that's all I can ask for."
Looking to boost his team's offensive capabilities, Gansler clearly recognized the tools Pore himself feels he possesses.
"My ability and my speed are my biggest assets. If I can go out there and use them, I'm hard to guard," said Pore, who led the nation in scoring and goals in 2004 with 55 points (22 goals, 11 assists). "But I think Coach Gansler knows that, and he will put me in the best situation for me to use my assets. I value everything he says to me. He's a good guy, a good coach, and I'm looking forward to working with him from here on out."
As the Wizards preseason stay in Florida continues, Pore will have more chances to prove his worth before the team heads back home to Kansas City for the first significant match of the season, playing in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup against Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica on March 9.
"I think we'll be ready. We've been going for two-a-days for about a month, and our fitness level is starting to get back up there to 90 minutes," he said. "Everyone's feeling good, and we're just going out there and competing every day."
Robert Rusert is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.