Kinnear's weekly conversation
Can you give us an update of the Quakes injury situation heading into Sunday's game?
Dominic Kinnear: "We do have some guys nursing some injuries right now, but I know that a lot of teams do at this point. At this point, it doesn't look like Ronnie [Ekelund] (strained left hamstring) will be able to go this weekend. During practice, I was looking out there and I saw our defenders, Chris [Roner], Eddie [Robinson] and Troy [Dayak] walking behind the goal with ice on them, so that is frustrating. But Jeff [Agoos] has responded well to the treatment he had last week and has been training. Brian [Mullan] has also been training. With the game on Sunday, I wanted to give some guys a chance to rest a bit this week so they will be ready for the game."
Last year, the Quakes entered the playoffs as the first seed. What is the difference in attitude this season as you enter the postseason as the fourth seed?
DK: "I don't think there is a big difference. I think in this league, when you get to this point, the seedings don't really mean a lot. We were on that side of it last season. We have a chance now to do something special, and we have this first home game to do it, so I think the attitude of this team is very good and positive."
In a re-match of the 2003 Western Conference Championship, what do you expect from the Wizards?
DK: "We all know what to expect from Kansas City. They are a strong defensive team and are hard to break down. Bo Oshoniyi has been playing well right now, he has had quite a few shutouts, and I think we need to try and test him. The Wizards work hard and we know that it is going to be a difficult game. They counterattack well, and we need to be aggressive, but make sure that we don't get caught out of position. Josh Wolff and Davy Arnaud are dangerous up front, and we need to watch them. But, I feel that if we play the way we are capable of with the right attitude, we will be able to get some goals and be successful.