If he feels ready to start: I’m a veteran guy. I’ve played plenty of games. I know these guys a lot, I’ve trained with them every day. From Day One, it’s never been, ‘You’re the backup; go sit down.’ It’s the team, and the club and the coaching staff has always kept me involved, kept me into everything. It will be fun. It will be fun going forward to see how things work out.
On if it was useful that Frei played through his injury a while Friday, giving Perkins time to prepare: I prepare if I’m playing or not the same way. We went out before the game as always to get a full workout in with the goalkeeper coach – Tommy (Dutra). So I’m always prepared to play and always ready. I told Stef, ‘If you know you can’t go, you’re better off coming right off because if something happens, now it’s your fault and someone’s going ‘Why you didn’t come off?’ He did his best and he tried to fight through it, but unfortunately it just didn’t get any better for him.
On communication with back line: Incredibly important. But it’s also one of things that if we’re at home and in front of 40,000 people I could sit there and yell at you from 15 feet away and you’re not going to hear me. So it’s everyone being in tune with what the big picture is. You know where people are supposed to be and we’ve got enough veteran guys where we know where guys should be.
On his opportunity to play: I’ve got to show the club that they made a good choice in picking me up. And I owe them a lot as well. It’s my chance to give them a little bit of playback for them helping me out.
On if the absence of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins adds pressure on the defense and goalkeeper: No. I’ve learned early (not to) start doing things that are out of your hands or out of your control. I don’t score goals, it’s not my job. You just worry about what you have to do, and that’s all you can do. Chad Barrett might show up and score three goals, but you do what you do and just keep guys focused and calm.