GREGG BERHALTER – SPORTING DIRECTOR & HEAD COACH
How did you view your performance today?
I thought it was good. Our guys were confident and overall it was a good game. They had an edge on us from a fitness standpoint and you saw that from the 70th minute on they kind of took over but overall the guys were poised and we played well.
How important was that first goal in the 44th minute to get into halftime with the lead?
Yeah because we had some chances and it was nice to go into halftime with the lead and the guys got confidence from that and we carries it over to the 2nd half.
You said a few times this week that come 3 p.m. this Saturday you’d have a better idea of where you stand so where do you stand?
What I noticed from the group was that they were calm. They were calm about the performance and that’s good. We know were not a finished product and we’re gonna get better so that’s good.
WIL TRAPP – MIDFIELDER & CAPTAIN
Thoughts on the game.
I thought we played really well. From a possession standpoint from creating chances and defensively playing agile I thought was excellent. Then we got that goals to end the first half and start the second half and we lost a little bit after that but the ability to see it through in this tough environment was key.
1st half it was evident that you guys weren’t gonna sit back today. How important was it to be aggressive not only in the 1st half but at the start of the second as well?
We had the wind to start the game and that helped us a lot to build out of the back. Defensively we won some balls in good spots and we transitioned well but I thought our collective defending and attacking was really on point.
This is the first time you’ve started the season with a win since 2014, does having 3 points to start the season put you ahead from previous years.
It’s hard to win games, it’s hard to win games on the road especially against the def ending champs. Being better away is something we’re trying to focus on this year. Being away and scoring 2 goals and getting the shutout, and a win is a great start.
PEDRO SANTOS – MIDFIELDER
How do you think you did today?
We did a great job, everybody knew what to do today and I’m very happy with this first win and to start the season this way.
On Zardes’ goal to start the 2nd half, what did you see on that play?
We saw on video that when he’s 1-on-1 with the centerback, I know where he’ll go so I put the ball there and he went and got it.
Coach said that at halftime he told you guys to press and get that second goal. How important was that goal right after halftime for you?
We knew that Toronto would press and try to score a goal so I think the second goal almost killed the game and for us it gave us more confidence for the final 45 minutes.