Chivas Aftermath: Mo Quotes
Olsen on the second half: "Guys helped out [on defense], and even guys who aren't our defensive specialists put some work in....And on the back, they just gutted it out. They were under the gun, and we got a couple lucky bounces here and there, but that's what you get when you fight."
Simms hadn't scored since he got the game-winner last June 21 against Chicago. "It felt great when it came off [my foot], and I looked up and it was in the back of the net," he said of tonight's winner. "I didn't really know what to do. I can't even remember what I did, I just started running."
Gros on Chivas: "Obviously they're a very good team and they know how to keep the ball and work the ball all over the field....That wasn't fun at all. Those guys, they're some of the fastest players I've played against in my whole life. It definitely wasn't easy. Hopefully I did all right."
Olsen: "If it was a one game series we'd be pretty ecstatic, but it's a huge challenge next month historically. I've said it before, this team and this league hasn't done a good job historically finishing the Mexicans, and it's about time some team did it. It might as well be us."
Gros on the second half: "That just shows the character of the team. Tommy says that's the most important thing, seeing out games out like."
Emilio on the possession deficit: "It was not a typical game for us, obviously with a man advantage they had more players on the field and it was hard on the attack for us to try to make any plays on goal. Any time you turned around, there would be two or three guys on you. So it wasn't the best game for us, but the important thing was that we got that victory."
Emilio on the return leg: "Obviously a one-goal difference is very minimal. So we just have to go with the mentality that it's a zero-zero game and start from there."
Moreno on the Olsen goal (he was on the ground after missing that cross; everyone in the press box was watching Moreno instead of the ball): "I kind of lost it, because I missed the ball, so I was a little bit disappointed, but then when I turned I saw the ball in the net. I was glad the ball went in."
Moreno on the return leg: "We're going to try to play the same way, probably better soccer. I don't think we played well tonight, we had a couple minutes where we were trying to move the ball better, but it was a little bit sloppy. But like I said, they're a good team and now we've got to go there and do our business."
Simms on his goal: "I know my shots have been way off target this year, especially recently, but I just tried to keep it hard and low and I lucked out. I knew there wasn't really any other players behind me, so I wanted to go ahead and press. That way if the ball did bounce out, I could at least apply pressure to whoever got it. But luckily it bounced off one of their players and right in my path, so I just went straight to it."
Simms on the approach for the return leg: "I don't know. We'll wait and see what Tommy has to say to us."
Olsen on his goal: "Their center back played it to me. I think he thought I was one of theirs. He didn't do the greatest job of clearing it, my first touch fortunately was where I wanted, and I was fortunate, I think the goalkeeper had to stay on his line for a second because there were a lot of people there in the crowd. I was going to take my touch and hit it and ride this wave of luck I'm on."
Namoff on the defense: "I think we were a little susceptible in the back, we weren't switching as quickly as we should have been early on and that's why they were able to get behind us. But we quickly corrected that, and I thought it was really for them at the end of the game it was very difficult to play through us....They had a lot of great crosses, and we were lucky enough to put out some of the fires and clear it away. A couple of them they could have probably done a better job with, but in the end, 2-1, we walked away with a win and a cushion going into their place."
Finally, some Insider readers who have an upcoming wedding asked whether Olsen might be willing to officiate, as he did for Nick Rimando and Jacqui Little. "I'm never doing it again," he said tonight. "It was nerve-racking."
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