Kinnear's weekly conversation
The Quakes' five remaining games are all against teams in the Western Conference. As the season comes to a close, what is the mentality of the team?
Dominic Kinnear: "We're ready. We know the importance of these games, and we know how crucial every game is right now. It is a tough schedule, but we wouldn't have it any other way, because our fate is in our own hands. The West is so tight right now that we could finish in any of the five spots. We are ready and prepared to make sure that we have a strong finish to the season."
The Quakes face the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday for the third time in just over a month. Will that familiarity affect the game?
DK: "I don't think so. I don't think there are a lot of secrets at this stage of the season amongst any of the teams in the league, especially with Kansas City. We know that they are a dangerous team, but we also know that we can beat them, and I think that they know that. Arrowhead is always a tough place to get a win on the road, but we are approaching this game the right way, and I see no reason why we can't go in there and get a win on Saturday."
Has it been difficult to bring back national team players like Landon Donovan, Brian Ching, Pat Onstad and Dwayne De Rosario to the lineup after they missed two games for World Cup Qualifying?
DK: "It hasn't been too difficult; the only thing that is hard is that we have a lot of good players who want to play and are fighting for a place in the lineup. Dwayne is currently nursing an injury, but I think that Landon and Brian are both ready to help us down the stretch, and I thought that Pat played pretty well on Saturday. We have a good, close group of guys, so I am never worried about welcoming anybody back to the team after they have been away. It is nice to have those guys back at practice."