April 25, 2007 MLS Kansas City Wizards beat Toronto FC 3-0 quote sheet (from MLSnet.com)
Wizards 3, Toronto FC 0 -- quote sheet
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER QUOTE SHEET
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2007 -- KANSAS CITY WIZARDS 3, TORONTO FC 0
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS HEAD COACH CURT ONALFO
On Carlos Marinelli:
"I thought he was excellent. He is a great passer of the ball. He worked defensively when he needed to, but you could see that he has a good understanding with Davy and Eddie about how we want to attack. It was an excellent first start for Carlos."
On whether or not Marinelli is fully fit:
"No, he is not. It will take some time. He has been out of the game for quite some time, but it is something we are working on to be sure that he gets match fit over the next couple of games."
On establishing imprint from start:
"We did that and we did it under some very difficult circumstances. It was a very slick field. When the field is that slick it is difficult to play the style of soccer we want to play. You have to give our guys credit - they played the way they are supposed to play for the majority of the game."
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS FORWARD EDDIE JOHNSON
On lifting his jersey after scoring to reveal a T-shirt with the words "IN MEMORY OF V-TECH":
"The Virginia Tech shooting was something the whole world was touched by. I wanted to do anything I could to both memorialize and put a smile on some faces. I just wanted to show friends and family of the victims that they are in my thoughts and prayers."
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS FORWARD YURA MOVSISYAN
On first MLS goal:
"It took awhile but I'm glad to have it done."
On mood of the team:
"Everyone is happy with the win. We have talked from the beginning that we weren't going to give points away easily ... especially here at home. People weren't going to be able to take points from us."
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MIDFIELDER KERRY ZAVAGNIN
On the length of time between career goals:
"6340 minutes. You know I don't try to think of it that way. I think I hardly ever go forward and I hardly ever find myself inside the box. Tonight with the way the game was going I found an opportunity to go in there and it is something I haven't done much of in the past. I'm not going to say that I'm going to go on a goal-scoring streak or anything right now, but I think it is important to at least have the capability to do that."
On taking on Toronto in the grand opening of BMO Field Saturday:
"We know it's going to be tough. We are excited right now to be 2-1 in the league. We knew coming into tonight that Toronto was going to be a tough team despite their first two losses. With us having our fifth game in 15 days, we are obviously going to be physically worn and we will be going against a team looking to redeem what happened tonight. There are many factors that will make the next game much more difficult."
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS GOALKEEPER KEVIN HARTMAN
On MLS shutout record:
"Out of all the goalkeepers, whether it is Zach Thornton or Tony Meola, they are all goalies I respect. Just to be mentioned with those guys is a compliment to me. It speaks to consistency, longevity, and playing at a high level. So for me that has always been my goal as a professional."
On Kerry Zavagnin's last two career goals:
"You know I'm excited for Kerry. I don't like to give up goals, but if you are going to give up one to someone you might as well make it Kerry because he doesn't get very many of them. Kerry is a great guy and I'm excited for him to be back on the score sheet."
TORONTO FC HEAD COACH MO JOHNSTON
On the game:
"It was tough. It was tough. Now we got four on the bounce at home. Obviously we play the Wizards this weekend, and there are going to be changes. Hopefully the changes will be for the better of the team."
On the players' attitudes heading into the home opener Saturday:
"Oh, they are very excited. Their spirits need to be lifted because obviously it's not good enough."
On future of the club:
"Well, we are building, and building slow. You are never out of anything only three games in."
TORONTO FC DEFENDER JIM BRENNAN
On home opener this Saturday:
"It's going to be completely different in Toronto. It's going to be sold out, the atmosphere is going to be brilliant and we know they will be behind us right away."
On slow start:
"We had two bad results in a row there, and this is the third game in a row we haven't scored. We are upset here. I think we are trying too hard sometimes. When you give up a goal in the first six minutes, it's hard. Things just didn't work out for us tonight."
TORONTO FC MIDFIELDER MAURICE EDU
On his first MLS match:
"It felt good just to be on the field you know get back into playing. It was a disappointing result but all we can do is build from here. It's going to test out character and show where we have to go from here."
On being injured:
"It's frustrating, but my time is finally here. I have to make the most of it and take advantage of it. Obviously it was frustrating having to watch from the side. You know there was nothing I could do but wait and wait and wait. Like I said I'm healthy now and I'm just trying to get fit and fit and more fit."
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