Wizards 3, RSL 2 -- quote sheet

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS 3, REAL SALT LAKE 2

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS HEAD COACH BOB GANSLER

On the game:

"We were talking about at halftime was to get control of this game. The way you control the game is, of course get the ball, but also get another goal. In the first five minutes we probably had three or four opportunities. Davy [Arnaud] had two, Scotty [Sealy] had one and Kleiny (Chris Klein) had one. The most unfortunate guy tonight was Sasha [Victorine]. I think he hit every crossbar and every upright. He could have had three or four goals."

On letting his young players play a larger role tonight:

"We trust all of them. It is just a matter of finding the right time and right situation to get them experience in front of a large crowd and when the game matters more than in the reserve league. Brian [Roberts] is a battler and a bulldog. We knew he was going to do OK, but he just ran out of gas at the end. Then Ryan Pore is a sniper. Davy was having no luck and we said Ryan is a pretty good sniper and we needed another fresh body in there. They are not rookies anymore. We are halfway through the year and they battle the starters in practice everyday. Quite often the backups prevail or give them as good as any of our opponents. They are ready."

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS FORWARD SCOTT SEALY

On the game:

"I thought we did well the first half. We had a lot of opportunities and we put a lot of pressure on them. We were able to get three goals early on, but then we gave up a couple of soft goals, which is uncharacteristic of us. The second half we continued to dominate, but we weren't able to execute and get that final pass. Ultimately we did well, but it wasn't good enough. We definitely need to pick it up on Wednesday because D.C. is going to be tough."

On scoring twice in the first half:

"I had kind of been struggling lately and been playing with my back to the goal a lot. Tonight I was able to get behind the defense a little and face the defenders more. It's always on your mind to get a hat trick, but at the end of the day we just wanted to get three points and the positive result."

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JOHN ELLINGER

On the game:

"It's never pleasant to play in high humidity and heat. But I thought as the game went on, the young legs we had on the field kept us in it. When you play Kansas City, they keep it tight and use their flanks pretty good. They are a counter team that will explode on you and that's a lot of running. When your down a goal and you are pushing, you find a little extra effort and that was a plus for us."

REAL SALT LAKE MIDFIELDER CHRIS BROWN

On the game:

"It was nice to get a goal, but at the same time it doesn't really mean much if we don't win. It would have been nice to get a good result tonight."

On their third game in seven days and playing in the humidity:

"It's always tough to play three games in seven days, but also we've played in Minnesota and here with the humidity. Wednesday's game was also 120 minutes so that does play a factor. I thought we played pretty well, but we made some bad mistakes that cost us."


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