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Hat trick sparks Caps’ coach’s biggest win

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm with No Comments »
October 9, 2013 10:59 pm

Here’s some of what the Whitecaps had to say tonight after their 4-1 pounding of the Sounders at CenturyLink Field:

Coach MARTIN RENNIE
On his impressions of the game)
“Well you know it was a phenomenal game and night for Vancouver Whitecaps fans to remember for a very long time. I think we played a great game tonight. We played some great stuff, kept good possession of the ball, [and] moved the ball well in a tough environment to come to against our biggest rival. I’m really proud of the players. They worked extremely hard and took their chances when they came along.”

On whether he saw the outcome of tonight’s game coming) “I was hoping, yeah. I was hoping so. We needed that tonight. These players – I think people don’t believe in them as much as they should and I think the most important thing is that the players are really believing in themselves and that will encourage their confidence even more and build their belief even more. Tonight was a really good night for us and we’ll enjoy that and then we have to then get focused on the next game.”

On Kekuta Manneh’s hat trick) “It’s what we were hoping for. We kind of joked before that you’re never exactly sure what you’re going to get with an 18-year-old, but he’s unbelievably talented and he’s someone we’re really proud of and we’re really glad to have him on our team. He’s just showed what he can do tonight and, obviously with young players, you’re not always going to get that consistent level of performance. But you know, we did actually talk about it before that if he showed up, he could make a huge impact on the game and he did.”

On whether this is the biggest win for him as coach of the Whitecaps) “I think so. I mean, we’ve actually scored seven goals in our last two away games, so both the last away games have been very good, but that’s certainly up there, especially coming to Seattle, which is a great club and we’ve got a lot of respect for them, so I think getting a win like that is huge for us.”

On how much tonight’s win helps his team’s confidence) “I think it helps us a lot. I think the first thing is we’ve still got a good chance and that’s important. I think the second thing is that whenever you play a game like that – and I think on Sunday we played really well, too, and [Goalkeeper Donovan] Ricketts came up really big for them – but I think the last couple of games we’ve played really well, and that gives confidence and we’ll go for it with everything we’ve got in the next game too.”

(On Kekuta Manneh’s development this season…) “He’s 18 years old. We’re just trying to develop him. He’s had games where he’s done well and games where he hasn’t done well, but he’s coming along. He’s got unbelievable talent. We just have to nurture it properly, but tonight he was fantastic.”

(On Manneh’s poise during the game…) “He’s got that pace as well. Once he gets away, there’s no way anyone is going to catch him. But what he’s got, which other players with pace don’t have, is the ability to slow down and be calm. He finished his chances really well tonight. I think he took every chance he had.”

(On Nigel Reo-Coker…) “Yeah, that was great. He hit it so hard [Gspurning] couldn’t save it. Yeah, it was great. He works so hard for our team. He doesn’t always get goals or assists, but I think he brings other things, and tonight he got a goal. I’m really proud of all the players. They’ve been working extremely hard and we’ll have to continue to do that.”

(On whether the upcoming 10-day break in their schedule is helpful…) “I think it’s nice to have a little break. I mean, obviously we come up to a big game. They have a break as well, I think, so it doesn’t really make too much of a difference.”

(On Daigo Kobayashi’s performance…) “I think he’s done well, probably his best couple of games. He still needs to get fitter to give us that for 90 minutes, but I think he did well there. We’re pleased with his contribution and everybody’s, and really happy with tonight and looking forward to the next one.”

(On his goalkeeper David Ousted…) “I think he had a very big game. He made a couple of really, really important saves. I think he’s done really well for us. I think it takes time for players to settle in and get used to a new country, and a new league and everything else, but I think he’s done very well with that adaptation and I think he will do extremely well for the Whitecaps.”

(On why the midfield is working better with the current formation…) “Well, there’s just more options. People are picking up different positions, difficult positions to mark and I think that’s worked out quite well for us. I think with the players we’ve got, it might be a better way to go.”

Forward KEKUTA MANNEH
(On the feel before the game)
“I always have this feeling about the game, that I’m going to make an impact no matter how much time I play-if I start or I come from the bench. I’m always looking to make an impact in the game. [...] I was unlucky in previous games-hit posts and then the goalies make saves-but this time I was lucky to get goals.”

On his finishing…) “We’ve been working at practice every single day, after practice doing extra finishing with [goalkeeper coach Marius Rovde and assistant coach Paul Ritchie], so we’ve been working on it every single day. It paid off today.”

On looking calm on all three goals…) “I’m more nervous in this interview than the game I will say but these are the types of games that I look forward to play in. These are the games we dream to play, for the playoffs in front of this crowd. It’s just amazing. All we can do is get excited and play the game.”

On being comfortable playing with Daigo Kobayashi…) “He’s a good player. He’s smart, too. He has great vision. We have a really good relationship off the field as well. We go out to eat and all that stuff, so we just feel comfortable.”

Goalkeeper DAVID OUSTED
On the win…)
“It’s big for both the players and especially for the fans. It was a great atmosphere today and it was great to see all those people that drove here from Vancouver. Well, almost a perfect game.”

On never winning in Seattle before…) “I heard about it and of course that was something we wanted to come here prove to people that we could win anywhere and we can win here. We got that win today and it was important for the club and especially the fans, like I said.”

On his save before Seattle scored its first goal…) “We got caught a little bit on a counter and he takes a quick throw in, and I just corner him and close him down and make sure that he couldn’t get by me.”

Defender JAY DeMERIT
On the win…)
“I think we proved today that we can both give a good fight but also there’s some ability in the team to keep it rolling and score some good goals. It’s really important now to not rest too much on this and we need to go on to Colorado and prove to ourselves and everybody that we can go there and win. It would mean a lot for the club.”

(On the upcoming break…) “It’s nice to have two days off and enjoy this win for a few days and then get back to training and then looking at Colorado and keeping ourselves focused on what the main focus is here, and that’s pushing our way into the playoffs.”

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