Here's what he had to say:
On Philly coming off of a 5-1 loss at LA: They’re coming back home, they’re going to be motivated, they’re going to be driven to do better for sure. They have a few injuries as well, which is helpful, and minutes-wise – with the exception of not having a game on the 13th – they’ve played a schedule that’s comparable to ours. We should be somewhat similar, so those are positives. But I think the main thing is they played so poorly in LA they’re going to be highly motivated to make amends.
On the Union: They’ve got good flanks play when they’re doing well. Sebastien Le Toux runs one line as a winger. The other line, they have a lot of energy there. When they run on the outside (Cristian) Maidana is definitely a playmaker type of guy. They try to hold up the ball up front usually with one of their big forwards. It’s really their midfield and their wide play that helps generate their attacking play.
On memories of winning Open Cup there last season: That seems like so long ago. It was a hard-fought game for sure. For their club, that night was a very emotional night for them. It was their first time, first trophy of any sort, and being at home they were a highly motivated and alert team. We did a good job in terms of equalizing the game, in terms of coming back and winning the game, but it was definitely an emotional 120 minutes.
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On another two-game week: For us right now the biggest implication is our inability to a certain extent for us to rotate because of the injuries that we have right now. Certainly there’s opportunities for players to step up and play, and we’re very confident in the depth of our team. But we’re also in a stretch of games where if we would have had more bodies available we would have been able to rotate a little bit more. It would have been a little easier for us to maintain our quality, but it is what it is right now. We’re rotating some guys probably as we go into the game (Wednesday) and then we’ll rotate some guys are we go into the game on Sunday. It’s just our hands are tied in certain areas of the field and certain positions as to what our options are.
On the health of Chad Barrett and Gonzalo Pineda: Barrett stayed at home, but he should be good for Sunday. … I think Pineda is possible for (Wednesday) so we’ll make the decision in the morning on him.