Like most goal-scorers, he seems to think one could lead to two could lead to many. And coach Sigi Schmid seems to agree at least that two could lead to more opportunities.
Here's some of what they had to say after training today:
OCHOAI think after the first goal, the rest will come. I got two, so hopefully I keep scoring.
On if it will help him in the forward rotation: Yeah, I think so. Scoring goals helps you out a lot as a forward. I just have to keep playing the way I’m playing, and hopefully score a couple of more goals.
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His take on the start of the season: We’ve been doing good, but we haven’t been scoring a lot, and our forwards haven’t been scoring a lot. Just Dave (Estrada) has the four goals. As the forwards, we’re the ones that have got to step up and scoring. Having those two goals helps me out a lot, and helps out the team, too. Hopefully we keep scoring goals.
His take on his playing time: You always want to be out there and playing: be with the starting 11. But you’ve just got to keep working. Sigi, he’s the one who decides who plays. He’s the one who decides who’s doing better at practice. So we’ve just got to keep working. Hopefully I’ll get more chances.
His fitness: I feel a lot better. Playing those 90-minute games helps you out a lot. It’s not the same, practicing and playing full games. You’ve got to get game fit. Keep playing those games and those friendlies we have helps me out a lot. (checked his numbers)
Impacts of Eddie Johnson trade and Estrada's fast start: When I saw the trade, when I saw Mike (Fucito) leave, it was hard for everybody. Eddie’s a good player. He’s helping out the team a lot. And Estrada is doing great. It’s a good competition for everybody. Yeah, you’re mad because you’re not playing. But the team, it’s working. You’ve just got to keep working, and hopefully you get your chance and do the best with it when you get it.
On reaching a busy part of the schedule: We have a lot of games, so hopefully I get more playing time. You’ve got to keep working during the week, and Sigi decides who plays.
SCHMID On Ochoa: Obviously it was good for him to get two goals. Like we’ve done last year and this year as well, when guys play well with the reserve team and have good performances, then that opens up the door and gives them opportunities as they move up. Him getting goals was very important.
On what was working against Ochoa: I think it was a fitness issue for a little bit of time. I think he’s gotten over that. Sometimes players get into a situation where they just maybe relax a little but – don’t push as hard – and he needed to get back into pushing. We’ve talked about that, and he’s been pushing a lot harder in the last 10 days.
On what Ochoa can contribute: Sammy’s good at holding up the ball. He’s good at playing with his back to goal. He’s good at bringing others into the game. So when he’s on his game, he becomes a good asset for us because he can hold up the ball and open up the field and bring our midfield into the game.