Q&A with Robin Fraser
With three weeks in, and three disputed matches, Chivas USA currently sits in 14th place in Major League Soccer’s 2012 season standings after falling against Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, both matches disputed in The Home Depot Center, and obtaining a historic win against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Cdchivasusa.com sat down with Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser ahead of the team’s match vs. Sporting Kansas City this Sunday at The Home Depot Center to talk about his thoughts on the team.
Cdchivasusa.com: How have you seen the evolution of the team’s performance in comparison to the first match of the season?
Robin Fraser: I thought in the first match of the season, we played well. We created a number of chances, we didn’t finish them. By the same token, we were solid defensively but had a few blaring mistakes that we were fortunate not to have costs us. Since then, we’ve worked on being more solid defensively. If you look at our last two performances, Vancouver really had two opportunities, and scored one off a set piece, so we’ve gotten better there. Then we go to Real Salt Lake, who is arguably the best team in the league and to hold them to 0-0 was a huge accomplishment, and to get a win on the road was fantastic. On the offensive side, we felt that we created a few chances in the first game, probably didn’t create quite as many chances as we needed to in the second game, then against Real Salt Lake at their place, it was a battle. The team’s willingness to fight and really get through tough situations, that’s as toughest situation as there is to play at Rio Tinto. I’m extremely proud of the way the players have fought together, and with true conviction. As a result, not only did they hold them scoreless, but were able to find an opportunity and get a goal.
C: Dan Kennedy leads the league with the most saves. What are your thoughts on his performance so far?
RF: I think that that’s a bad statistic for the team that Dan has had to make the most saves. It’s great for Dan and it’s great for the team that Dan is making saves like that because we are continuing to improve. While we continue to improve, it’s important that we keep ourselves in games and right now, Dan has been a key part in doing that
C: MLS is currently in its fourth week and Chivas USA has already key players injured such as Michael Lahoud, Alejandro Moreno and Juan Pablo Angel. Do you think these absences have affected the team’s performance?
RF: They’re three good players that aren’t available for selection. I think any team is going to say that if they are less than at full strength, then you’re not at your strongest position. For us, we’re looking forward to seeing those guys getting healthy, getting back and getting in consideration for the 18 and the 11 [squad].