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Teleconference Quote Sheet: Houston Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear and Goalkeeper Tally Hall

on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 23:50
Teleconference Quote Sheet: Houston Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear, Goalkeeper Tally Hall, and Midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia
 
Head Coach Dominic Kinnear
On MLS Cup and the LA Galaxy…
 
First off, it’s an honor and a privilege to be representing the Eastern Conference in MLS Cup this year.  We’re very proud of the achievement, and of the road we traveled to get to MLS Cup.  We feel the hardest game can be the last, and that’s the case on Saturday.  They have a very good team, an excellent coach, arguably the best coach in Major League Soccer, in Bruce Arena.  They have a cast of superstars who play very well as a team.  They look very good in the playoffs, they’re very dangerous. We have our work cut out for us, but we feel comfortable when we step out on the field.  May the best team win, and hopefully that team on the day is the Houston Dynamo.
 
On Oscar Boniek Garcia…
 
First of all, he’s a good player.  He makes our team better on both sides of the ball.  I think you can appreciate when you watch him play.  Technically very smart, good on the ball, can go at guys, can beat you off the dribble.  He can tuck inside, has good tough, has good vision, and good awareness.
I think he is something that we really needed at that point in the season.  It was a good signing by us, and I lean on Chris Canetti, I give him a ton of credit for making sure this deal happened.  I know the fans enjoy watching him play.  The players enjoy having him on the field and in the locker room.  He doesn’t say a whole lot to be honest, and I don’t know if he would if he knew English, but he’s a great pickup for us.  The team overall is better because of his addition.
 
Has there been one game where Oscar has stood out?
 
Not really, Michael.  I don’t really look at individual games.  But the one thing that does stand out for me, is in the past, and it happens all around the world, internationals come to new leagues and it takes a while to adjust to either the league, the pace of play, the difference with the language barrier, referees… He had no adjustment period, he came in for two practices and we played three games in a week.  He fit in not really knowing the team or the players, that just shows you the type of player he is.  His adjustment period was two days of practice.  I don’t think he’s had a bad game for us, and hopefully he continues to have good games for us in the near future, and beyond.
 
Comparing and contrasting the Dynamo and Galaxy…
 
I don’t think we’re very similar at all.  The two teams play very different.  I wouldn’t call them glamorous, they grind games out.  If you look how many 1-0 victories they’ve had, it was quite a few.  And in the finals it was a 1-0 victory.  As far as management, they have AEG, we have AEG plus, also Oscar De La Hoya and Gabriel Brener.  One thing that sticks out are the individual names.  David Beckham is known worldwide, and Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane are no strangers to international football and people who understand the game.  They have grinders on their side of the ball too.  For those guys who are all good players, they have other good players behind them, who maybe have a different role on the team. 
 
We have a little of the same, they’re maybe not very well known.  I think there is a difference, every team plays different.  Both teams are successful in different ways, I think you try to be successful the way you can.
 
On what sort of league MLS should be…
 
I don’t know, I’m not the commissioner, Leander.  I think if you look at league, it’s a mixture of all three.  I think the college game and academies are important for our league and for our National Team.  You want to get these young professionals at early age, get these guys who are unknown, but young players who have potential.  Look at Javier Morales, who really kind of came in at 26, 27.  Not too many people knew of him and he had a great impact on the league.  I think we’re getting away from the aging superstars.  It’s happened in past and it can be the case, but it’s such a big gamble with big amount of money.  Every team approaches this question with different answers.  Fans probably want superstars at a good age where they’re still seeing the best football.  You want American stars coming through, and you want surprises from players from the Western Hemisphere.
 
On Corey Ashe’s transformation into a really consistent and important performer…
 
Yea, it’s a good point.  You hit it right there, he is a consistent performer .  He changed himself to left back from midfield.  He’s one of the better left backs in the league.  He’s a good one-on-one defender, has good pace, still has the ability to go forward and attack from D.  But the one thing you did say that sticks out in my mind is that he has been consistent this year.  If you look at his starts and his minutes played, he’s played a ton.  I think we’ve had a good defense this year and he’s part of that.  He has a good partnership with Brad Davis.  Brad has a good partnership with Corey, they work off each other well.  The biggest thing for Corey is that he’s been consistent and he’s been consistently good.
 
How having Oscar Boniek Garcia at midfield with Brad Davis has helped Brad…
 
We keep the ball, it’s kind of hard to say.  I think that’s more of a question for Brad.  They’re two players who are very gifted and will tend to keep the ball more.  We can be a possession oriented team at times.  It’s good for both, it leans on their strengths, their ability to hold on to the ball and make the right pass.  The signing helps everybody, the stats don’t lie.  Wins, goals-against, goals-for… He patrols that right hand side, and he makes life tough for the opposing players on both sides of the ball.  He’s a team player, and individually we all think he’s a nice player to watch.  I think a lot of people are benefitting from him at midfield.
 
Differences between the Galaxy now and in May…
 
It’s different personnel from May 26 on Saturday with Omar Gonzales, Josh Saunders, Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Christian Wilhelmsson.  There are tendencies in the way they play, formation in the way they shape up.  The difference is personnel.  The players that were missing make LA a better team.
The game against Seattle at home they were playing very confident, a well-deserved 3-0 win.  We want to make sure we’re prepared to step on the field when we play them.
 
