Soundbytes Previewing Round 1 of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs

Soundbytes Previewing
Round 1 of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs
Soundbytes from players and coaches previewing Round 1 of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs are now available HERE. When using soundbytes, please credit the specific club providing the content.

Saturday, Oct. 19:
New England Revolution at Atlanta United (link)
NE: coach Bruce Arena (English), Juan Agudelo (English), Jalil Anibaba (English), Gustavo Bou (Spanish, with English translation), Teal Bunbury (English), Scott Caldwell (English), Carles Gil (Spanish): Bruce Arena talks about the unique abilities of Atlanta striker Josef Martinez and his aggressive style and ability to make runs off the ball, Carles Gil discusses earning 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year, Juan Agudelo talks about the unique circumstance of facing the same team as the regular season finale, and Agudelo, Jalil Anibaba and Scott Caldwell speak about the club's ability on the road.
ATL: coach Frank de Boer (English), Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (English and Spanish), Brad Guzan (English), Jeff Larentowicz (English), Josef Martinez (Spanish), Justin Meram (English): Leandro Gonzalez Pirez talks about picking up the intensity for the postseason stretch and taking advantage of playing in Atlanta for the Round 1 match against New England, and Jeff Larentowicz talks about how Emerson Hyndman has quietly put together a strong campaign and has been a useful link on the pitch.

FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC (link)
DAL: coach Luchi Gonzalez (English), Michael Barrios (Spanish), Matt Hedges (English), Reto Ziegler (English): Luchi Gonzalez talks about the defensive performance the club showcased the last time in Seattle, and he discusses the importance of Michael Barrios' experience during this stretch of the year, and Reto Ziegler says the confidence is high going into Seattle.
SEA: coach Brian Schmetzer (English), Kelvin Leerdam (English), Danny Leyva (English), Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (English): Brian Schmetzer discusses the leadership of Nicolas Lodeiro and his interaction and voice with the rest of the roster, and Danny Leyva and Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez talk about being named to the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team roster for the FIFA U-17 World Cup later this month.

D.C. United at Toronto FC (link)
DC: coach Ben Olsen (English), Bill Hamid (English), Joseph Mora (Spanish), Lucas Rodriguez (Spanish), Wayne Rooney (English): Bill Hamid discusses preparing for Jozy Altidore and the presence he brings for Toronto and reflects on the chemistry throughout the D.C. lineup, and Wayne Rooney talks about being more on the front foot and clinical than the previous match at Toronto that resulted in a draw.
TOR: coach Greg Vanney (English), Michael Bradley (English), Jonathan Osorio (English)

Portland Timbers at Real Salt Lake (link)
POR: coach Giovanni Savarese (English), Steve Clark (English), Jeremy Ebobisse (English): Giovanni Savarese speaks about the team's momentum ahead of the match against Real Salt Lake, Steve Clark elaborates on what the team has accomplished during its road games this season, and Jeremy Ebobisse talks about the difference between the 2019 roster and the 2018 squad that reached MLS Cup.
RSL: coach Freddy Juarez (English), Damir Kreilach (English), Nedum Onuoha (English), Nick Rimando (English), Donny Toia (English): Freddy Juarez talks about the confidence coming out of RSL's finish to the regular season and the contagious competition throughout the year, Nedum Onuoha discusses the collective defensive approach that has formed the club's identity, Nick Rimando talks about Portland's counter-attacking ability, and Donny Toia speaks about the importance in securing a home postseason game by finishing third in the Western Conference

Sunday, Oct. 20:
New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union (link)
NY: coach Chris Armas (English), Luis Robles (English): Chris Armas talks about the roster depth and options as several players continue to work their way back heading into Sunday, and Luis Robles talks about his optimistic approach heading into this year's playoffs as they prepare for East rival Philadelphia.
PHI: coach Jim Curtin (English): Jim Curtin talks about the new structure of the postseason and the build-up toward the Round 1 matches, and the momentum and rivalries that have received a big boost.

LA Galaxy at Minnesota United FC (link)
LA: coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto (English and Spanish)
MIN: coach Adrian Heath (English), Vito Mannone (English): Adrian Heath talks about the growing relationship with the club's supporters and how there will be spells where the Allianz Field fandom will be needed, and Vito Mannone talks about the winning mentality that has been generated from a strong regular season and a run to the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

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