Bowen and Zemanski look ahead

Players talk about team’s mindset going into busy week

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Juan Miranda (Chivas USA)

CARSON, Calif (Monday, March 28, 2011) - Late Saturday night after the teams 1-0 loss to Colorado, most of the Chivas USA players were still out on The Home Depot Center’s pitch, running. But this was not Coach Fraser’s idea of punishment for another disappointing result. The workout was part of a preplanned regeneration session for the players to get a jump-start on what should prove to be a busy week for The Red-and-White.

The team flew to Portland early Monday in advance of their US Open Cup match-up against the Timbers on Tuesday evening. From Portland they’ll fly directly to Toronto for another MLS game on Saturday. According to winger Tristan Bowen, the team isn’t even looking ahead to Toronto yet, instead taking it one game at a time.

“Portland’s next, so we’re focusing on Portland,” said Bowen. “And I think we need to prepare ourselves mentally for a fight. There are different guys who will have to step up in that game. I think as long as we’re in it as a team, and we fight for each other, we should be fine. It’s just a matter of preparing ourselves mentally.”

Like Chivas USA, Portland has started off the season with consecutive defeats. Although Tuesday night’s contest isn’t an MLS game, it’s a chance for one of the teams to get a win and start building positive momentum.

“We need to go out there and show everybody what we’re capable of doing,” said Bowen. “I just think we haven’t been playing the way we can play. This team has a lot of potential. The way we’re practicing is not the way we’re coming on the field.”

Second year Goat Ben Zemanski struck a similar tone to Bowen.

“We have to get ready quick,” said Zemanski. “We have to get [the loss to Colorado] behind us. We have to find a way to come close as a group, and get a result these next two games on the road.”

Bowen and Zemanski were both clear about the importance of the Open Cup. It’s certainly a competition the Goats are taking seriously.

“Every time we step on the field we have to win,” said Zemanski. “That’s our mindset; that’s the type of team we are. We need to compete every time we step on the field. Whether it’s in practice, Open Cup, or MLS, we need to compete and find ways to win.”