Chivas USA 1, Revolution 0 -- quote sheet
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER QUOTE SHEET
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2005 - CHIVAS USA 1, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 0
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH HANS WESTERHOF
On the game:
"I think for us the most important part was the first half, when we played better because we took the initiative, playing mostly in their half of the field. I don't even remember a single goal-scoring opportunity for them."
About the performance of his back line:
"I think we still have some problems, when we lose the ball so easily. But at the end we defended well. I think [Armando] Begines, Paco [Francisco Gómez] and Ezra [Hendrickson] played very well against the best team in the league, while we are at the bottom of the table."
CHIVAS USA MIDFIELDER DOUGLAS SEQUEIRA
On his goal:
"It was a great play. When Antonio went one-on-one with his defender, I knew that he was going to send the ball to the near post, so I went there, beating my defender and the goalkeeper. In the end, it was a good goal, and a very important one for me."
On his return to Chivas USA after representing Costa Rica in the Gold Cup:
"I've been gone for the past three games, so I wanted to return, to show that I belong here, to play with all my heart and help my team obtain a good win against a very tough opponent. Now that we got what we wanted, we're looking make a strong push at the end of the season."
CHIVAS USA FORWARD ANTONIO MARTINEZ
On the team's hopes of entering the playoff hunt:
"We're right there, just six points from Colorado, since they lost [2-1 on Wednesday to San Jose]. We're also getting some new players who should make great additions to the team. Now we need to make sure those new players are integrated into our system and try to win some more games."
On his dynamic, offensive style of play:
"That's my game. I play wide and try to beat my man, to create chances off the dribble. Tonight I was really fortunate they only put one man on me and I was always one-on-one, something that makes me feel very confident."
CHIVAS USA PRESIDENT AND CO-OWNER ANTONIO CUÉ
On Joe Franchino's foul against Héctor Cuadros, who was taken to a local hospital with a grade-two concussion:
"I am very upset by the foul committed by Revolution player Joe Franchino on Héctor Cuadros. Supported by video, I intend to file a protest with the league against this sort of aggression."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION HEAD COACH STEVE NICOL
On the game:
"We came in the game to do what we've been doing this season, we knew it was going to be a tough game. In the first half I had no complaints despite the goal and in the second half we came out and looked for the tying goal but in the end we pretty much handed them the game and now it's on to the next game."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION MIDFIELDER SHALRIE JOSEPH
On the game:
"It was frustrating for the whole team. We didn't play our kind of soccer, we didn't create enough chances and we gave them too much time and posession to play in the second half I think we were all over them and we played a lot better but we didn't come back in the second half like we expected."