Irwin: I had a pretty good idea of what Saborio was going to do

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin following the team's 1-0 home win over RSL in which he saved an early penalty kick:

On getting the win:
"It’s awesome. We’ve been pushing hard for three points. I think the fans can see that we’re trying hard, we’re really pushing, trying to put something good together. It finally came together tonight. Clean sheet, great goal that we scored, and I think we can build on this and push forward."
On saving Saborio’s penalty:
"Leading up to this week, [goalkeeper coach] Chris Sharpe always gives us the scouting report on the penalty takers, and I had a pretty good idea of what Saborio was going to do and how he takes his penalties. Especially after the foul, you just kind of want to say that the ball never lies."
On the feeling after making the save:
"I was just extremely happy. The past couple games we’ve had two penalties, and I’ve come close to saving them, and honestly I was just sick of having PKs scored on me. We worked on it this week, saving PKs, and it really just comes down to the preparation that the coaches have provided. Give a ton of credit to them for putting me in a good position to make the save."


Saturday, September 16