On what Brian Ching has meant to the Houston Dynamo…
 
His role has changed.  He’s still respected, admired, he’s an imporatnat part of team.  He’s a great professional.  I always say, if I was playing, I’d want Brian on my team.  He’s meant everything to this team.  He’s an absolute winner on the field and off the field.  He’s adored in Houston.  The coaching staff thinks very highly of him, the training staff loves him.  We wouldn’t be who we are today as a team without Brian.
 
On Houston’s ability to survive after losing big name players…
 
I think the one thing we’ve been lucky with is that we were in CONCACAF Champions League. That gave a lot of young players the opportunity to play. It gave them experience at an early age, and it’s what helped them become better players.  There are players in that locker room who will accept guys if they come in and want to work hard.
 
On Houston’s ability to survive after losing big named players…
 
I think the one thing we’ve been lucky with is that we were in CONCACAF Champions League. That gave a lot of young players the opportunity to play. It gave them experience at an early age. We’ve also had good experience with signings, draft picks and trades. You always need good technical players with the right attitude and when you have that and when you give yourself a chance, the right thing can happen. Sometimes you have to go out and find a bargain and keep your fingers crossed and hope that bargain goes well for you.
 
Goalkeeper Tally Hall
On facing the same team as last year in the championship…
 
Every year is different and special, so for us to be in it again after last year, I remember very well the feeling after the game.  It wasn’t pleasant, I didn’t like it.  I want to win.  The fact that the team we’re facing on Saturday is the same on we faced last year, for me, is a coincidence.  I’m not looking to this year for revenge for last year, but it’s an exciting game, and we look forward to it.  It puts a big smile on my face thinking about it.
 
On Oscar Boniek Garcia…
 
As a player, bringing a new player in halfway through the year, you’re always wondering how he’s going to fit in.  I think it’s clear what he’s done on the field, his work, his skill with the ball.  Anyone who’s watching can see.  In the locker room, obviously there’s a little bit of a language barrier, but it’s easy to see he’s a good guy.  Fits in well with everyone, he’s always smiling, he always has a positive attitude.  He just kind of came into this locker room and fit right in.  When you say that he came in halfway through the year, this point it hits me as a surprise because I feel like he’s been on the team the entire year.  He comes right in and fits right into the puzzle.  Great signing by the team, good guy in the locker room, I know all the players are happy to have him.
 
What championship week feels for Tally, and what it’s like to be in goal for an ultimate game, where any given moment of excellence or error can be decisive…
 
When I was playing U-13, it was Harbor FC, quiet a thrilling match in the final.  But, then it was kind of hang with your buds, now this is my job and I approach it like that.  Obviously it’s the only thing I do so I get to spend a good amount of time honing my skill.  To play in a game where a mistake or any action can lead to a successful season or failed season, I try to approach every game the same.  I’m always trying to be mistake free.  I never like when the team gets scored on.  With the finals a few days away, I my approach game same way, and I think that’s the best thing I can do.
 
On differences between the Galaxy now from back in May…
 
It’s the same players, you see them now, they’re watching their playoff run, they’re firing on all cylinders.  They have good one-twos and effective attacks.  I look at it and think that’s a team that’s on the same page.  I want to beat them, I want to beat them at their best. That’s how I am.  Going back it seems like a long time ago.  I don’t expect anything different on Saturday.
 
On what Brian Ching has meant to the Houston Dynamo…
 
Since I’ve been on the team, and this is my fourth season, Brian was never considered a vocal leader, he’s always leading by example.  It’s not because he hasn’t seen as much time on game day, he still puts in the same work and preparation.  He’s still a guy people look at.  How he looks, how he acts how, he trains, is how professionals should do it.  His best quality is leading by example.  He’s positive and how he approaches practice is how everyone should be approaching practice.  He makes sure the stakes are high and everyone is accountable.  This is a team where everyone is putting in effort for each other, so it rubs off on us.  In these last four years I’ve seen some of the magic, it’s almost folklore here in Houston.  He’s scored some big goals for us, and how this city reacts to him and what he’s done in Houston, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of it, at least for a little while.  If I take a step back, it’s something special I’ll take with me after my playing days in Houston.
 
On Josh Saunders…
 
I don’t know him that well but he has had a difficult path in his career. He got an opportunity last year and he took it in a huge way. I won’t be talking to him this year unless in the tunnel I’ll wish him good luck. I hope he has a good game but hope he gives up more goals than we do.
 
Midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia
On his success as a newcomer in Major League Soccer…

It speaks to the player's level and the League’s level. I think the League has grown a lot, but not just because I arrived. I believe other important players have come such as Ricardo Clark, who was here previously and has strengthened the midfield, as well as certain players who coach [Kinnear] is taking into account that are very important.
 
On whether winning MLS Cup will help in competing for the [FutbolMLS.com] Latino of the Year…

Well beyond relying on this cup, I think certain players have already been eliminated from the running. I'm in pursuit of it, but beyond the individual award I think I am more interested in the team. If it comes it is welcome, but if not, I wish another Honduran wins it, since there are three of us involved in the semifinal. It would taste good if I win, as I mentioned before, it is welcome, but it would be a pleasure if another compatriot of mine wins it.