Kinnear's weekly conversation
The Earthquakes suffered a tough loss on Tuesday in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup tournament in Kansas City. How is the team recovering from the loss for Saturday's big game against the Rapids?
Dominic Kinnear: "Obviously, we are disappointed with our loss. We play to win and we really wanted to get into the championship game. I give credit to all of our players; they played hard from the first minute to the end of the game. It was a tough situation with Troy [Dayak] not being able to play, and then losing Brian [Ching] early in the game, but I thought that we never gave up and kept playing hard, we just weren't able to make it happen. We wanted to play in another final, but I think this is a strong team that knows the importance of Saturday's game and one that won't let that loss distract it. We know that we will have our hands full with Colorado, who is ahead of us in the standings, but we are ready for them and ready for their dangerous players like Chris Henderson and Mark Chung."
Can you give an injury update on Brian Ching?
DK: "Brian suffered a sprained left ankle early in the game against Kansas City. He had x-rays this morning just to make sure that everything is okay, so we will know more when we get those results back, but it doesn't appear to be anything that is going to be a really serious problem. It looks like he has a sprained ankle and he is going to have to work to come back from that."
The Earthquakes, especially national team players like Donovan, Ching, De Rosario and Onstad, have had a hectic stretch of games in the last two weeks. Do you see this affecting the team's play as they head into Saturday's game against the Rapids?
DK: "I don't think so. Saturday nights at Spartan Stadium just seem to bring out the best in these guys. They always seem to get up for games like this, so I am not worried about that. We have had a lot of games recently, and we are trying to rest when we can. Training sessions in between games are a little bit lighter, so we don't wear the guys out. The Rapids are a very good team, and this game gives us a great chance to move up in the Western Conference. We just need to continue to play aggressive and play the way we have been playing."