My follow-up on Monday will focus on the defense and what United is going to do without three starters, who will be on national team duty this next week. But I wanted to have some fun with this postgame blog and share with you some funny moments after the game.
First from Adrian Heath. When someone asked him in his postgame presser what he attributed United's more confident play to, he said without missing a beat, "Great coaching." And then when someone asked if he was worried at all about losing center backs Michael Boxall and Francisco Calvo to national team duty against the New York Red Bulls next Saturday, Heath replied, "Can I not enjoy it for two minutes?"
And in response to if he was sleeping better now than he was this time last year: "Yes. And my wife is a lot happier. Trust me."
(He also publicly dragged me for the green lipstick I'm wearing (it's holiday-themed!) and called it "unusual," which ... rude. But you can always tell if Heath's in a good mood if he's making fun of me rip.)
Goalkeeper Matt Lampson also had some good quotes. Asked if this victory meant more since it was against the team that traded him in January, he said, "Do you want the truth or do you want something to put in print?" He ultimately decided he'd get in too much trouble if he spoke his mind, but here is what he did say on record:
"I definitely had this day circled as soon as, on draft day basically when I found out," Lampson said. "It feels good. I will not lie. But at the same time, I'm just doing everything I can to help Minnesota United win games now. It doesn’t matter who it's against."
Lampson also started his locker room scrum saying how he finished an entire USA Today crossword (support journalism!) in the time it took Ethan Finlay to finish his interviews (Finlay is a very verbose guy, lmao. But also, so is Lampson, so he's one to talk). He also said his mom sends him the Columbus Dispatch's crossword puzzles (he's from Ohio and also support local journalism).
But what is the hardest crossword puzzle, in his experience? The Saturday New York Times ones, which he "very rarely" finishes. He said if he does finish them, it takes him days, whereas the Monday through Thursday ones he can complete in an hour or less. The Sunday version is bigger, but not necessarily harder.
"Saturday is hard as [expletive]," Lampson said. "The times that I finish those, it’s a good day for me, and I'll let you know the next time I do that because it's been awhile. ... If I ever have to look something up, I feel defeated, and I say, 'This is [expletive], and I'm never looking at this crossword again.'"
Also, in reference to the lede of my gamer, Lampson said he asked PR guy Eric Durkee for a team scarf ahead of the game. He said he always likes to have one during the match so he can show his support for the fans.
Rewatch my Facebook Live below or click here. And enjoy some videos from Heath and Wright as well.