Monday, March 23, 2009
Media Conference Call with the Los Angeles Sol
All images courtesy of the Los Angeles Sol and Women's Professional Soccer.
Earlier today, I was invited to listen in on a media conference call from Los Angeles.
Nick Ammazalorso of Leader Enterprises organized an event that featured Head Coach Abner Rogers, along with Marta Vieira da Silva and Brittany Bock.
Here were a few comments:
On not seeing other teams playing yet?
"It will be difficult, but all of us have only had 3 1/2 weeks of practice. It will be the same for all of the teams."
On the type of formation he will use?
"Probably either a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3."
On their style of play?
"Possession-oriented. Defensively, with discipline... Players who want to win."
On why fans should buy tickets?
"We have some of the best players in the world such as Marta. Where else can you spend $10, I know that other seats cost more, but I don't know of many places to go for that amount."
On how he rated the team so far between 1 and 10?
"I would say about 8."
Marta: 3 Time FIFA World Player of the Year
On her fitness levels since she has yet to appear in a pre-season friendly?
Her responses were via an interpreter.
"I will be ready to go on Sunday."
On the differences between Brazilian and other players in WPS?
"We are more technical, but they are more physically prepared here."
On relations with her new teammates?
"All have been very nice to me. There are not many communications issues when we are on the field. We are getting used to each other."
On the appeal of playing here?
"It has the best players, and I didn't want to be cut out of that... I want nothing less than winning championships."
Brittany Bock: 3 College Cup Final Four Appearances
On the differences between college and professional players?
"Here, everyone is very good technically. In college, it was more about physical preparation. Also here, we have players from many different nationalities."
On whether the low salaries would force players to seek outside employment?
"Right now, we are focused on playing and developing interest in the league. There might be some soccer training opportunities later on."
On using Twitter during the Opening Game?
"I really don't know much about Twitter. In college (at Notre Dame) we were not allowed to use Facebook, and I didn't really like MySpace... I think this could be good for the league to reach out to fans... I have been blogging (on the Sol's site), and people have contacted me. At the Sol Fest event, a few recognized me, "Oh, you are I'll B. Bock?' "