Hey everyone, I just got off the phone with Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett and I got quite a bit of reaction to the 2-1 Game 1 loss to the New England Revolution.
A lot of the quotes are same old, same old from Denis (funny how that happens when the team struggles with the same problems over and over again...) but all the same I thought I would share it with you guys. So, without any further ado, here's Hamlett's take on Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Revolution.
"I think for stretches in that game we played well," said Hamlett. "We made some mental mistakes which I think cost us the game but I think all in all we can take some positives out of that game."
**And what positives would those be?**
"I thought we had a good start to the game and I thought we created some good chances... I thought for the most part in the run of play and we limited their opportunities but we fell asleep on set plays [and they punished us]." **On his frustration watching his team give up two set play goals after stressing the importance of limiting dead ball opportunities in the buildup to the match:**
"It was frustrating, especially with the first goal coming right before the half. If you can get into halftime 1-0 you're feeling good and we had a chance to clear the ball, Mike Banner didn't do a good job of clearing it and we put ourselves in a bad spot. Then we fouled and in the end [Kenny Mansally] puts a good ball across the goal and we fall asleep on the run with the guy and he makes the header right in front of Buschy."
**Saturday night's game could come down to PK's. Here's Hamlett's take on how he selects penalty takers (he wouldn't share a possible penalty lineup with me...):**
"Well you see who's a good taker and it all comes down to who wants to take a kick. You can sit there during the week and say 'this guy looks good' and he gets [up there] and the pressure gets to him and they don't want to take. It's something that you have in mind, the list of guys that you want and the moment comes and you check and say 'hey who wants in?'"
That's all from me for the day, but I'll be back tomorrow with an injury update on Fire players Gonzalo Segares, Tim Ward, John Thorrington and Wilman Conde. Stay tuned.