Paulo Nagamura vs. OKC Energy FC - Sept. 4, 2021

Sporting Kansas City II head coach Paulo Nagamura

Thoughts on the match…
Very pleased with the performance of the team. Defensively, offensively, I think for the most part of the game we controlled the game, we created chances, we were good defensively. So very pleased with the energy that they put in. This is the third game that we've played in a week, in seven days, so very, very pleased with the way they came out and the way they managed the game and the way the entire 90-minute performance were played by our guys.

On Ozzie Cisneros playing as a false 9...
We tried something because we scouted Oklahoma City and in a few of their games there's a lot of spaces in between the two central midfielders so we tried to play him as a false 9 out there. I think it worked, he scored a great goal and I think it was positive. I think normally you don't have him in that position but for this game and the way that they approach it and the way that we felt that we needed to build our play, it was very, very good from him. I'm very happy for him for scoring the goal also.

On the substitutes making an instant impact...
It's huge, right? That's what we normally want from our subs, is when they come into the game to have an impact in the game and I think Rojay (Smith) and Ropapa (Mensah) did that right away. In the first play I think Rojay scored. Again, I was pleased with the performance, we've got to just build from this. It's been a difficult year for us in terms of getting results but I think for the most part we're always competitive and we're just trying to bring that competitiveness to any result and today was one of those days.

Sporting Kansas City II forward Ozzie Cisneros

Thoughts on the match…
Really happy with how we performed, it was a great team effort. We all gave 100 percent and it led to three points.

On playing as the false 9...
At first when I saw that I was playing the 9 I was kind of shook - I haven't played in that position in such a long time! It was fun, it was different but I like playing it, it was fun to get out there and score also.

On his goal...
I just saw Isaiah (LeFlore) driving to the endline and I saw Jamil, he was right in front of me and I don't know if he tried to hit the ball or he missed it, but I just saw it right in front of me and I just hit it on target and it went in.

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