Chelis: This is a team that fights all the way

Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, Edgar Mejia & team captain Dan Kennedy spoke about season opener

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HEAD COACH – JOSE LUIS SANCHEZ SOLA

Thoughts on the match: “Tonight, Columbus was the fair winner. However I liked the way my team played and how we fought throughout the game, but we need some more tools to solve the game and I need to provide those tools for my team, I’m responsible for that. I didn’t provide the tools to my team but I have what is hard to get, a team that fights the 90 minutes of the game. I’m very proud of my team and this is just the beginning.”

Style of MLS play: “Perhaps the difference is that here [MLS] they send the ball long over the top more. Unfortunately, nowadays soccer has gone more toward the physical side than the technical side. In other words, it seems like now the style of playing if lean toward the physical side all around the world.”

The importance of being relentless: “I thank God for the team that I do have, the objectives that I set myself with for today were accomplished. This is a team that fights all the way. However, this team still needs the necessary tools to score and the result was fair. They [Columbus] were better than us tonight. This team [Chivas USA], I’m sure is going to succeed. This team has what any team requires to succeed which is, they never stop fighting and never walks with their head down, they look ahead and fight.”

 

MIDFIELDER – EDGAR MEJIA

Thoughts of the game: “We didn´t win but is not the end of the world. It’s the first game of the season and we know that we have to do it better. It is important to win the next game.”

Style of MLS play: “It´s different, it´s not easy, but we are going to make it happen. In general the MLS has a very good level of play.”

About the result: “They [Columbus] capitalized on their opportunities, and we didn’t. They have players that made the difference, but now we have to think and be ready for the next match. This game served as a measuring stick. We need to improve for our match next week, stay grounded and not overreact over the result.”

 

GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY

About the game: “I think we can be better at passing the ball and play a little bit better, everybody, including myself. We competed really well; I do think the score lines were definitely unfair because we created some opportunities throughout the game. I can’t say how disappointed I’m, I came in tonight really excited about this game wanting a win if not a tie. However, there is still plenty of soccer to be played.”

Style of MLS pace: “Hopefully we have a quick learning curve for all the guys who are new, and now they understand how physical and cruel this league can be. There is going to be an acclimation period for anyone who is new.”

On the outcome of the game: We were literally a bounce here or there to evening the game up so I’m not going to put too much emphasis on the score line. We need to make sure we can build on this going into our next home match.