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Quote Sheet: Phoenix Rising FC 0-0 Orange County SC 9.06.17

By PRFC Communications, 09/06/17, 10:15PM MST

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Head Coach Patrice Carteron

On getting a point:
“I think both teams deserve this point tonight. We started the game as usual with many opportunities in the first 15 minutes. After, I think we were a little bit nervous till the end of the half. In the second half, we did push. We had the big opportunity to score in the last minute, but physically…it was a difficult one. It’s never easy to play as you can imagine, many games consecutively. I had the feeling tonight we didn’t have the same energy as a few days ago. But, it’s seven points from the nine (on the home stand); it’s not that bad. Another clean sheet, I’m just sad we didn’t score the opportunity at the end. It would have been fantastic to have the three points tonight and to have another win.”

 

On the performance of AJ Gray:
“He’s always fantastic. When he came in, he has a fire in the legs. Most of the time, he’s better when he comes in during the games than when he starts. He makes a difference. It was not easy because tactically the two teams were well organized tonight. I decided to be more patient tonight about the substitution. But, it’s a point, we have another game in three days in Colorado, but we want to qualify for the playoffs so we are going to give our best.”

On if the team was fatigued after Saturday night’s game:
“For sure. You could feel tonight many players did not have the same quality. We did our best for them to be ready. In that kind of circumstance as a coach you never know if you give your confidence to the players that played the game before very good, or if you have to change. I decided not to change too much for this game, but after the game tonight I can see physically that most of the players were tired. For the game in Colorado, I have to think about fresh players. That’s why we had a special training session before the game today for the rest of the team.”

On the play of Jordan Stewart:
“He was very good tonight. Jordan, I liked very much in the drill, anticipating, very good with the ball, good attitude. It’s the kind of game if you score in the first 15 minutes I’m sure that it would have been an easy game because mentally we would have felt stronger. At halftime I could tell most of the players were tired and nervous; I really want them to stay calm, be patient. We tried to use the substitution, but it didn’t work tonight.”

On the play of new player Gladson Awako:
“I’m just sad he couldn’t score his amazing opportunity. It would have been fantastic to play just 15 or 20
minutes, and to score like he could have done. But, we are going to keep on working this way and try to have the best possible result.”

Defender Jordan Stewart

On his thoughts of the game:
“As I said before it’s like a stalemate, each team didn’t have a lot of chances. It was more of a battle for the midfield as you know so to get a clean sheet is always good but we’ve got the mindset that we always want to win, especially at home so there’s a bit of disappointment there.”

On adding Gladson Awako:
“He got
wacked on the first touch he had so I think that’s a thing to come, but he got in good positions. I think it’s going to take him a couple of games to get to know everyone and how we play, so he’s a great addition.”

On playing alongside Peter Ramage:
“I was saying before. There is a lot of talking going on and he helps me massively, he’s jumped on the leadership role while Didier’s been away and he’s a great captain and a great teammate to have beside me.”

On the upcoming trip to Colorado Springs:
“That’s the objective you know, we want to win as many games as possible and ultimately end up in the playoffs so it’s probably a no-no when you reflect on a game but we’ve got the mindset that we want to win all of our games. We’ve got a tough trip on the road against Colorado and obviously the altitude and that kind of stuff, but we’ve got a big squad so everyone needs to be ready and hopefully we can come home with three points.”

Midfielder Gladson Awako

On what he thought of his debut:
“To be part of this club, I think I really enjoyed myself this evening. Although we didn’t get the three points we needed plus we all knew it was going to be difficult and it was but we still have to keep pushing to win the next game to see how it goes.”

On his initial thoughts of the USL:
“Before we have different perceptions but I think now we are developing and its really good to be here and be part of. It’s professional and I like it.”

On reconnecting with head coach Patrice Carteron:
“It’s always been, should I say harder. He always wants the best from his boys. I’m glad, I’m happy to join him here. To work together.”