Quote Sheet - RSL 3 : 1 HOU

THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010





Thoughts on the match:

“No ejections, no penalty kicks – I guess we could say the glass is half full on that side. It got a little hectic there at the end to give away the goal the way that we did. It felt a little bit too ragged, the way we finished the match.

“But overall, I was very pleased. Really, really pleased with the beginning of it. When we came out, the mentality, the spirit, everything was fantastic. Only had the one small black mark, but we’ll try to look past that and feel good about it.”

On ending the winless streak against Houston:

“This one, as Javier [Morales] said during the week, this one was special for us. The guys showed that it meant a lot to them. The way they started the match, the way they played for the majority of it. I think you could see the emotions in their faces in the locker room. You know how happy they were to finally beat what has been a little bit of a nemesis the last eight games now.”

On the goal-scoring instincts of FW Alvaro Saborío:

“Really, really good. He’s sort of the prototypical goal scorer. He finds himself in some great positions in front of the goal. We’ve seen now in the past several weeks that he’s had a lot of excellent opportunities and he should probably have a couple more goals. We will look for continued form from him.”


On finally getting a win against Houston:

“It was a big step for us to get towards where we want to be, and that’s an elite team in this league. If we’re going to do that we’ve got to beat everyone, and that includes Houston. We wanted to jump on them and show that we were ready to play right away.”

On if Real Salt Lake is progressing towards being among the League’s elite:

“Absolutely. You’ve got to beat everybody, and you’ve got to win three in a row. And you can’t have missteps when you shouldn’t so it was great to get a win, especially before we go on the road.”



On scoring his first goal of the season:

“Of course it’s a relief, a burden off of my shoulders. I was getting opportunities before and I was able to put one of them away tonight – and I should have had a couple of more.”

On playing with confidence heading into the USA’s World Cup training camp:

“I want to go into there with confidence and be able to perform to the best of my abilities, so it was good to get that goal tonight. Forwards can get in slumps and miss some opportunities, but you’ve just got to correct them when you get them again.”


On getting the win against the Dynamo:

“I’m very happy for the win. It was the first time that we have won against them [since 2007], so it’s very important – and it’s important to win three in a row.”

On his comfort level thus far in his tenure at Real Salt Lake:

“I feel good and have to keep going. My teammates give me a lot of confidence, and I need to give it right back.”



On his lineup for the match and getting consistency:

“Every team goes through it. You make changes for one reason or another whether it’s injuries or suspensions or call-ups or because we lack form. We have a locker room full of guys that have been around for a long time so you can’t say that it’s inconsistency because of this or because of that. It helps to have your full squad available, which is the tough part, and that’s the thing you have to have. But I don’t think you can say we have inconsistency because we have not had a full lineup.”

On importance of getting FW Brian Ching in the game to get him ready for USMNT camp:

“The U.S. team isn’t involved in this locker room. We put him in to try and help us win the game and I think he had a good impact for us. I know it’s a big story but it’s not my team. Brian’s involvement tonight had nothing to do with the U.S. team, it had to do with the fact that we couldn’t play him 90 minutes. He said he felt good and we felt that at that time in the game he could do well for us, and he did.”

On whether it was difficult to get a rhythm going:

“No, I just think it happens. It’s soccer around the world, I think. Sometimes the visiting team can be on top and they can bring men back. And I think them getting off to the really early lead … sometimes teams try to protect the lead and they are able to have players behind the ball. When they have men behind the ball, sometimes you have to move the ball and move the ball quicker. But, they’re a good team. They have strengths in all lines, strong up front and in the back. I felt that the first goal was going to tell a lot of the story tonight. I don’t think it was the end of it because even at 3-1 we still created some chances and you never know.”

On bouncing back from the loss:

“We need to put it behind us. We can always go back on poke at things at what we are doing wrong. The weeks travel fast. Let’s get home, let’s get rested. It’s been a tough 14 days and we will watch D.C. play and then get ready for them the following Saturday.”


On his return to the pitch:

“I felt good. Not good considering the circumstances, but I felt great. We had a couple of good runs and I didn’t feel anything physically wrong. My lungs were actually better than I thought they would be and I felt ready.”

On importance of getting back on the field before training with USMNT begins:

“Nothing can prepare you for playing in games. Would I have liked to play in a couple of more games before I go into camp? Yes. But, I felt good out there. I am probably going to have to work on my fitness over the next couple of weeks to get where I want to be and hopefully get a little bit more sharp.”

On whether or not he was concerned he would reinjure his hamstring due to cold weather:

“No. I just warmed up for a little while and I was ready to go in.”


On his tally in the second half:

“I don’t remember much about it. It was a good buildup play. Brad [Davis] played a great ball in and he got it back to my right foot/ Robbie [Russell] fell down and it was a pretty easy goal.”

On being down 3-0 and creating chances in second half:

“That’s what happens when you’re down three goals. The other team sits in a defensive shell. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t capitalize on more of our chances but they were all in the second half.”

On Western Conference Standings and things tightening up and whether they feel pressure:

“Well, we have been a bit injury-plagued and hopefully when we get all our guys back we will start things going again. We normally never start well; it’s still early in the season and we just need to get a different mindset.”

On the return of Brian Ching and his impact:

“It’s definitely different. Brian does a great job of holding the ball up for us. It makes it easier for us to relieve the pressure and we feed off of it. It’s a whole different game when he’s in there. We don’t have another big guy healthy right now and [Brian] is a big part of our game.”