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Rookie keeper said quick goal settled him down

The visitors scored in the third minute and got what proved to be the game-winner in the 61st, but the reviews of Meredith's performance were generally positive.

Coach SIGI SCHMIDOn Meredith's performance and why he was used) "I thought Meredith played well for a guy in his first game, and this was a fairly big game. I thought he was composed. I didn't think he could do much on either goal. Maybe on the second goal he could have stood a little bit longer. That will come with experience. His feet were good. His composure was good. He came out and collected crosses. He was fine. [Kasey] Keller had an emotional game Saturday and felt not best to come with him today." MEREDITH On his first start) "Three minutes into the game, seeing that first shot, giving up a goal, definitely not the way I want to start the game, or my MLS career. After that I settled down a little bit, got the nerves out of me I felt pretty confident the whole rest of the game. The second goal was tough--they kind of intercepted a bad pass, not really much we could do--and we couldn't put away our chances. We had enough of them. We just couldn't put them away."

On when he learned he would start) "Yesterday after practice, so not much time."On if he suspected he would start) "Yeah, but you never know. I was hoping I would but I didn't want to count my chickens before they hatched. I'm thankful for the start and I think I played all right, but there's definitely a lot to improve on."

On if he had to talk himself back into the game after the goal) "Not really. Giving up the goal...you're going to give up goals as a goalie. To get one out of the way that early, it was tough obviously, but it kind of shook the nerves right out of me. After that I felt fine."

Defender JEFF PARKEOn the difference between having Kasey Keller in goal and a rookie) "It's big, but you're talking about one of the best goalies that's ever played in the US and to represent the US, so it's tough to compare. It's his first game out there with us and I thought he did a good job. I can't really compare them because it wouldn't be fair to him. It was his fist game and there's things you learn from it and you move on from it and you look at it and see what you could have done better and what you could have done to help the team."

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