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April 15, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Chatting with James Riley about Kansas City (Q&A transcript)

(Q: Have you been doing a little research on K.C.’s left-footed star Ryan Smith?)
“Yeah, obviously you keep your eye out for guys who are playing well around the league, and he’s definitely one of them. But like all teams that come in here, obviously we respect teams, but we don’t fear anyone. Yeah we watch tape of them and we’re looking forward to the challenge on Saturday.”
(Q: On pride at playing at home and continuing the streak of not losing two in a row at Qwest.)
“I think the fans expect results, absolutely, and I think us as players expect results. I think we put high emphasis in getting wins at home. When we were shut out by New York, I think we created a bit more chances and were just a bit unlucky. With that being said, we definitely don’t want to lose two in a row at home. So we’ll look to go out and push the game, get some goals and defend well as a team.”


(Q: What’s the concern over dropping a couple points in the last two games?)
“I don’t think there’s concern. Obviously you learn from everything. I think we had learning experiences in the New York game and the Salt Lake game. It’s definitely young in the season, there’s definitely a bit of urgency. I think any team would say that. But you can’t get too high, you can’t get too low. There will be a lot of peaks and valleys throughout the season, so we’re kind of on the even keel right now. Definitely a win on Saturday would put us on the up-slope. But definitely a bit of urgency on our part, for sure.”
(Q: Having missed the opener, did you feel a little behind the curve with your teammates on the field?)
“Yeah, it was kind of difficult because not only are you missing that game, but in preparation you’re missing all the exhibitions going into it. If you add it up, it was like three or four solid games that I missed. So obviously I’m still trying to find my feet. I’m looking at game tape and trying to work hard in practice everyday to kind of get back into my flow and get my confidence that I had last year to try and help the team wins games.”

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