WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2005 - KANSAS CITY WIZARDS 3, CHICAGO FIRE 2
CHICAGO FIRE HEAD COACH DAVE SARACHAN
On the Fire's failure to manage its lead:
"We were up 2-0, so if you don't win a game when you're up 2-0 it's disappointing. I don't think we managed ourselves well when it was 2-0. At 2-0 they were finished and we almost got the third one. I think if we had managed the ball better and we just kept it tight ... we were so hungry to get the third one that we left ourselves exposed and the things we talked about bit us in the butt tonight, like [Josh] Wolff on the counter. [Kansas City] looks to sit in and make the counter. I'm just disappointed that we didn't manage the game better at 2-0."
On turning things around after two home losses in a row:
"If we don't we're going to find ourselves in trouble. These are the little points that make a difference when you go down the stretch. If it means making changes then we'll make changes, but it's more about concentration. Now every game we play is going to be very tight because everybody's battling to get themselves in position for the playoffs. It's a constant work in progress. It's never over."
On goalkeeper Zach Thornton's ejection at halftime:
"You'll have to ask Zach. He got a yellow card. Two dissent calls is inexcusable."
On backup goalkeeper Matt Pickens being inserted into the lineup:
"Matt Pickens is a good goalkeeper. We've got confidence in Matt Pickens, so I'm not going to worry about that. I think Matt will step in a do a great job. It's the rest of my beat up guys [that I'm worried about]. I'll tell you, they left everything they had on the field, so if I'm going to take some positives out of this it is that our guys did everything they could to try and get a point or three out of this game. These are tired, beat up and frustrated guys in our locker room."
CHICAGO FIRE MIDFIELDER LOGAN PAUSE
On the match:
"There's not really much to say. We gave it to them. We looked good the first 15 or 25 minutes, but then we took our foot off the gas and stopped playing. We made some mistakes in bad parts of the field and [the Wizards] are similar to D.C. in that they are really good on the break. They punished us on that tonight and despite unfortunate circumstances, with Zach getting red carded, we still had a chance to get a point, if not three, in the second half. We just kind of ran out of gas late. Dropping two games in a row is unacceptable."
On losing momentum in the conference standings:
"We need points and we need to get wins at home, and we haven't done that in the last two games. We have one more home game before we go on a five road-game stretch, and those five road games are not going to be easy. This weekend [against Los Angeles] is not going to be easy, but we need to get three points at home. We just have to take it one game at a time and we have to fix this thing before it goes too far."
CHICAGO FIRE MIDFIELDER THIAGO
Thoughts on the match:
"The team for the first 30 minutes played very, very well, but then we lost our focus a bit. We were able to score two goals, but in the second half it was very difficult for us to keep up with the pace. [Kansas City] is a very good team, but this week we're going to work very hard at training to get back on track because we have an important game on Saturday and we want to earn a victory at home."
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS HEAD COACH BOB GANSLER
Thoughts on the win:
"You have to give credit to our guys and their resilience and their confidence in each other after the first five minutes, which were obviously disastrous. The key was to get one before halftime, but we did it even better than that. [The Fire] was more energetic than we were initially and they were more alert and it had nothing to do with lineups or tactics or anything else. It had everything to do with us not quite being ready to play. To our credit, we dug deep and we persevered.
On the play of forward Josh Wolff:
"I've said it before, he's our catalyst. He doesn't have to score. He makes everyone around him better because of the attention the other folks pay to him. So whether he lays them off or whether he finishes them, or he just gets in the mix, it doesn't matter. He's our catalyst. We play well with him, but we also have to find a way to win when he's gone. But he's currently in great form."
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS FORWARD JOSH WOLFF
On being down early:
"We certainly started out a little shaky. [The Fire] had two pretty good finishes, but certainly you don't like your posture when you give up two goals in the first six minutes. After that, we got ourselves back in control of it and had a couple of opportunities before we got our first one.
"The key was getting the next goal. The next goal was going to be the biggest one. It was either going to be three nothing or 2-1. If it's 2-1, then you're right back in the game and you've got momentum. We got the second one, obviously. That came in a timely fashion, right before halftime, so it was a great response."