Part two of the chat with Schellas. Some good stuff in here...enjoy.
How do you feel like the team chemistry is in terms of those late wins sure are good for lifting up the locker room...
Absolutely, and I've nicknamed the team "Schellas Hyndman and the Heartbreakers" like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, because the last two teams we've played, we broke their hearts because it's come so late and we know because we've been there. You're fighting so hard and oh my god how do we give up that goal? As long as we're on the end of it, we're ok...It's going to happen to all teams, obviously the thing we want is to continue that but we want to be in a position where we're not relying on it.
AJ sat out today, you've got to be worried about playing him on the turf in Vancouver, does that mean Bobby Warshaw is in for Saturday?
Yeah, very much so. I think it's not just that, you look at...our schedule. Four games in two weeks, you've got a whole game traveling to Vancouver, tough opponent and a conference game. Then you've got another home game three days later and then you've got another conference game in LA three days later and some of those teams aren't playing back to back games. We've kind of put a short term goal for ourselves to see how many points we can get in April.
I thought Bobby did a very good job coming in but we talked about the midfield battle and we lost it in the first half. Bobby coming in and Bruno coming in, I think we regained the midfield and I think it led to the goals. As we look at the video and break it down, I think Bobby did a good job defensively and Bobby did a good job when we had the ball. But I also said to him it was good because he kept the play simple. He didn't try to gain a starting position, sometimes you try to overdo it and you end up failing. So I think he did a good job with it.
And talking about Bruno he got his first time on Saturday is he starting to round into form?
Yeah, Bruno is catching our attention and things are going better for him. (What do you want to see from him? Two way midfielder, an attacking mid?) I want to see a little bit more of a player that can make a difference on the field, the position that he plays is not a side to side backpassing position. It's more of a penetrating with the dribble, the shot, the pass, more of a creative type of player and I think he has those capabilities.
What ends up happening is when he comes back too deep, he doesn't have the energy to do the other part. I'd like to see him make better decisions. Play the ball to a guy to his left when he could've played the ball to a guy on the right. That's vision.
Then, I'd like to see him control his emotions better. He gets too worked up over the silliest things and then when he does that, he's not a player for us, he's not coming back and defending, he's antagonizing the opposition, losing his composure and due for a card. This is fourth year in the league, so what are we looking for? A little more maturity.
When do you think Jackson will get here and what do you see as the natural position for him?
I think the bigger picture, is how can you get your best players on the field. That, to me, is the bigger picture. So if there's six midfielders that are part of your best players, to get those best players on the field, maybe you take one of those midfielders and let him play in the defense or maybe you take him and let him play in the offense or whatever.
So that's the bigger picture, how do you get your best players on the field more often. The other part of it is, if there's an injury to one of your eleven, then who on your team is one of those better players that you can put into that position, realizing it may not be their best position, and I think every team needs those versatile players. Jackson is one of those guys, but where I see him is somewhere in the midfield. He could be a right sided midfielder, he could be a central midfielder, he could be the second striker..I think the luxury of having him is it's nice to make that decision.
And you think he'll be back soon?
We were hoping to have him back already, that was the objective. He's got his ITC(International Transfer Certificate), everything's in place, he knows the league, the loan has been called back. What he's waiting for is an embassy appointment to get his visa. Unfortunately, his visa expired four days before we called him back.