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Quote Sheet: Earthquakes vs. Whitecaps FC

On making more use of the flanks against Vancouver:
“The middle was pretty blocked up, with the guy [Kendall] Waston and [Tim] Parker. So we kind of had Anibal [Godoy] and JJ [Koval] sit in there a little bit to fight for second balls, and if we could kind of switch it out there quick, we knew it would be a good idea. So, I thought we did okay. It was a real physical game tonight. It was a bit of a ping-pong match to be honest with you. And it was just a real physical test, so any time we could try and get possession of the ball, we looked wide because that’s where the space was.”
On the team’s fortitude fighting for a playoff spot:
“I don’t think we had a particularly great first half. I thought we were kind of fouling, giving them set pieces, putting ourselves under pressure. We weren’t passing out of pressure great. I thought we were pretty good in the second half. We came out with a better attitude. And I thought we were better on the second balls. We were knocking the ball down, we were running back – I mean, the play Shea Salinas made on [Kekuta] Manneh was just a great example of our attitude in the second half.”
On not finding winning goal:
“Vancouver's a great team, but we wanted to get three points tonight and that was our mind frame from the first whistle. I thought we came out with good energy, but kind of in the wrong places. I thought we were a bit jittery at times, giving away silly fouls, silly set pieces and got punished.”
On David Bingham's late-game save:
“My mind frame was just sprint back and hope for the best. It’s so nice to have David back there. He's so quick. Great job coming off of his line to save that. He's very good at breakaways. He's a very good goalkeeper."
On breakaway save:
"I saw a bit of a heavy touch and I thought that was my best chance to go on and stop their counter and it worked out.
"If he was going to beat me, he was going to beat me, but I didn't want to beat myself in that situation. I didn’t want to give him an easy goal, so I stood up and saw my chance and took it."
On second-half adjustments:
"The first half we didn't play our best. We came into the locker room and we knew that. We were able to sort it out in the second half. Obviously they had a lot of set pieces and crosses in the first half. In the second half we were able to limit those. I thought we did a really good job and left it all out on the field."


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