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Head Coach Adrian Heath

On the performance against LAFC…

“Outstanding. Probably the most pleased I’ve been, maybe, since I’ve been here because the timing of the season, to play them, and on the back of midweek games. Everything that was built up with it, I was so pleased with the way we played. The only thing that was the disappointment was the final result. But in terms of the way we went about doing our jobs, the way we moved the ball about, it was terrific. Pleasure to watch actually.”

On the vibe of the group knowing there’s only three games left of the season…

“They’re good. We all know what’s at stake. It’s not going to be easy, it’s never easy in Vancouver. Plastic pitch and the way that it is. I think it’s their first full house or the first time it’ll be open to the public. They’re on a great run. Vanni [Sartini] has done a really great job since taking over. We know it’s tough and it’s a huge game for them as well, where we all are in the standings. As I’ve said over the last few weeks Cal, it seems to me that every game that we play is the old six-pointer. It’s like snakes and ladders. You win, so you go up a couple. You lose and you go down three spots. All to play for.”

On how Vanni Sartini has been able to turn Vancouver around…

“Well they’ve got a little bit of confidence going. They’ve changed the shape of the team. I’m sure that Vanni [Sartini] will tell you when you start to win games, no matter what you do as a coach, players start to believe. They’ve got a lot of belief in the group. Bryan Gauld has come in and gave them a little spark. Brian White has done really well of late. Their two wingers, [Cristian] Dajome and Deiber [Caicedo] there have done really well. They’ve got a lot of threats and we know it’s going to be tough but I think they’ll be smart enough to have watched our game on the weekend and know that we’re going to go there and try to win the game.”

On what defines a good result for Minnesota on Wednesday…

“We need to try and win the game. Of we come about with something, it sets us up nice for two games to go. We’ll be in the top seven, which is what we aimed at at the beginning of the season. Still in our own hands. We’re looking forward to the game.”

Midfielder Emanuel Reynoso

On his thoughts against LAFC…

[SPA]: “Si, si. El resultado no es lo que queríamos. Queríamos ganar. De local, con nuestra gente y también sumar puntos para, si ganamos, nos quedamos cuarto. Entonces era importante ganar. Jugamos contra un gran rival que, que juga muy bien el fútbol, te presiona. Creo que hicimos un buen partido, jugamos muy bien, por ahí no fuimos muy, muy directo a la hora de atacar o de ser preciso en el área. Pero bueno, hicimos un gran juego, pero como te dije recién, no conforme con el resultado. Pero, por un momento jugamos muy buen y rescato eso del equipo.”

[ENG]: "Yes Yes. The result is not what we wanted. We wanted to win, at home, with our people and also gain points so, if we would have won, we’d moved to fourth. So it was important to win. We played against a great rival who, who plays football very well, puts pressure on you. I think we played a good game, we played very well, maybe we weren't very direct when it came to attacking or being precise in the area. But hey, we played a great game, but as I just told you, I am not satisfied with the result. But, for a moment we played very well and we were able to rescue the game as a team.”

On his personal goals for these next three games…

[SPA]: “Y son tres finales, tenemos tres finales donde jugamos la clasificación. Entonces sabemos que va hacer muy difícil, pero creyendo en nosotros sabemos, que tenemos un gran equipo, un gran cuerpo técnico donde confiamos en nuestro equipo. Y vamos a ir para adelante para jugar a Vancouver, una cancha difícil. Pero, vamos a salir a ganar, a buscar los tres puntos, que es lo que necesitamos para clasificar.”

[ENG]: “There are three finals, we have three finals where we play the league table. So, we know that it will be very difficult, but believing in ourselves, that we know that we have a great team, a great coaching staff where we trust our team. And we’re going forward to play in Vancouver, a difficult field. But, we are going to go out and win, to find the three points, which is what we need to qualify."

On his expectations for the Vancouver game…

[SPA]: “No, difícil, difícil. Vimos el último partido, el resultado levanto mucho. Entonces, iba perdiendo 2-0 y un paso para adelante y cambio el partido. Entonces, como te dije recién, va hacer difícil. Nosotros también, tenemos lo nuestro, tenemos un equipo fuerte. Humildemente, tranquilo y pensar en ganar. Así que Dios quiera que sacamos resultados bueno.”

[ENG]: “No, difficult, difficult. We saw their last game, the result raised a lot. They were losing 2-0 and with a step forward, the game changed. As I told you, it will be difficult. But us too, we have our thing, we have a strong team. Humbly, calm and are thinking about winning. So if God allows it, we can get good results.”

On being the third most fouled player in the league and if he’s expecting more of that against Vancouver…

[SPA]: “Mira, la verdad es que si me hacen falta y es bien para el equipo de tratar de hacer gol de pelota parrada es muy bueno. Entonces, sí creo que va hacer difícil en la cancha de ellos, sintético, cancha sintética. Entonces ellos están acostumbrados, van a jugar de local. Difícil y ojalá que hagamos gran partido, como te dije recién, y podemos sumar y pensar en los Playoffs que es el objetivo que queremos ahora y adelante.”

[ENG]: “Look, the truth is that when they foul me and it’s good for the team, we have the chance to try to score a goal on a free kick, it is very good. So yes, I think it's going to be difficult on their field, synthetic, synthetic field. They are used to it, they are going to play at home. Difficult, and hopefully we will have a great game and, as I just told you, we can add points and think about the Playoffs, which is now the objective and onwards. "

On how excited he is to be around for the last four games…

[SPA]: “Como te dije, bueno, hay mucho en la tabla. Tamos todos muy cerca. Como te dije recién, con grandes equipos, estamos ahí en la pelea. Vamos a pelear hasta el final y creo, como te dije recién, va hacer tres finales donde jugamos la clasificación y vamos estar atentos a cada partido. Tenemos un partido de local con nuestra gente, donde tenemos que aprovecharlo contra, como te dije, un gran rival. Pero va hacer durísimo y pero nos tenemos confianza en nuestro equipo. Así que, a salir a ganar los tres partidos y pensar en lo que viene.”

[ENG]: “Like I told you, well, there is a lot on the table. We are all very close. As I just told you, with a great teams, we are there in the fight. We are going to fight until the end and I think, as I just told you, these will be three finals where we play the league table and we will be attentive to each game. We have a home game with our people, where we have to take advantage, like I told you, against a great rival. But it's going to be tough but we have confidence in our team. So, we have to go out to win all three games and think about what comes next.”