The team got around to typing these up before I could. Main focus was on Seattle rookie David Estrada, who made his debut Saturday.
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(On reviewing game tape from New York Red Bulls match . . .) “You’re hoping some of those things go in and they didn’t go in. Even watching them on tape sometimes you end up watching and say, ‘Oh, that’s right. We didn’t score.’ Again, I thought overall when you look back on the game I thought we had some good moments. I thought they had I think three really good chances in the game as well, maybe four. I thought we had some good moments. We needed to do a little bit better. [Bouna] Coundoul came up with some big saves. Again, our execution, our runs off the corner kicks and the free kicks weren’t good enough. That has to be better. That’s something we have got to improve upon. Our guys today did a lot better just because they ran hard. As a result, they got two goals off of corners.”
(On David Estrada making MLS debut . . .) “It’s just consistent effort at training. Today he gets a goal again. Obviously Fucito got a couple of goals also so they are battling there. We thought the one week Fucito was a little bit ahead. We thought the next week Estrada was a little bit ahead. So it’s good. The competition side is good to get yourself in there. So they have got to continue to do that and continue to battle for the time.”
(On David Estrada’s development . . .) “I think he is a little more aware of where he is on the field and what passes or what kind of decisions you make on different parts of the field. So how you play in the final third offensively is different than how you play in front of your own goal and you can’t try the same sort of things there. You don’t try to nutmeg somebody or push the ball through somebody’s legs which is nutmeg, in your own third of the field but you can try that in the attacking part. So those are just a matter of knowing where you are on the field and making the right decisions for where you are on the field.”
(On David Estrada learning from veterans . . .) “He is learning all the time. We talked about something today as well. It’s always a learning process. You never stop learning. If you stop learning, it’s time to retire.”