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DCU Aftermath (Gros Speaks)


(By Kevin Wolf - AP)

And yes, for a while there I was wondering whether DCU would outscore the local NFL team.

First of all, a major tip of the cap to Washington Post newcomer Paul Tenorio, who not only wrote a great game report but also brought us tons of post-game extra bonus quotes. Turns out, Paul is a former honorable mention All-Met soccer player, which means his expertise in these matters far exceeds mine (I quit after two years of junior varsity scrubdom).

Also, I would gladly solicit player ratings from those of you who saw this one, in person or on TV. The debate on the previous thread centered on whether Bobby Boswell should have started in place of Greg Vanney; thoughts? Also also, Bob Cohn of the Times wrote a very interesting BB profile for Sunday's editions; worth a look. Despite the fact that Cohn referred to me as "a reporter." Also also also, someone below wondered about the MLS record for assists. It is Steve Ralston with 116. On Sunday, Jaime moved into a tie with Cobi Jones for fifth all-time, with 89. Also also also also, despite the fact I flubbed this the other day, I believe DCU is now within one point of clinching its playoff berth (Columbus/Colorado have max 46 points).

As for the reserves, a 1-1 draw with N.E., with Guy-Roland Kpene scoring the equalizer (from Nicholas Addlery) after a Miguel Gonzalez PK. With Shawn Crowe sidelined, two-time USL2 Goalkeeper of the Year Ronnie Pascale of the Richmond Kickers got a bit of work.

Because these are exceedingly lengthy, I'll post the quotes after the jump, again, with thanks to Paul.

Josh Gros on being back: "It's been a long two weeks. Been to a bunch of doctors and finally found out he cleared me to play. So it felt good to get out there and play."

On whether he suffered any ill effects in the game today: "No, they had me on medications to prevent migraines so hopefully that works."

On whether what he thought were concussions in the past may have just been migraines: "Every time I had an occurrence they called it a concussion so I assumed they were all concussions....It may have been some concussions were migraines."

Were you ever nervous for your career: "Yeah, absolutely, because I've had four occurrences this year where my vision got blurry, I was throwing up, I just felt terrible. It was scary, but hopefully there won't be any more migraines."

Tommy Soehn on Gros returning to the lineup: "Josh gives you everything he's got. He can open up your defense by stretching you. He works his keister off. He's a guy that we're happy to inject back in. [I'm] happy for his sake as far as confidence, to get a game under his belt to feel confident again and play [all 90 minutes]. I think he could have went another 90. Fitness is not an issue with him."

Soehn on his club's depth: "I think I want to focus on us. I still give our guys a lot of credit. We've played a lot of games, and we've injected guys in and out of the lineup, and everybody's kept a really positive attitude. I think it showed today. When you have the ability to bring in Bobby [Boswell] and Brian Carroll and Benny Olsen into a game, coaches have a luxury. And all of those guys affected the game. We injected a little energy. We've had a lot of games and a lot of travel and I know at a certain point it would affect some people. Fred ran out of gas. Fred put in a lot of energy early, we had guys we could bring in that were fresh and that was a big important step. And I give our team a lot of credit in a lot of ways, because they're resilient. We've been through a hard schedule and I've pushed them pretty hard; they've responded."

Soehn on the fact that United committed 20 fouls to New England 's five: "In the end you control what you can control. And what we tried to do was make it compact, and make it hard to play through you."

Soehn on whether this is the high point of the season: "We still have a long way to go. But we've continually brought new guys into the picture. The system stays the same, but the pieces keep changing. But again, I thought the three subs in the game really impacted the game. We were able to bring seasoned veterans in with experience and a lot of teams don't have that ability. Of course, we want to keep it going but there's a lot more games to go."

Soehn on why Boswell was not in the starting lineup: "We have to manage. Every three days we have a game, we have to manage that. We have an open relationship and I told the guys that [Devon's] going today because he's fresh. Devon sat out his share and I though Devon was a great piece today. He was fresh and you have to continue to do that."

Soehn on how much home field advantage would mean: "Look at our fans. We've got the best fans in the league. It's always playing like you have an extra guy. It's real important, having the final here in D.C., and the more games we get here obviously the better our chances are."

Brian Carroll on his assist [what's the golazo version of "assist?"]: "I don't even know who scored. I just got it atop the PK spot. I was happy."

Carroll on getting mobbed for the assist: "I think everyone was tired and they were just happy we got a two-goal lead. So we could just relax a little bit."

Carroll on guys coming off the bench to contribute: "Any time you have people like Bobby and Ben and myself coming off the bench to help the team, it shows it's a deep squad. And guys have pushed one another and helped this team contribute to the wins we have so far."

Carroll on competition for starting jobs: "I think it makes everybody better. It makes our team better, it makes individuals better and it makes you play better on game day."

Emilio, through an interpreter, on Moreno: "When he's on the field, people respect him. Overall I think that when Jaime's on the field, the team is more feared and respected."

Emilio, through an interpreter, on approaching the single-season record: "I didn't know about the record, but if it's a possibility that I can break the record, I welcome it. But that's not my main concern. My focus is to play well for the team and for the team to win. But if there's an opportunity to break the record, obviously I would welcome it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 9, 2007; 10:59 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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