We'll start with defender Marc Burch, who was involved in a midweek controversy about his release from DC United, then didn't start against his old team on Saturday, then got on the pitch in stoppage time, and almost got what would have been the winning goal when his header bounced off the frame.
Here's some of what he had to say:
On if he's relived that header much over the weekend:A lot. My friends in D.C. let me hear about it a little bit: the excitement they would have felt and the disappointment for them. I could have scored it. It was just something that popped up a little quicker than I expected. It happens. We could have stole three points, but the tie is good enough.
On disappointment in not starting: Of course. I want to play. I always want to be on the field. It’s the coach’s decision. He’s going to pick the team. I’m going to keep fighting. Got a (reserve) game tomorrow night that I can prove that I can be back in it, just make his decision tough. A shutout. Zero-zero is good. But I don’t know if I could help out to spread the attack more, or if Leo did a much better job defending that I have been, or however it is. But I’ll just prove myself tomorrow night and try to get back out there on Saturday.
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On when he heard he wouldn't start: I had heard it earlier in the week. It’s just part of the game: You don’t want the other team to know who’s starting, who’s playing, so they can’t plan for the attack. I talked to some of the guys and they were planning on me playing. It kind of surprised them. Maybe it threw a little shock into their game. But, you hear early and you just play it as it is.
On DC fans booing his entry: I was pretty happy with how they responded. I figured you just have a little fun with them. The big-time fans, they all know how much I love them and how much I appreciate what they’ve done, and they really appreciate what I’ve done. And then there are the fans, the guys who just want to (complain) and moan all the time and come after me throughout the five years that I was there. And that’s going towards them, that’s not going toward the true DC United fan. And I talked to them and I told them, ‘It’s just games, it’s just fun and games.’ I was excited to play there, I was excited to go back. I appreciate them all having that kind of passion towards me. It gave me a little bit of energy, it gave me a little bit of run. I wish I would have put it away. It would have been a real nice one.
On if he had a goal celebration planned: I did not have a celebration planned. I didn’t plan on playing, so I didn’t really have a celebration planned. But if I thought about it I probably would have went over and gave it to them back a little bit. It would have been a fun game.
On reaction from ex-teammates after: Pontius said he didn’t think he would have ever played again if I would have scored because I was his man and he was mad at me. They all know I can still play. They would have been so happy for me in a couple of weeks if I would have scored. On that night they wouldn’t have been, but those are my friends. Those are guys I’ve been with for a while. It was great to see them. Even (coach Ben Olsen), he’s fun to joke around with. I told him if I scored I was going to pick him up and celebrate with him. He said he’d punch me in the throat. It’s all fun. I love those guys. There’s definitely bad blood throughout everybody, but there’s guys you never loose those relations with.
On if his benching might have had anything to do with providing bulletin-board material: No, I don’t think so. I think it was based off how training was going, the last game, and how Leo’s been doing – a bunch of factors, but I don’t think it had anything to do with what I say. He didn’t even bring it up, and I don’t think he would.
Afterward, coach Sigi Schmid confirmed that. He also said he doesn't mind his players providing a little bulletin-board material if it reflects that the player is confident. I'll have more on that later.