Quote Sheet: Fire vs. Impact

Quotes from Saturday's loss to Montreal

Frank Klopas

Photo Credit: 
Brian Kersey Chicago Fire
Quote Sheet
Chicago Fire 0 – 2 Montreal Impact
Stade Saputo – April 27, 2013
 
Frank Klopas, Chicago Fire Head Coach
 
On the game…
“I think we had a good start in the first 25 minutes and then we lost possession in the end of the game, we had an opportunity to keep the ball and the momentum kind of shifted. Then the red card changed everything. Also, because the Impact had two forwards instead of one, we changed our formation a little bit since it wasn’t expected. It was different for sure. The difficult part for us was when Marco and Paponi dropped in between our line. We have to communicate to pick them up and so I don’t think we did a good job with that. It’s always different when you are playing with ten guys.
 
On the red card…

“I think it was a terrible call. And then came the second goal as a result of this decision.”

On the decision to start Logan Pause at right back…

“He’s played there before, and we didn’t have any other options. Paladini was in good form and my other option was Mike Videira and he’s had enough concussions, so we put a right back that is experienced and has played that position before.”
 
Logan Pause, Chicago Fire Defender and Captain
 
On the game...
 
“Obviously the game was unfortunate. I think, individually being involved in both goals, I feel like I could have done better. It was not good enough defending for me and I felt like I let the team down a little today. We have a little bit of a break now so we have to move on. I think today we were not on top of our game, but we have been progressing, so we have a lot of soccer to play in the next couple of months. We have to regroup and get back to work and be ready for May 11th.”
 
On the red card....
 
“It’s hard to think that the red card was fair if they ended up moving the kick outside of the box. But it’s the referee’s decision so we have to live with it and move on.”
 
Sean Johnson, Chicago Fire Goalkeeper
 
“I thought it was a very unfortunate game, it started off well, and in the second half, when they scored, it went down from there. We changed our defense because of the Impact’s two forwards and obviously they are playing at home so they went in more aggressively in the second half, so they ended up putting two in the back of the net.”
 
Marco Schallibaum, Montreal Impact Head Coach

On his team’s performance…
 
“We played a very good game today. I saw a team that really wanted to win this game. They showed a lot of character and worked very hard to get that first goal. We believed all the way until the last minute and I’m very proud of the guys. We played a good team game today.”
 
On playing the 4-4-2…
“We have to be flexible. Especially with the game we played last Wednesday against Toronto. Sometimes as a coach, you have to make adjustments that will show your players that you want to win. So, we put an extra forward and played a more offensive 4-4-2 with Felipe playing right behind the forwards. We don’t want to make it easy for them, so we wanted a lot of movement in the midfield and deep down the flanks.”
 
On Paponi’s performance…
“It was his first start in MLS, so understandably, he’s not 100% fit yet, but he worked really hard, created a lot of chances and kept possession of the ball. I’m very happy for him.”

Davy Arnaud, Montreal Impact Defender and Captain
 
On the importance of getting the win…
 
“Coming off of a tie here against Columbus in our last home game, and then that result against Toronto, it was important for us to win this game. We knew it was going to be tough, but it’s a very good result for us.”
 
On Paponi’s performance…
“Daniele is a good player. The way he works and his movement off the ball. He hassles the defenders and that makes a huge difference to the team. He played really well and is a good addition to the team.”
 
On the team’s performance…

“I felt we played a good first half and we created some decent chances, all that was missing were the goals. We said at halftime that if we kept pushing, the goals would come and we came out there, did exactly that and scored.”

Wandrille Lefevre, Montreal Impact Defender
 
On playing in his first game…
“Things happen very quickly when you get on the field. I didn’t even have time to get nervous. I knew that I was coming in as a central defender despite being a natural midfielder, so I just told myself that I can’t make any mistakes. As my first appearance, I just told myself to keep it simple.”

On starting the play that led to the team’s first goal…
 
“I’m a natural midfielder, so playing as a central defender gave me a little bit of time and I was able to find Pisanu in the midfield. But as a defender, you have to make the right decision to move the ball up field because you don’t want to lose possession.”