Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Extra Times

Yup, I've gathered all the stray interesting quotes from recent MLSS feature interviews and here we are. Unfortunately, I thought I had a couple sitting on my notepad for the Bibert Kaghado article, cleared my recorder and then came to see I did not actually have any of his extra comments saved. Go read the original anyway, he is another American coaching name to file away.

And now, on to the extra sessions, the corresponding interviews are hot-linked on the player name. Let us begin with new Helsingborg keeper Matt Pyzdrowski...

On what it means to go abroad searching for work as an American netminder:

"People around the world know that America produces great goalkeepers. It was good for me, because maybe if these guys (he had just name-dropped all the EPL star keepers, along with Scandi-pioneers like Adin Brown and Troy Perkins) hadn't been over here before, the club wouldn't have wanted to take a look at me. It definitely helps raise the profile for opportunities."


Next, let's revisit my chat with another guy just reaching the top floor in Europe, Mjøndalen center back Rhett Bernstein.

On how the Norwegian media rates their chances to stay up this season in preseason previews:

"Because of the fact that we beat a fairly big team in Norway (in the promotion playoff), they think we have a good shot at staying up. At the same time, we're a small team, we don't have stars, we don't have huge salaries. What gives us an advantage is we're a hard-working club and we don't have any egos on the team. Everyone is similar in their playing style and it makes us effective against bigger clubs."

On the style of play to expect from the club this season:

"We're typically very organized and effective with our passing. I'm not going to say we play like Barcelona, but we're pretty good at moving the ball around. We're good at high pressure and we're dangerous on set pieces."


Moving along, it's a bit more from highly-rated FC Nürnberg Under-19 boss Pellegrino Matarazzo.

On how to got his playing start in Germany, back in 2001:

"My dream had always been to play in Europe, and that time MLS was very new. A German contact saw me play in some games and asked if I was willing to try out in Germany. They signed me pretty much immediately after I came over."

On the difference between when he was the U-17 manager and his current job:

"I keep the same mentality, but you need to speak to the younger kids differently. The U-19's are on the edge of making it, and you can give them a lot more wisdom and input."


Finally, let's harken back to December, when I spoke with rising DfB youth coach Nate Weiss.

On being a USMNT fan in the German soccer circle:

"When the United States play, I have a tough time. I am a die-hard, I wear my jersey, I sing I believe we can win until the last five seconds."

On how the Germans feel when the USMNT is their next opponent:

"The Germans love the way the United States play, because we have that never-say-die attitude. After the game, (Bastian) Schweinsteiger said he hates to play us because we go after every ball."

On how being a coach is like being a doctor from an educational standpoint:

"You can always learn as a coach, even if you're 60 years old. The game is always changing. Look at Brazil, 10 years ago they were the best in the world and now their getting thrashed [at a World Cup]."

- Greg Seltzer

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