Quick Hits from Jim Curtin's Press Conference - 8/9

Well wishes for Kenny Hanson

Head Coach Jim Curtin opened his press conference to extend thoughts and prayers to Kenny Hanson, former Sons of Ben president. Hanson was in a car accident earlier this week and has been in the hospital. Curtin wanted to open his press conference, passing along thoughts and prayers from the entire organization to him and his family. 

"I just wanted to send well wishes to Kenny Hanson, former Sons of Ben president," Curtin said. "I want him to know the whole Union family are thinking of him and wishing him a speedy recovery. There are things bigger than soccer, and I want to wish him a speedy recovery."

Blake unlikely for Montreal

Curtin said in his press conference that it appeared Blake would not be ready to suit up against Montreal Impact. The goalkeeper is advancing in recovering from having stitches in his hand, but he still is training off to the side. As such, John McCarthy should earn his seventh consecutive start, and Curtin is confident his play will continue to be impressive. 

"Blake, the finger is still taped up, so it's not looking likely for Montreal," Curtin said. "Johnny has done a great job in place of Andre. Two great goalkeepers. Hopefully Andre can get back quickly, but we have to be smart with him."

Confidence in the team

The Union's match against Montreal looms large in terms of playoff position, as the teams are eighth and ninth in the Eastern Conference, respectively. The Union, with a game in hand, sit just three points out of a playoff spot, and a win would be a big step forward in that direction. Curtin was asked about the possibility of adding a player in the transfer window, and he said if the right opportunity presents itself then the Union may add a player, but he's confident in the team he has now. 

"There hasn't been the right fit, and we don't want to make a mistake," Curtin said. "We've been smart, and sometimes the best move is to not make a move. Something could still happen from now until the deadline, but we still believe in the group we have. We're playing pretty good soccer. It's a league where if we can get a couple wins on the road and continue our road form, we can get into the playoffs."

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