Let’s not beat around the bush here. We did not have the best start to our season. The results speak for themselves and on top of that our performances have not been great, either. I understand that after last season, the bar has been raised and expectations are very high. They should be high and we want to live up to those expectations. In no way do I want all of you to think that we would ever be content with our recent results and performances.
On the other side, there have been a lot of changes to our team and they have affected us more than we thought they would. If you look at the best teams around the world, Real Madrid or even Bayern Munich, for example, they also have difficulties when they get a new coach or a key player leaves the club. Madrid has been struggling all season after Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo left the club. Bayern had a difficult start to the season with a new coaching staff, but are now back on top of the Bundesliga standings. These types of things are very common throughout the soccer world and that is what makes me feel positive for the future and the rest of the season. I felt like we improved in every game and that is the important part. Taking steps in the right direction, making progress and learning from past games.
It is important that we keep a positive mind, that we keep working hard, and that we stick together. If we start questioning things and don’t all pull in the same direction, we might not get out of this tough spot for a while. We have enough quality to be one of the best teams in MLS again and to repeat as champions. It is still very early in the season and a positive mind and positive attitude paired with hard work will get us back to having better results and better performances. I can promise you that everybody in the locker room will do everything in their power to turn this around and keep making steps in the right direction.