United Quotes and Comments
On his trip to Poland: "Right now, we have no Polish players."
On playing in Toronto: "It's a pretty hostile environment. It's going to be great for our league to have that kind of fan support. As we look to give our guys experience, hostile environments like that will make you a better player. ... So much of progress is the mental part and playing off emotion, and you can see they had a lot of emotion [Saturday], and a lot of that was sparked by the fans behind them."
On training this week: "Yesterday was pretty good. Today we looked a bit tired because we went at it pretty good yesterday and they competed really hard."
On Fred and Simms injuries: "100 percent the last two days."
On McTavish: "He hasn't trained yet. Devon's history is as a slow healer, so I'm not sure how much more time that means for Devon."
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On lineup options: "We will use the whole week to gauge who is where, who fits with who and who is doing well. ... It's great for a coach and sometimes tough for a player."
On Gros: "He's done pretty well, especially early in the games. It seems like, in this last game, he got tired at the end, and I think that is the main reason he got beat. But Josh is eager to learn and he works hard at it. Today we spent some time in spots where he can make it easier for us to play out of the back. His positioning when it breaks down, he needs to anticipate things a little bit faster. We will work on it and make him better. So far it's been good and over time it will get better."
On Casal: "Offensively, he's got a lot of talent. The side he still has to adapt to is the defensive side. Obviously, when you are in a structured environment, every guy plays a role in pressure, killing lanes, staying with runners. He still has to develop, but offensively he is a threat and he's hard to stop."
On Fred: "Fred's been making a lot of progress. The guy works hard. I had some concerns about his defensive shape, but against New England, I thought he did a great job. He not only caused problems in the attack, but he was the first one back. He's reassuring us more and more that he is a complete player....We have smart guys behind him too with the idea that if he pushes forward that we cover. It's not too different than when Freddy was on our team. Freddy had more of an attacking mentality and how we covered when he went forward. Unlike Freddy, Fred has a better engine to get back, so in that sense, it has been a real positive."
On facing Alecko: "Alecko did a great job for us while we had him. It was just time for us to go separate ways. He can still punish you; he's a great goal scorer. We know what his strengths are and we'll try to take them away. I'm sure he will be hungry to make an impression and make us feel that we got rid of him for the wrong reasons. ... He still text-messages me all the time! It's goofball stuff -- that's him."
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