What They’re Saying: #SJvNE

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

With Saturday’s clash between the New England Revolution (0-2-1, 1 point) and San Jose Earthquakes (0-1-1, 1 point) at venerable Buck Shaw Stadium only hours away, let’s take one last look at what the coaches and players were saying in the days leading up to it.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps:

“They’re a very physical team, a very dangerous team at all times. No matter what the score is, no matter what the game situation is, they’re dangerous and they’ve got guys like Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart, Alan Gordan and Shea Salinas is playing really well for them right now. So, when those guys are on the field, there’s a chance they can score at any time.”

“We have to be sound defensively. We have to cover each other because it’s not always the first ball that breaks you down, it’s the second ball, it’s usually a flighted ball in and the second ball is either nodded on by Lenhart to Wondolowski or wide to Atiba Harris or Shea Salinas so they’re very dangerous on the runs off the first ball. It’s very important that guys don’t get stuck ball watching and that we’re reactive to second balls.”

Earthquakes center back Clarence Goodson (via mlssoccer.com):

“I think it’s going to be great to have a full week of training. We have had a lot of guys out. I think we will get a lot of guys back and even if we don’t, it will be good to go through a full week of training with the guys that are playing together. I think the guys have done a good job and stepped up, but to have a full week of training makes a world of difference and of course we are a different team in San Jose.”

Revolution center back A.J. Soares:

“You gotta know what they’re good at and you gotta try and limit that. Obviously, like, don’t foul them in their attacking third, so that and keeping the ball hopefully going forward and getting good pressure to the ball. So we if we can alter their service to their front four guys, then it makes the back line’s job easier and you can kind of read where the ball is going to be. If we do get good pressure to the ball, and if we do those things, we’ll be fine.”

Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski (via mlssoccer.com):

“We don’t change the way we play. Whether it’s home or away, we expect to get three points and we didn’t do it. We will go back and regroup and try to get it going again to get the win against New England.”

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About Brian O'Connell

Brian O'Connell serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNBoston.com, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He regularly contributes to The Associated Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianOConnell21 or contact him via e-mail at BOConnell21@aol.com