Fire manager Frank Klopas discusses his squad's upcoming match with Manchester United - 7/21
Thu, 21 Jul 2011|
How excited are you look over the other side there's Alex sir Alex Ferguson and it just to be on that stage. No I mean look at says sometimes it's it's a great opportunity and sometimes once in A lifetime opportunity for a lot of the players. I know that everyone's excited. And the players are looking forward to it because -- -- in -- playing one of the best things in the world. And what better place -- doing a great city of Chicago with some great fans are going to be -- -- -- we're going on for bringing him to the match on center wrong Miguel. I'm curious if you dignity to the starting lineup and answer Manchester United. No not really I mean they'd listen if you vasser Alex -- -- I tell you we got to understand that they're still in pre season so there. You know their squad is so deep within a lot of games at the plan I'm sure they didn't do you know there. Changing lineups all the time but all the top players are here. Because it's it's opportunity for them for all the players sued to to do get fit do you try to simulate someone like Wayne Rooney hermitage in practice. You know we know what to expect but it's. More than anything. It's hard to do try to get someone to to be like those guys. How do you balance -- mean there are casual soccer fans in Manchester United is. So your guys are keenly aware of of this team legacy they have. How do you get your guys both simultaneously excited but maybe not start overwhelmed star struck even -- they're playing guys like -- you guys that are just international superstar. Yeah you know what some of the young players are going to be like that you know for sure but I think we do have some veterans whether they haven't maybe played. For a high level if you like -- guy like Corey gives its been in the World Cup and played in Europe just a nickel -- so we do have experienced guys that have played. In Europe I'm pretty high levels but some of the younger guys no matter what I mean there's you know. Teams have players that they follow since they would have young kids and for sure they're gonna be excitement but the most important thing -- more than anything is. When you put that five Jersey on you have a responsibility you enjoy the game but also for us. Now it's up on the field and they would discipline it's another opportunity to grow and get better as a team are you enjoying being. That's just technical director the head coach of putting your mark on the stretch that. Listen I like I said before I'm really enjoy this part of it because you they don't feel that in the past. You know I do have an impact to the players you bring in and now. Doing that but also having an impact on the field than men work and I'm not the part where. You're helping them improve his players and and and trying to get the team Bettis doesn't really enjoy it big measuring stick for MLS the play a team like to see how you do. Well look I mean we still have ways to go because if you look. What we're going to be competitive you know if you look at the matches the most teams have played the most competitive for the first 4560 minutes but I think the -- -- Once you start making subs and now. You talk about that I mean I -- We can't compared to two menu and a lot has to do with the salaries that our salary cap is. Two point six million for putting players in their salary cap is navy at the 89 diligent and it you know that's the difference you have blocked look at. -- -- -- -- -- player do you see the fire getting someone like that carry on read on the podium I am running game I don't know how many years has left him. But if -- to prior getting a great European player to finish his career in Chicago. Look we're always look and I think the most important thing for us is that we have an -- that's very supportive I had to Hoffman is. There's a guy that's look at his commitment to being a team like Manuel -- everybody similar so there's a player out there that makes sense that can make our team better. He's all for knowing knowing menus strengths and what they bring what you think. They can tell you about your team depending what you see Saturday. Well I mean look I'm in there they're a team that's not only very experienced a very good with the ball but the when they get opportunities. You know in the final third that only ten chances if you give them two chances one is going to be able. So I think I'm info for our players because we're a young team that just made a lot of opportunities for some a forced to see. You know just how they focus and gave -- you know the things that they do them -- the ball but you can always learn from.