Q&A with goalkeeper Scott Garlick
Goalkeeper Scott Garlick has helped his team to an MLS-best seven points after three matches and FCdallas.net had the chance to ask him about the team's successful start, his thoughts on retirement and the fans' response to Jason Kreis' return to Dallas.
FCdallas.net: You have helped this team to an MLS-best seven points and a 2-0-1 record through the first three matches of the season. What do you like about this team and your play thus far?
Scott Garlick: "I like to concentrate and talk about the team. We have done a good job of getting results in games that we haven't done the best that we can. That's the exciting part. I've been on teams before that we've played the best that we can and we still can't win. Guys are excited about this team and it's been fun to be a part of. With the team name change and the identity change, we are in a lot of ways a new team. It's been very fun to be a part of."
FCdallas.net: How are you feeling both mentally and physically right now?
SG: "I feel pretty good. I think we started out pretty good last year too. It was obviously very disappointing to be out for four months with my injury. I hope to stay healthy and do my best to contribute to this team."
FCdallas.net: You hinted before the season about retiring sometime in the near future. Does success, like you are having right now, diminish the thoughts of retirement?
SG: "Not really. My decision, when it comes to retirement, is going to come from what is financially best for my family. It's also about when I want to get into the workforce. I've said before that I don't want to be a guy with two or three kids or whatever we are blessed with going up against people that are just coming out of college. Those are the factors that will play into my decision. I've had success on a team level and an individual level in the league before and it's wonderful, but I am going to take all things into account and make a rational choice."
FCdallas.net: How do you feel the 4-3-3 is working out for the team?
SG: "We're still getting used to it and we need to give it a couple more games before we make any kind of critical comments on it. We'll have to just see how it goes."
FCdallas.net: We know it's early in the season, but which player has impressed you the most through the first month?
SG: "To be honest with you, everybody right now is impressing me. I hate to single out anybody individually because everybody offers something different to the team. I think we're a pretty good unit right now and we are only going to get better. We need to make sure we go in and work hard every day and be serious about this season."
FCdallas.net: How do you feel the fans are going to react to Jason Kreis returning to Dallas this Saturday after spending nine seasons with the team?
SG: "I think they're going to give him a great and warm ovation, like they should do. He was a great service to the club and obviously, his team and individual accomplishments stand for themselves. He is a great guy for the community and certainly the fans loved him here. I don't think there will be any animosity from the fans and I believe they will definitely cheer him on. Having said that though our fans will definitely want us to win the game in the end."