Kinnear's weekly conversation
What are your goals for the second half of the season?
Dominic Kinnear: "First of all, we want to get into a playoff position. We want to finish strong and move up in the conference standings and play the soccer that we know we can play. It is a goal of our team to take each game one at a time, but we would like to put together a nice little winning streak. Of course it will be good for us to get the points, but it will really help us get our confidence up as we enter the playoffs."
The Earthquakes are in the midst of a rough road schedule, playing three of their last four road games. How do you plan on keeping the team fresh and focused during the stretch?
DK: "All of the guys are upbeat and ready to go. Obviously, when you play a lot of games like this, you have to try and keep an eye on everybody and make sure everyone is healthy. We work very closely with our trainer, Bruce Morgan, to make sure that our guys are 100 percent. Everyone on our roster is capable of stepping in and helping this team, and when you are in a situation like this when the schedule is tough, then you have to rely on everybody to work hard when they are called upon."
The day after the Quakes 2-1 loss to Chicago, what are your thoughts about the game?
DK: "It is pretty much like what I said last night. It's disappointing when the team has an opportunity to move up in the standings and we just let it get away. It is frustrating, we were controlling the ball and going forward, but then to give up a goal like that in the last ten minutes is disappointing. Now we have another chance this Saturday against a very good Kansas City team to prove to the rest of the league that we are a good soccer team."
What do you expect from the Wizards on Saturday?
DK: "I am sure that they will play their usual disciplined style. They possess the ball well and rely on their key players like [Chris] Klein and [Davy] Arnaud. They are hard to break down and they defend well as a team. We know that this is a good chance for us, this is an important conference game."