And now for this postgame blog, which is going to have a lot of random odds and ends, per usual.
First of all, this quote from team captain Francisco Calvo. I asked him postgame what he thought new deisgnated player Angelo Rodriguez brought to the game in his debut (he started instead of Christian Ramirez). His answer was ... interesting:
“A lot. I was getting into Twitter, and I see some comparisons, Christian and Rodriguez. I don’t think that’s good that because that doesn’t help the team. Rodriguez, he’s going to get more confidence and then it’s the coach’s selection. Christian has been doing good work, but I think if he picks Rodriguez, he has to play, you know? So I ask you guys, don’t do that type of comparison, you know, because I think all of us, I mean, I’m not from Minnesota, but you’re from here, so you need to support the team. Sometimes you need to write something bad because that’s what you sell, the bad things sometimes. But I think Angelo is a good player, and he’s going to bring a lot of help to us.”
You can watch my Facebook Live below (or click here) to get my personal thoughts on what Calvo said. Basically, I think I understand where he's coming from as captain wanting to keep his team united (lmao the pun). But there's a misunderstanding there about what journalism is compared to what social media is and the goals of both that I think the team should address with him. Because I would hate for him to think that sports journalists' aim is to write bad things to make money. That's so very far from the truth.
Anyhow, on to other topics. Calvo also addressed his spat with Darwin Quintero he had after the offside Seattle goal, the confrontation in which Ibson had to intervene.
"We have a little bit of discussion over there, but it’s passion," Calvo said. "I can go on talking through it with him because he’s my friend. And nothing happened. For me, for me that’s past."
Coach Adrian Heath similarly downplayed the incident.
"Realities of a professional sport. A lot of disappointed bodies in there," Heath said of the locker room postgame. "People are not happy. People say things in the heat of the moment, part and parcel of it. I’ve seen it a million times, and I’ll probably see it a million more times."
Here is what Heath had to say about not using his third substitute in the game. He took off Rasmus Schuller for Collin Martin at halftime because of an injury and took of Rodriguez for Abu Danladi in the 69th minute because of fatigue.
"The way the game was going. ... I thought they were more likely to win the game. But I also thought that the way they were pushing men forward, we might get a breakaway again. And we nearly did on a couple of occasions," Heath said, referencing the three-man breakaway before the referee called the handball penalty. "I thought the break that we had, that we missed the chance, I thought we were capable of that, that last 15 minutes. So that is why I didn’t want to change it. I didn’t want to put another defender on because I thought that we would have attracted more and more pressure on. We weren’t winning enough of the first ball in the box as well."
As I said before, my Facebook Live is below. It's a monster one, so set aside some time to digest it all. Also check out the video from Heath's presser.