And at training this morning, coach Sigi Schmid confirmed Jaqua will be in uniform tomorrow at Qwest Field.
"(I'm) very eager," Jaqua said at the start of the week. "But it’s also a matter of getting that sharpness back. You don’t want to come out too early and not be as effective as you could be. But I’m starting to feel like I’m getting some better touches, and it’s just a matter of playing now."
A little more from Schmid this morning:
(On how the team feels after first week…) “It feels like we haven’t won in our last two games because it’s the start of the season. People make streaks. It’s just like if you ask Salt Lake does it feel like they are on a 15-game unbeaten streak? No, because they have played one game this season. I think that’s great for the media and that’s great for fans to keep track of and somebody keeps a hold of that as a record. At the end of the day, it’s what you’ve done last week. You feel good or bad depending on your last performance and you know you are going to be judged by your next performance.”
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(On training this week…) “I think it’s been good. I think the team has responded well. I thought the training was good. Again, it was a short week for us because of the travel day and a day earlier with the game but that’s OK. We got our work in. It was good to get some guys back in the mix, like [Steve] Zakuani and [Brad] Evans and [Nate] Jaqua were able to do a full week of training so I thought those were all positives.”
(On the injured players…) “I’m not going to give you our starting lineup at this stage but I think they’ve shown themselves to be guys we have to consider and we have to look at in terms of the 18 and possibly even in the starting 11. ... Whenever guys are coming off an injury you never know when the relapse hits. I’ve got my fingers crossed and we are hopeful.”
(On state of the team…) “The only concerns I have are not getting overly swayed by the outside influences because I think people have high expectations for our club and as I’ve said we’re a victim of our own success in that regard so as a result of that people push the button real quick. ... There’s 96 points out there. There’s more than enough points that are there. Is Chivas pushing the panic button? Is Columbus pushing the panic button? You can’t do that. You just got to go. You got to look at a body of time. When you get four or five games into it then you sit there and say it’s either working or not working. But we haven’t been able to put our best 11 on the field yet and once we get our best 11 on the field then we will also be better able to judge.”