Quik Quotes from Fire HC Paunovic Following the Opener with the Galaxy

By Sean McCaffery, March 4, 2019

They opened the season in the balmy confines of Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson CA, struck first but were bested by the Galaxy 2-1 as Zlatan hit the winner in off a rebound before 25,866 fans.

Coach had this to say of Frankowski: "He was fantastic. I think the same as the whole team until we conceded the first goal. I think the performance of the team, the plan worked perfectly. We controlled the game, created bunch of opportunities, clear opportunities."

Paunovic observed this of those getting their first game in FIre Gear: " I think the newcomers fit in the philosophy, in the spirit that we have and in the way we want to play soccer. I am very happy with our performance. I think they bring solidness, the bring maturity, experience, but also they bring energy and freshness to our team."

Speaking on goal scorer CJ Sapong: "CJ was good. That is how he helped, obviously with a goal. He was hidden in the skin of a sheep, and then when he found the ball there in front, he converted into a lion, which is what he is. I am very happy with his performance."

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