QUOTE SHEET | Debut Goals And Wild Draws

Coaches and players gave their thoughts on Week 4 of the Fall Season
NASL Staff (@naslofficial} | Jul 25, 2016

Photo credit: Rob Kinnan/Carolina RailHawks

Several debuts were capped off with goals, including Carolina RailHawks' Mexican star Omar Bravo and Minnesota United youngster Ismaila Jome. Carolina was involved in a thrilling draw with Miami FC, but that game wasn't the only one to go down to the wire. The Tampa Bay Rowdies earned a point against the New York Cosmos with a Joe Cole penalty-kick goal deep into second-half stoppage time.

Here is how coaches and players reacted to Week 4 of the Fall Season: 

Carolina RailHawks coach Colin Clarke on his team's performance in the draw with Miami FC

“I was happy in a lot of ways with the character we showed, from being one-nil down and two-one down and getting back into it and getting ahead. We’ve added a very good piece of the team that’s going to make us successful.  I’m delighted to have Omar [Bravo] here, delighted to have [Matt] Fondy, I’m delighted we have those pieces we needed after the Spring Season to make us better.”

Carolina forward Omar Bravo on his league debut

"I think it was a great effort from the team. It was great to get on the field for the first time. I think that it’s important to get to know your teammates."

FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller on his side’s effort on the road against Indy Eleven

“I think we deserve a great deal of credit. I thought we deserved a lot more in the first half in particular. We passed the ball well and we created good chances. I can’t fault the players for their attitude and the way they played. We will play worse than we did tonight and win games. I am absolutely gutted for the players that we didn’t get at least a point tonight because I believe we deserved that.”

Minnesota United coach Carl Craig on the victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers

"It was a good win against a very good side. I'm over the moon for [Ismaila Jome] to get his home debut in a competitive game and get a goal. They got a man sent off, but we played smart football. The second half started off sluggish and complacent. We've seen that happen before where we get a couple of early goals and then take the foot off, and we can't afford to do that."

Minnesota forward Ismaila Jome on his goal in his debut

"I was thankful the shot didn't hit the post. Danny [Cruz] slid a ball to me and I was trying to keep it on target and it ended up going through the 'keeper's legs. I was like 'Danny! No! No! Pass it!' and then he did, so a big thank you to him for that."

Ottawa Fury FC coach Paul Dalglish on his side's attacking play in the win over Jacksonville Armada FC

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we started to convert our chances and we did it tonight. I’m very pleased with our performance today. We put ourselves in a very good position scoring that first goal before the end of first half and it gave us the confidence we needed going forward.”

Puerto Rico FC forward Héctor Ramos on the club's first win and doing it at home

“It’s something beautiful to win at home and we know the fans wanted to see that. They supported us while we were on the road so we knew we had to get that win here for them.”

Rayo OKC coach Alen Marcina on not putting away chances in the loss to Puerto Rico

"We created two or three big opportunities, and we should've buried at least two of them. With the type of opportunities we created, we have to be more clinical in front of the net. At the same time, defensively, we looked very, very organized, but the opportunities that Puerto Rico had gotten were off our silly individual errors that we've got to clean up."

Tampa Bay Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell on the fans helping the team turnaround a two-goal deficit to draw the New York Cosmos

"The fans kept the players going. They could've easily felt sorry for themselves 2-0 down against a good Cosmos team, but the atmosphere in the stadium tonight was probably the best I've ever known it. The fans were unbelievable. You guys lifted the whole stadium. Everybody's got to take credit for that."

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