MLS Regular Season
After the 0-0 draw at Philadelphia Union on Saturday, Axel Sjoberg talked to ColoradoRapids.com about his MLS debut, nerves, Sweden and the prospect of facing David Villa
What are your thoughts on your MLS debut?
It was terrific to play and even though it wasn’t at home, it was still a great experience. I was very happy to be out there.
Did you expect to start this early in the season? You’ve come out straight from the MLS SuperDraft into the first team.
Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni on the 0-0 tie with Philadelphia on Saturday.
ON THE PERFORMANCE …
I could not be more pleased. In the first half we got into some dangerous areas but we did not pull the trigger. The moment that turned the game on its head was the red card. It’s a moment that could define the group. You can either die like dogs or fight like warriors. The guys were organized and fought hard. They threw in their bodies to save balls. Everyone was a warrior.
ON THE ATTITUDE OF HIS SIDE
Gutsy Colorado Rapids ground out a valuable point in their MLS opener at Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Pablo Mastroeni’s side were up against it for much of the game, especially in the final 20 minutes after Bobby Burling was dismissed, but they rolled up their sleeves and clung on to a tie.
The acquisition of James Riley on the eve of the 2015 MLS campaign brought a neat and tidy closure to preseason for Colorado Rapids.
The experienced right-back became the 11th signing of the winter by Pablo Mastroeni and, when organized in formation, they would constitute a very respectable team in the Western Conference.
Rookie striker Dominique Badji may make his MLS debut at Philadelphia Union this Saturday (kickoff 2 p.m. MT). Speaking exclusively to Rapids Media, the 2015 SuperDraft pick tells Richard Clarke about preseason, stepping up in standard and why you’ll have to watch carefully when he first hits the net…
How do you feel about the prospect of making your MLS debut?
A home opener with the expansion New York F.C. and Spanish star David Villa, a Fourth of July date with Vancouver and two of the three legs of the Rocky Mountain Cup are part of the Colorado Rapids’ home schedule for 2015.