MLS Quote Sheet: K.C. Wizards 1, Columbus Crew 0
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS HEAD COACH BOB GANSLER
On his team's performance:
"When you are playing well, the luck of the bounce goes your way. I think we are playing well defensively and have played well throughout the preseason, against Chicago (in the season opener) and we played well against Dallas (in an exhibition match last weekend). The last time we played Columbus (in a February preseason match) was the last time the other side had more opportunities than we did. We have been very good at denying teams opportunities. As long as we continue to do that, I think we can pitch some shutouts."
On the play of Wizards forward Davy Arnaud:
"Late last season he was the only forward that was healthy and he showed a lot of promise at that point and it has continued through preseason. His partnership with Josh (Wolff) is still a work in progress, but it looks very promising."
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS GOALKEEPER AND CAPTAIN TONY MEOLA
On the team's second consecutive shutout:
"Defensively we have been pretty good. Teams are going to get opportunities, but we really limited the dangerous opportunities tonight. There were a couple of scary situations, but we cut them out at the last second. The last chance they had was the free kick when (Chad) Marshall hit the post. We have really eliminated where we win the ball and give it right back, like we did a lot last season. We looked pretty good."
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS FORWARD DAVY ARNAUD
On his first goal of 2004:
"Kerry (Zavagnin) played a long ball and I didn't think I needed to take a touch. I saw the 'keeper coming out so I just chipped it over him. I was willing it in. I thought (Robin Fraser) had a chance to get it, but it ended up going in."
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MIDFIELDER DIEGO WALSH
On playing against his former team:
"It would have been nice to score. When you play against your old team of course you want to win, but you also want to score. I thought I had a decent game and had a chance to score, but Fraser got a piece of the ball. The bottom line is we won and that is what is important."
COLUMBUS CREW HEAD COACH GREG ANDRULIS
On the result:
"You can't play things that close. That's twice in two games it (close offside calls) has been the game-winner. They did as good as they could in the second half being a man down. The guys gave a great effort in the second half, but you don't get graded on effort. We had some chances but we still go home with nothing."
On Frankie Hejduk's red card:
"They always catch the second one, and he knows better."
On the winless start to the season:
"When you are 0-2 you haven't gelled yet. Clearly the performance was better today than the opener but it is still a loss. I'm worried about L.A. right now and we will get to work on them right away."
COLUMBUS CREW FORWARD JEFF CUNNINGHAM
On his team's offensive performance:
"As a team we have to start creating more chances. We have enough talent to get the opportunities. We have a lot of new faces and it will take us a little while but we have the talent to get the job done."
COLUMBUS CREW DEFENDER CHAD MARSHALL
On playing with a man down:
"We knew the second half was going to be tough. Everybody put in 100 percent effort and didn't back down. We had more opportunities than they did in the second half we just couldn't put one away."
On his MLS debut:
"It was a great experience, it was unlucky that it was a loss. It was nice to get that first professional start. I was definitely nervous but some of the boys helped me out. About five minutes into the game I started to calm down."