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U.S. Open Cup Final Post-Game Quotes

CHICAGO (Friday, October 30, 1998) -


Head Coach Bob Bradley

On Frank Klopas:
"It means so much for Frank to come back and score another big goal for us. He has put so much into this team that it is a fitting reward. ... It's about a good a way that we could figure to end our year.... It's pretty unbelievable."

Midfielder Frank Klopas

On his late game heroics as a 91st minute substitute:
"I've been feeling great all day and I said a prayer to God and my father, who just passed away. We started the season great and ended the season great. Bob's a master at designing the game plan and everyone is competitive on the field. We wanted to win. From the first touch I felt like I was going to score."

Defender C.J. Brown

On shutting down McBride:
"I just played a normal game. The best thing to do is just get a body on him."

On Peter Nowak's move to sweeper to replace the injured Lubos Kubik:
"You have to make sure to help out and win the head balls when Peter is playing in the back."

On the team's playoff run:
"Once we got into the playoffs, we knew we couldn't be beat." (The Fire are 6-0 since the conclusion of the MLS regular season.)

Goalkeeper Zach Thornton

On the match:
"It was a tough game. We knew we had to come out and play hard. It was awesome to come back here after winning a championship and then win another."


Head Coach Tom Fitzgerald

On the match:
"I'm very proud of the effort that our guys gave tonight. I feel bad for the team, because they deserve to win. They left everything they had on the field. I thought it was a very entertaining game tonight for the fans. We had our opportunities to score, but weren't able to capitalize on enough chances. Chicago is a great team and very deserving champions."

Forward Brian McBride

On goalkeeper Zach Thornton:
"He's a very good goalkeeper who makes the big time saves in pressure situations. And that's what he did tonight."