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Quotes on two fantastic results

Quotes on a fantastic result (and some quotes on a satisfying result that I forgot to post on Monday).

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MANAGER PETER VERMES On the game and the comeback

“When we were 2-0 down, honestly I felt that we were going to have the ability to get back in. When we went 2-1 on them, I felt very good. When we went down 3-1, I was thinking we have a long road to go up here. We came in at halftime, and the main thing we preached, which we have been doing all season long, is we want to make sure we forget about what happened, and we move forward because there is nothing we can do about it.

On the second-half effort


“I thought that the guys came out and right away got after it. With Jack’s header, you know it didn’t go in, they cleared it off the line. Then Kei’s header, we just were punishing them, right around the goal. The great thing is they just kept plugging away, and then Josh’s header at the end was a huge impact play to secure another three points for us.”

On picking up three more points

“I look at as every game we play, there are a lot of points out there, and we have to get each one of them. At half, I said right now we have zero points a,nd at the start of the game we had one. We gave up one, we had to get back to tie. As soon as we tied it, they were going to be struggling. The guys just kept going and going and going. That’s something we’ve been preaching all season. That says the most about our mentality and our composure.”

On the team’s momentum of late


“Points are points, so that is one aspect. The way you play in your performance is another. I think tonight was really about being able to respond in a negative situation. Now that you know that you have that in your foundation, and if you get down in a game you can come back.”

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS STRIKER JOSH WOLFF On his game-winning goal

“There were a lot of bodies in the box. When the ball went out wide, I just tried to get in front of some guys, and Mikey put a great ball in. I did well with it. Heading is not my best attribute, but it was a good one.”

On the massive celebration after his goal

“I think it was indicative of what we put into the game. We had a lousy first half, and I’m sure that the guys got chewed on a little bit at halftime, but I think we answered the call. I don’t think anyone deserved it more. We deserved to win. It was a big three points for us.”

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MIDFIELDER DAVY ARNAUD On the game and the season so far

“Even when we were going through the rough patch earlier in the season, we knew we were a good team. When we weren’t scoring goals, we knew we were capable of scoring goals. Tonight was a big game for us. When you get results like this, it feels like something’s meant to be for you. Credit to everybody. We dug deep.”

On the feeling after Wolff’s goal in stoppage time

“You can’t describe that feeling. That’s the reason why you play this game. That’s the reason why you work so hard. That was really, really special. For our fans, I think that’s going to be a game that people talk about for a long time. I know as players, that’s a game that we’ll remember.”

HOUSTON DYNAMO HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR On what went right in the first half

“Individually we were playing well. The two forwards were linking well. Cam was winning a lot of balls in the air, and Dominic was running off of it; we were holding the ball well and breaking. In the second half, they just started launching the ball, and we just couldn’t apply pressure and hold the ball up when we needed to.”

On playing a team that is in the playoff hunt

“It’s a game. The first game of the season is the same as the 25th game of the season and there are points on the line. We knew they were desperate. We still had an outside chance. I know we don’t now. We also have something to play for. We knew in the second half they were going to start throwing balls in the box, and we didn’t handle it as well as we could have.”

On Wizards that impressed him

“[Ryan] Smith is a good player. He runs pretty diagonally quickly; he is a danger guy. We kept him pretty quiet in the first half. We kept everyone quiet in the first half but just could not sustain the level of play that we wanted to in the second half, and they got their quick players on the ball a little more.”

HOUSTON DYNAMO FORWARD CAM WEAVER On the game

“We came out strong; we played well together in the first half, for most of the first half. We just got our chances and took them. We didn’t continue that in the second half, and that is disappointing because in the end, all that effort was for nothing.”

On having a good game individually in a loss

“Well it’s not one person having a good game, it’s the whole team. You can’t point out individuals I don’t think when you lose. It’s a collective effort. It’s just disappointing.”

Quotes from the Chivas USA game

KANSAS CITY MANAGER PETER VERMES On the match:

“I think the field is conducive to the way that we like to play. We are an athletic team, and because of that, it opens up the field to the way that we want to play. The one thing that was really good for us tonight was our pressing the entire way up the field. It made it very difficult for Chivas to come out of the back.”

On making the playoffs:

“We can hope that everyone else does our job for us, but at the end of the day, we have to go and get results. If you make the playoffs and then cannot play after that, you get knocked out in the first round. We have to be able to play everywhere, and get results.”

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MIDFIELDER KEI KAMARA On the match:

“It was a great win. We have seven games left in the season, and we know what we have to do if we want to make it to the playoffs. We knew that we had to come in here and battle, so it was a great result for us.”

On the battle in the midfield:

“It is tough when two teams really need to win. When they get on the field, it is always a fight. We had to keep our composure, and in the second half, it was great to get that first goal out of the game. We just kept pushing.”

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS FORWARD TEAL BUNBURY On his goal:

“Kei [Kamara] passed me the ball, and I was one-on-one, and beat my guy. I saw Zach [Thornton] out of the goal, and I just placed it. It was a great ball by Kei. We needed that win.

On the way the Wizards played in the second half:

“We played more aggressive, and our instinct was better in the second half. We knew that we needed to win if we wanted to make the playoffs.”

CHIVAS USA MANAGER MARTIN VASQUEZ On the game :

“I’m just upset, frustrated, disappointed, about the result. I thought that, playing at home, after two good performances getting the results, we wanted to continue to have chances going forward. I’m disappointed because we didn’t take advantage of a great opportunity in front of a good crowd. I’m also very frustrated about losing at home.”

On moving forward after a disappointing loss:

“We have to watch the game again and regroup. We have been inconsistent. We put a good performance against New England and against Chivas Guadalajara, but inconsistency has been a problem for us. Today we needed to play good futbol at times, but mainly we needed to get the result and we didn’t do that. We need to regroup and I thought there are still a lot of positives. Again, a lack of concentration and personal mistakes affected us, and today, that’s what happened.”

CHIVAS USA FORWARD JUSTIN BRAUN On the match:

“It was a bad performance overall, we couldn’t connect the passes. I think it comes down to consistency. We were trying to be as consistent as possible. Tonight wasn’t our night, we didn’t deserve to win, and it’s unfortunate.”

CHIVAS USA DEFENDER JONATHAN BORNSTEIN On the game:

“It’s tough to say what the problem was. It’s tough to win a game when you only get one shot on goal, and that’s pretty obvious.”

CHIVAS USA DEFENDER MARIANO TRUJILLO On the result:

“We couldn’t create any chances. We made mistakes and they punished us in the end. Our goal was to win our last seven games and, obviously, we couldn’t win today. It’s tough but we still have six games and we’re going to play those games as if they’re a final, and at the end we’ll see where we are. It’s kind of hard to say what we need, but, like I said we just need to keep thinking about our next game and at the end of the season we’ll see.”

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