On Sunday's match (first leg at Houston)
"Most of that game was played over 40 years in the midfield (due to field conditions and both teams playing a high line defensively) and there's not going to be a lot of pretty soccer. Kansas City's a physical team but Houston is too. You get a game of 50-50 balls and second balls. That kind of game on that day Houston was just better at it."
On Sporting KC's injuries (Nagamura, Cesar)
"You do have a guy who you can plug in (in a defensive/holding midfielder spot) Roger Espinoza. For everything that everyone has said about Graham Zusi, and by the way I agree he's had a fantastic year, I have said all along that I think the key to Sporting Kansas City's midfield is Roger Espinoza. His energy and workrate sets the pace for that high pressure. I think he's been so important this year so I suspect that he just moves back and sits in that spot a little bit."
"If Nagamura were ok, it wouldn't be such a big blow (injury to Cesar) because he can play that role very well (defensive/holding midfielder). That is a hole and when you start talking about taking very good players off the field. It's a little difference and just a little difference in a tight match could be the difference."
On Wednesday's match
"I think it's all about the first goal. I think if Houston gets that first goal, Kansas City are looking at trying to get three goals just to tie and four goals to win it outright against a very good defense. If Houston gets that first goal tonight, makes it a three goal lead in the series, I think it's kind of over. On the other hand, if KC gets the first goal, that stadium's going to come apart. I think if they get the first goal, they'll probably get the second goal too."