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April 2, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Roger Levesque talks on missed chances and moving forward

(Q: What was it like starting and going the full 90 on opening day?)
“It was really exciting. It was good to get back out there in front of the crowd. I’ve been around for a long time and the support this city has given us the last couple years – and even before that or a smaller scale with the USL team – has been great. To be back out there and get the season kicked off they we way did was great. Expectations were definitely high all around, playing another expansion team, and playing at home, getting our season off to a good start. I don’t think we started great, but we scored a couple goals and were good enough to win. Hopefully it leads us to a good start to the year.”
(Q: Are you settling into that role on the right side?)
“I don’t know. Regardless of what the combination of guys on the field is, I think Sigi is going to get it right. Whether that’s me playing, me not, me coming in off the bench, I’m going to go in fighting and doing what I can for the team. So regardless of where it is, whether it’s on the right side or up top, I put in the same effort. Hopefully to help the team get in win.”

(Q: Do those missed chances sour the experience of the opener?)
“I definitely give it a thought and use it as a teaching point for what I need to work on in the next games following that. I can make sure if I get in front of the goal again I can put it in the back of the net. But at the same time, we had Fredy Montero score that second goal – the all-important second goal – right before halftime and that’s what this team does. One guys maybe misses a chance and another guy picks him up and puts it in the net. That’s what is great about this squad.”
(Q: Do you think those missed chances were too emphasized?)
“No, I don’t think so. I score that goal directly after Brad Evans’ goal and they’re on their heels and we have the momentum, we have the crowd. It’s definitely a game-changer, me missing that. It shifts momentum a little bit. It gives the other team a chance to get back in it. We always talk about if a defender messes up and the other team scores, they’re under the gun and in the spotlight. But if a forward or midfielder misses a chance, people move on. It has to be the same emphasis. And that’s what we’re shooting for. Whether that’s me missing a chance, or whatever, we need to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
(Q: Did those misses change your mindset in the game?)
“I don’t think so. We talk about how it’s always got to be the next play. The best players in the world miss chances and give the ball away at times. So you can’t sit there and dwell on it. You have to focus on what’s next and helping the team. Continue to move forward and continue to play soccer.”


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