SKCvPOR quotes: “We deserve these points and I’m happy for us”

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes

On John Pulskamp’s second-half saves…

The saves were very good, especially the one at the start which deflected and he caught it under him. That was the big deal and that was the most important because if they get that, maybe they’ll get some momentum. I’m honest when I say that. Sometimes our psyche is a little fragile, which is normal sometimes in this state. We try to find ourselves. We try to get to a place where we feel comfortable in these situations. If you look at the last three games, we have scored four goals, three goals and four goals. This part is excellent. It’s just about trying to finish the game and I think in the second half we were much better. We got by, we didn’t let the other team play as much. They also changed their formation. I think one of the things about this game is when you can get the other team to change the way they play, you’ve won something. I think the first half proved that. I think we played very well. I’ll end by just saying that I think we didn’t hold back. Scoring the fourth goal in the second half was also a very important aspect.

On the importance of the first goal…

I think we were knocking on the door. We were close, we were close, we were close. And that’s the game. Sometimes the game is very unfair and other times, like tonight, we got some really good chances. I also think we could have done a little more. They also dodged a few bullets. It’s not like we scored a few goals and the game was over. I just think we did what we had to do. And then at the end, I think getting the fourth call was a really big thing.

On Willy Agada’s early days with the team…

Scorers can score goals in different ways. I thought his second goal was great and it was his movement to get the defender to walk with him as he returned to the ball and then he created the space below. A great finish for him to get to the end of this. And then I also thought the ball being played to him and he throws it back to Thommy, holding the defender back, and Thommy’s first time is world class. It’s like I said before, if you look at the two guys that we added in the summer, those are the two positions that we have two guys that are out right now. Hopefully for the future, it also makes us incredibly strong for the future.

On Andreu Fontas’ goal…

I didn’t know he was going to start scoring every game, but it helps. I think he has been opportunistic in recent weeks, but Fontas has always proven to be very good in attack. He’s good on the ball and also smart around the boxes. He seized his chance. For us to be able to score from a free kick, throughout the game like we did tonight and on the block – all those things proved to the guys that they have the quality to do it. Now we just have to do it consistently.

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Erik Thommy

On the piece by Willy Agada…

I think Willy is really important for our game because he creates space up front. He keeps the ball and that gives us a lot of solutions in the last third. It’s important to us. Today was a reward for us because the last games we played well, but in the second half we had a lot of space for the other team and sometimes we made it too easy for them. I think the second half for us was much better than the other games. We have moved forward. We also created a lot of chances and in the end the 4-1 was perfect for us. Willy is in good form and he is helping us a lot and I hope he stays healthy and continues and continues to score in the next games.

On the team’s mentality in the second half…

I think we learned from the games of the last few weeks because the results weren’t what we wanted. The coach told us in the second half that we have to go a few meters in front and move forward and keep attacking, keep going for the fourth goal. I think we did. But it must be said that John (Pulskamp) saved us twice, and it was really important for our game. In the end, it was 4-0. Of course, if they had scored, it could have been another game. We wanted the three points here. I think after 90 minutes it was a good game for us.

Sporting Kansas City striker Willy Agada

On the importance of the team’s third goal…

I think we are so excited. First of all, I’m excited for the team. Well done for the boys. All the boys were working today. You can see how hungry everyone is today to play and everyone knows we made it. We deserve those points and I’m glad everyone worked and we did. I’m excited for us.

On Erik Thommy’s play…

I think Thommy is an important player in this team, ask everyone. We have such a good mentality. You can see him trying to work and trying to put us in the situation. It’s my job to keep the ball on top and if I have no choice, to keep it. Thommy always gives me options. So it’s a good goal from him and I’m delighted to be the one who gave him the assist.

On overcoming missed opportunities to succeed…

It’s a game. It’s football for you. It’s from moment to moment. When you get the chance, you get it. Even if it’s a goal, even if it’s not a goal. You just need to hold your head up high and keep going. It doesn’t matter if it’s a goal or if you missed it. It does not matter. At that point, it’s done. He will never come back again. You just need to keep a strong head and be professional and wait for the next one.

In the race for the team golden shoe with Johnny Russell…

He’s a great leader in the team and we all respect him and hope he continues. He is the one who pushes everyone, me and everyone in the team. He’s a great leader and I have a lot of respect for him and I hope we keep scoring. Me or him, anyone on the team can score. The most important thing is that the team wins. This is the most important thing.

On Ben Sweat’s assist…

Wow, a brilliant assist from Ben. It’s such a big connection. When I look at him, he just looked at me and he just put the ball where it’s so easy for me. Shout out to Ben. It was a nice pass from him. It’s crazy. These guys, they just make me a star. They are still cooking. I’m just eating. I’m so grateful to have amazing players like that on the team. They are adorable. Everyone is just here for the team. We are not selfish in this team. You can see how I threw the ball to Thommy and tried to give balls to Russell. That works. We play together.

On fan support…

The fans are incredible. It’s about love. It’s crazy. Love is crazy. I’m glad to have fans like that. I hope we continue to win games and put smiles on their faces. The stadium is always full. It’s incredible. I am delighted to be in this family. I’m so excited to be here.

On if the team believes there is a chance of qualifying for the playoffs…

Why not? It’s a race. We continue to work until the end. We are confident that we will make the playoffs. Why not? We just have to keep our heads straight and go game by game, just like we did this one. The next game is so important for us. It’s game after game and we just have to keep our mentality straight.

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