POST-GAME QUOTES: UNION AT GALAXY

Team Manager Peter Nowak
 

On Edson Buddle:
 

"(He's) very good. It’s a very good sign (for MLS). Edson is a very dangerous guy up top. Even when he’s playing by himself, he’s still able to find the space and find the right moments to engage and find the spots to score goals. It’s a positive sign. I think he’s a good example for all these players who have been around the league—year-by-year they try (to get better). He looks like he’s very hungry for goals. It’s a good sign for our youngsters to see how he works."

On the team’s performance so far this season:
 

"Of course, we didn’t expect to be able to start with five wins. Of course, we believed that the way we will compete and play on the field would bring the results. We knew it was going to take time, and more experience. It’s going to take time to get the players familiar with each other. 
 

"After our win in the second game, I think we forgot we were an expansion team. And sometimes we got punished by ourselves. That comes with the games; that comes with the minutes; that comes with the experience. The locker (room) is still positive. These guys want to compete. They showed that in the second half, even against a team that is very good. They still competed; they never slowed down and they scored a goal. It’s a good sign for the future."

On the young players:
 

"We brought a lot of energy today. Jack (McInerney) is pretty young. He just needs minutes. These guys need experience. These guys need the minutes. We are fortunate to give them the minutes, and give them the time and experience to look inside-out for what it’s going to take to compete in this league, and be very good in this league. 
 

"Jack showed us in the preseason that he can score from different positions. He’s very unpredictable as a striker and he has a nose for the goals, and knows how to finish them. It’s going to take time. Him and the other young guys—they are on the right path right now. I’m going to give them the minutes. I’m going to give them the experience, even if we are going to go through (growing) pains. This is the future of our franchise, our club. That’s where we want to be."

Forward Alejandro Moreno

 
On the difference in the second half:
 

“(In the) second-half we worked hard for each other, stayed organized, and got a goal back. We showed some of the things that we can do well. We’d like to play with eleven men on the filed and not give up early goals.”

On the effect of Miglioranzi's red card:
 

“It’s not ideal but we’ve done it before and we seem to pick up the tempo of our game with ten men and seem to work for each other quite well. We’ve done that so far this year, but ideally we’d like to keep eleven men on the field and like I said, not give up early goals because that puts us behind the eight ball and makes it very difficult for us to come back.”

Forward Jack McInerney
 

On first career goal:
 

“I think [Omar] Gonzalez gave the ball away and Fred stole it. We had a two on one and Fred dribbled it past… I don’t know who it was, but he created some space for me and played it through. I had a first touch and slid it past [Donovan] Ricketts.”

Overall thoughts on game:
 
“Of course we have to be disappointed with the result. We were unlucky with the goal in the first minute of the game… it really just shot us down, but we got to keep our heads up and keep playing.”