up with a tie with as much pressure as there was in the second half: “It was nice; the guys in this locker room have played a lot. This is our fourth game in twelve days, the guys didn’t look weary at all at the end of the game. We matched their intensity and carried it right through the full 90 minutes.”
On the incident with Fredy Montero: “To be honest I just gave him a super light bump and he went down like he normally does. He rolled around a few times. If it would have been Nate Jaqua, he would have brushed his shoulder like a fly was buzzing him. That is Fredy, and as soon as I bumped him I told myself that was the wrong guy to bump. I got what I deserved and the referee thought he embellished it a little bit.”