|Brendan Burke - Head Coach
Overall thoughts on the game:
" I'm happy again. I mean we're really starting to turn the screws at home and perform when it matters. We're in the home stretch of the season and we know we only have three games left at home, unless we can scare up that home playoff game, which I mean, that would just be unbelievable based on when we came in February and where the mentality of the club was. And you know our front office and our ownership deserve so much credit for putting us in a position with this stadium and this environment because it gives us a ton of energy to push through moments when maybe we're not playing our best soccer, but we fight through those moments now and I wouldn’t have said that early in the season."
On the difference in mentality in the Switchbacks from two years ago to now:
"Talent and mentality. If you have those two things you can beat any one at any level. Talent and mentality, it's all about the players, we give them a few ideas throughout the week but, Hadji [Barry] scored 24 goals now, is that right? There's not much you can say about that. That’s back to Cameron Lancaster and Lousiville back when they were absolutely dominant, so to have a guy like that in that kind of form and also that humble and unselfish, his teammates have be really happy to be around a guy like that. But on the flip side they’ve also supported his run to this number, and our style of play is hard, it involves a ton of running on both sides of the ball, and you watch a guy like [Zach] Zandi come in tonight - no one will talk about him after this game and no one will give him team of the week, but he's a guy I trust implicitly and we put him in and he did so much dirty running and scrapping and just putting his body in places that made it difficult for them to find a flow. That is just as important as those twenty-four goals. There's a lot of guys doing work like that."
On keeping up the team's mentality during a chippy game:
" I mean you go back to New Mexico in New Mexico when we lost three to one down there the first time, and Seb [Sebastian Anderson] kind of fish hooked a guy and got tossed. We were killing them in that game, but we got a rush of blood to the head, but we're maturing now, and all I said at half time, honestly I must have said discipline thirteen times, and the guys showed it in spades - they moved their feet, and they still competed hard in those 50-50 moments, so I walk away really happy with the way the group is maturing not just playing."
On being consistent in getting assists during games:
"All kudos to the runners in the box. They're the ones that put it away, but when I get the ball early I pick my head up, and everyone knows I can whip a ball in, so the runs come and when there's a quality run I can pick them out, and that’s what happened twice tonight."
On the team participation of the first goal:
On the importance of three points tonight:
"I mean it started initially with Becky [Deshane Beckford] and Hadji [Barry] on the left side, they swung around and opened up and got it and then Becky made a darting run in behind and I just whipped it right on his head and put it away."
"As coach would say, win the series. So it's huge. We will win the series and we will take it and move on. We have a huge game coming up and it [the result] can take us ahead in the series and we are home. So as a coach would say, finish the series, and that’s something we did as a team tonight and we get the result."
On his thoughts during his goal this evening against Austin:
"I mean I was working and I saw the chance coming, there was one chance earlier, but last second I heard Hadji [Barry] and I switched my mind off to pass it, but that one [the goal] came and I mean I saw the ball and I was telling myself I have to get there, I need to get there, so I got there and I scored and I'm happy."