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Quotables: Frank Klopas on Tornaghi, Soumare and el Chelis

20 March 5:47 pm

Quotables: Frank Klopas on Tornaghi, Soumare and el Chelis

By Jeff Crandall

Fire head coach Frank Klopas did his first media round-up of the week on Wednesday. Some choice quotes from this afternoon's session:

On Paolo Tornaghi's experience stepping in for Sean Johnson last season

"He basically came in at that point as a younger third keeper but he won that second position in preseason and the games that he played. We had a veteran guy as our number two, knowing that Sean had Olympic qualifying games, you saw that he was the one that started in the first game in Montreal.

"We have all the confidence in him, he’s played well and we know we’re going in a situation with World Cup qualifying and Sean being with the national team, its great for him but we have all the confidence in Paolo in moments like this to step in and do a good job because he’s very good ‘keeper."

On Bakary Soumare’s comments regarding his desire for a trade to the Fire

"With the salary cap and what teams want for players, it’s not always so easy. I know Baky very well, he spent a long time here and I saw that. It’s great when you treat guys in the right way, they feel this is always their team. There's always a lot of implications but you look into every situation for sure."

On the team’s outlook to bring in a striker before the summer transfer window

"We’re looking at everything. Any opportunity to see if we improve the team we’re going to look at it. You might feel there will be need somewhere, players might become available but the needs might be something different. We’re looking at all that but also knowing that it’s early in the season."

On the personality of Chivas USA coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola

"I don’t know the guy. It seems like he has the team on the right track and they’re working hard and he’s done a good job so far. Other than that, I don’t know. He’s a competitive guy just like I am."