Dominic Kinnear's weekly conversation
What are your general thoughts about the Earthquakes 2-0 win over Chicago on Wednesday, the club's record sixth win in a row?
Dominic Kinnear: "It was another good performance by us, I thought. I give credit to Chicago for giving us problems with [Nate] Jaqua and [Andy] Herron up there; they were putting the ball in dangerous positions. Our guys did some great last ditch defending at times. I thought our play going forward was very exciting, we could have scored more goals with a little bit more patience in the attack, and Zach Thornton made some excellent saves tonight against us. So overall, I am really pleased and glad we got a shutout. I am happy for Dwayne [De Rosario] to be our first multiple goal scorer this year, and I am happy that the team played very well. I think one thing I can say is that every game we play, I think the fans get their money's worth. We play very good, attacking soccer and I think defensively we are taking care of things as well right now."
Why do you think that Dwayne De Rosario was so effective on Wednesday against Chicago?
DK: "We said before the game that because they like to attack in numbers, we felt that if Dwayne joined the attack late, like we always tell him to do, that he could find some space either in front of their back four or hopefully behind their back four. He was giving them fits all night, and I felt once the lead went to one, it was a little more of a plus for him because they were pushing players forward and that left a gap between their middle and their back and he was exploiting that."
Can you comment on the decision to start Brian Ching at forward on Wednesday in place of Ronald Cerritos, and how did you think Brian played in his first start since May 14?
DK: "I just wanted to give Brian Ching a chance on Wednesday. I thought he played very good, he flicked the ball on for the first goal and he played Alejandro [Moreno] through for the second. I know in the first half he held the ball up against two very tall, big aggressive center backs and it helped us really get settled and started. For his first start and first 75 minutes since May, he did okay. We knew it was going to be a physical game tonight and he was ready. As far as the rest of the season goes, we still have four games to go, and things can happen. Someone can wake up in the morning and not feel right or someone could get hurt in practice, so nothing is set. We aren't set on anything right now.
Was there any particular player for the Quakes who really stood out in your eyes against Chicago on Wednesday night?
DK: "Eddie Robinson was fantastic against Chicago. It was a clash of the titans between him and [Nate] Jaqua all night. I don't like to single people out because I think team defense is our strong point, but I think Eddie had a very strong game."
Michelle, from San Francisco asks: How much do you think confidence is carrying this team right now?
DK: "I think good play is carrying us first and foremost, but I think when you play well you do get confident and I think guys are feeling that. I think guys are confident in each other as well, I think they are taking runs because they feel the player is going to make the right decision for them. I think overall what is carrying us are good team performances week in and week out, but I think you also need good individuals also.
Jeff, from San Jose asks: What is Danny Califf's status after missing the game Wednesday?
DK: "He was a game time decision on Wednesday. As much as I wanted to see him on the field, I felt it was best for him to take the safe route, that's why I decided not to go with him."
Dwayne De Rosario became the first member of the Earthquakes to score two goals in a game on Wednesday night. What is your reaction to that statistic?
DK: "Well, I knew as soon as the penalty was blown that Dwayne was either going to run over and get it or wrestle it out of someone's hands. He is always eager to score. To be honest, I didn't know about that stat until I was told just a couple of days ago. If you look at it, the goals are really coming from everywhere. That is kind of a surprising stat considering how many goals we have scored, but I am happy for Dwayne, I think he is having a very good season."