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May 26, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Sounders FC 3, Boca Juniors 0 — postgame Boca quotes

ROBERTO POMPEI, BOCA JUNIORS COACH (via translator)

(On the environment and the match) “About the environment, fantastic. Full stadium and people were really always cheering. In the match in L.A., I had not felt so much enthusiasm and here I saw that. The match itself was well-battled. Lots of opportunities back and forth, but in the second half Boca didn’t play that well. The second goal was decisive and killed the end of the game.”

(On MLS competition) “To learn, you really need to watch the game again. During the match, one is thinking of the game, how to change things, how to give continuity to others if you’re playing well. I do know and recognize that there’s been a lot of growth (in MLS). The advantage for the Sounders, is they are right in the middle of their season. While we, our players, are already on vacation, already on a break. The trips a day before the game have an impact. Still I’ve seen many players at a good level playing here.”

(On it still being a positive experience) “Absolutely. In this sport, one always wants to win. We are always pursuing the result, even after the end of our league. One has to understand that we played, then right after L.A. we had to come here and tomorrow we’re already heading out to Portland. Still always positive experiences come out of these, especially with a team that is growing, like I said, and observing our players also our young players that want to gain experience and explore internationally.”

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