Player Blog: Patrick Nyarko

We all assembled for preseason this year feeling like we just missed our main goal (MLS Cup) by a whisker last year. There was a sense of excitement and anticipation, obviously because we learned in the offseason about the coaching change and everyone was curious to meet the new staff and get things started.

Setting off for preseason in four different cities, Phoenix, Guadalajara, Jackson and Houston our time on the road was definitely a learning process especially with a new staff coming in. We learned a couple of different formations and also the coaches instilled their philosophy in us and also tried to find the perfect fit for each player. 

There is always a sad feeling during pre season because a team can potentially lose some players and there were a few guys from last year’s team we lost this preseason (good luck to them). We also had a couple of additions to the team this season.

Throughout our time prepping for the MLS campaign, all the guys got to know each other -- the staff got to know the players and the players got to know the staff but the one thing that was on all our minds was kicking off 2010 against the New York Red Bulls in their new stadium.

Behind all the excitement in playing in at a new stadium, we were hungry to get our season off to a good start with an away victory. We went in there and with a great atmosphere in the background we set out to control the game, battling through the entire match we unfortunately ended up losing by a lone goal. We came away disappointed because we felt we were the better team on the day. We convinced ourselves we did a lot of good things and looked forward to building off the performance the next week against the Colorado Rapids.

We had a good week of training and headed to Denver feeling confident we could get a result. We got off to a somewhat slow start and trailed at the half but we came out stronger in the second half and leveled the score. It was back-and-forth action throughout the rest of the came and it eventually ended in 2-2 tie. Though we go into every game wanting to win, we were somewhat content with the point for the fact that Colorado is very good at home and a very difficult place to play.

We are excited to come back home and play in front of our fans at Toyota Park. The last time we played here for the Conference Championship the fans created an amazing atmosphere that spurred on our performance. We know the supporters are going to come out in numbers and we are looking forward to playing well and hopefully rewarding them with a victory to kick off the great season at home that we’re all expecting.

For us to win the game on Saturday, we need to execute what we’ve learned in training. We need to be extremely disciplined for every minute of the game. We need to respect the opponent and stay absolutely concentrated and of course play our game.

Most importantly we need YOU, the fans, to get us there!

See You Saturday!