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April 8, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Stop and chat with Kasey Keller about the road and RSL

(Q: On three-points-at-home, one-point-on-the-road philosophy with this team)
“I think one point’s a start. You know, I think if you can average one point on the road you’re going to be pretty happy. Sometimes you’re not going to win every game, you’re now going to lose every game. It’s nice to consistently pick up points on the road, if it’s wins, if it’s draws. Not to go on that streak, where you know I’ve been on some different teams that had trouble winning on the road and other teams that I think won more on the road than at home. So it’s different for every team. We know we’re going to have a good home record, and at the same time the points you can pick up on the road are bonuses. With the close proximity in talent of every team in this league there’s no reason why you can’t be as we were last year. We were 5-5-5 on the road, which is a pretty darn good road record. So if we can strive to improve against that, I’ll be a very happy man.”


(Q: How do you explain last year’s road success?)
“Last year, I think the success overall was a lot of things. I think we had a great attitude. I think we scored key goals at the right time. We also were a little bit of a surprise factor for a lot of teams. People didn’t know what to expect and that’s not the case this year. People are excited to come to Qwest Field because that’s going to be their biggest game this season. The same thing, they know a Fredy Montero and a Freddie Ljungberg. They know these guys. There’s no surprise anymore. Fredy is not going to sneak up on anybody, like maybe he did a little bit last year. So now it’s little bit of the case where you have to give that little bit extra, you have to be that little bit more honest because there is no surprise factor.”
(Q: What are your thoughts on Real Salt Lake?)
“I think it’s great for them. They had a such a difficult time their first 3-4 years as a franchise. They had that tough expansion tag where they weren’t able to put it right on the field. Now they got a new stadium. They got some excitement about them. Like I said the other day they were able to kind of squeak into the playoffs and really run that momentum and end up winning the thing. There will be a little target on their back but at the same time, I don’t worry about that kind of stuff. If we play the way we’re capable of playing, then we can win games.”
(Q: On playing in a league with playoffs to determine a champ.)
“It’s definitely different. It’s something obviously different for me having played forever where there was no such thing as a playoff. The playoffs were to get promotion. It wasn’t to win the league. The league was, ‘Who was the best team for 38 games?’ That was winning the league. This is a little bit different, but it’s the American system and that’s the way it is. I think it keeps the excitement alive. Like I said, where Real (Salt Lake) got points in their last game to get in the playoffs, and once you’re there it’s what you do. That’s where it’s a little bit different. For example, Man. U. loses a game or two and they start to think ‘Oh no, we may have thrown away our chances.’ In this league, it really just matters what happens in September and October. Granted, you have to pick up enough points to make sure you’re playing in October. And Sigi likes to quote quite often, three points on Saturday are just as equal as three points on the last game of the season. So pick them up now and you don’t have to be looking over your shoulder to see if you can get in there. But at the same time, it’s to make sure we get everything right. We get the points we need, we keep our fans excited, make sure we get into the playoffs to then have the form we need to win the thing.”
(Q: On Pat Noonan fitting in.)
“I think Pat’s done great. Pat’s an experienced player, been around the league, been around a lot of the guys. A lot of guys knew him coming in. I think he’ll be a great asset to our team. Nice to get Nate fit, nice to get Blaise here. I’m excited what’s going to happy and this team progresses. Keep other guys injury-free, we got a great squad. Good competition in the team and it will only get better with Nate and Blaise.”

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