Here's some Whitecaps reaction after their 2-0 loss at CenturyLink Field today:
Martin Rennie - Whitecaps FC Head CoachGeneral comments...) "I think it was an exciting game. Obviously not the outcome that we wanted. Overall I feel like our performance for most of the game was pretty good, I'm disappointed with the goals that we lost. I think playing three games in the week cost us a bit, near the end we were getting tired. With the number of players missing during the week during international games I thought we just looked a little bit tired. I think for us right now we've got a little bit of adversity, missing a few key players and the players that have come in aren't really match-fit yet. Now Andy O'Brien and Kenny Miller got 90 minutes and that's going to help us as we go forward. For me there's a lot of positive things to take away from it. It's always disappointing to lose, especially with the fans making the trip down here. I thought it was a good game, two good teams and a rivalry that can grow to become very strong in the league. I'm just disappointed that tonight we didn't come out better."
On missing some key players...) "Right now we've kind of got an unsettled team. As I said, as team right now we're facing a bit of adversity, but that happens. Generally this season we've done very well up until this point. Right now little things aren't going our way, maybe even the goal that they got that I didn't really feel was a free kick then we got punished with a goal against us. Those things right now are happening and in a season where that happens, it's really important how you bounce back from that and how you react. Do you take responsibility and figure out how to get better? Or blame other people and get your head down? I know this group, they'll take responsibility and they have character. An exciting things for us is that we're having some guys come back into our lineup and some other guys will have a chance to be fresh next week. Our team is really coming together well. Today was a disappointment but we'll bounce back from it."
On Barry Robson, Whitecaps FC midfielder who served his one game suspension today...) "I think he would agree that that was something that wasn't acceptable and deserves one game. The issue is that we didn't know until 9:00 PM last night and that makes it very hard because we've already put together our training, we've already picked our A-team, we've already picked our starting lineup and we've gone through all of our set plays. It was really hard to have a player like that, our captain, who is involved with everything you're doing, it was tough. I felt that given all of that adversity I thought it was a little unfortunate not to get something out of the game because we had chances. At least a couple of half-chances in the first half, we needed to take one of those. In the second half we definitely could have defended better. The overall performance of the team was good."
Andy O'Brien - Vancouver Whitecaps FC Defender(On today's rivalry match...) "It's disappointing because of the result. Hopefully next time we come here we get a better result."
(On his and Carlyle Mitchel's communication...) "Yeah, that is something you become more comfortable with the older you get. You're always talking and communicating, but through your younger years I suppose it's more of a learning experience. Yeah, it's something that I developed in my game over the years I guess."
On how he is managing to get adjusted to the pitches they have here...) "They're different, but the pitch is still the same size and everything is still the same. So it's not too different."
Barry Robson - Vancouver Whitecaps FC Midfielder(On him not being able to play in today's match...) "I don't know; I don't need to comment. I think everybody is looking at it knowing that it is all wrong. What can I do? I don't now, there's nothing I can do about it. I probably can't say anything about it either because they'll have a problem with that. All I can say is that everyone looking at it knows that it wasn't handled very well. I need to move on and worry about the game next week."
On how frustrating was it to be watching today...) "It's obviously very frustrating. The team was prepared for me to play, we come three hours and we find out this. Obviously I was supposed to be playing in the game then all of sudden it changed, and teams had to change. We were at a huge disadvantage and I feel sorry for the players and the staff of our club. What can I do?
On if he is embarrassed about the incident that caused his one game ban...) "Of course. I never once intended to kick the ball at the official. We were getting beat in a game and I just kicked it out of frustration. There wasn't even a thought of the official being there, it didn't even cross my mind. I got kicked out the game, and I accepted that being that I kicked the ball at an official. But then I ended up getting banned for a game, getting a fine, getting massive punishment. It seems to be very harsh on what they have done to me."
On the ways that match was officiated and the consequences of his ban...) "I can't comment, I'll probably get in trouble again if I speak on it. All I can say is everyone look at the consequences of make your own mind up. Yeah I accept, I understand I kicked the ball at the official. I'll take the ejection, I'll take the yellow card, and I'll even take the fine, but a bigger fine and a game ban? To put the team in jeopardy and make it all hard for us; I hope it doesn't happen again, I hope it doesn't happen to any club."