Men's Soccer College Cup Pre-Game Press Conference Quotes

Nov. 30, 2006

St. Louis, Mo. - The UCLA men's soccer team met with the media on Thursday in St. Louis on the eve of the NCAA semifinals. The Bruins will face Virginia on Friday, Dec. 1 at 5 pm CT in a game televised live on ESPN2.

Pre-Game Press Conference Quotes

UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo
Opening Statement
'We are very happy to be here. It is always a great spot to be in, ending your season at the College Cup. It's every team's goal at the beginning of the year to get to the College Cup. We are happy to be here in St. Louis.'

On playing Virginia
'We are really looking forward to it. We played them our third game of the year. We played them at Virginia early in September. They are a very similar team to what we saw in September and we are looking forward to facing them tomorrow night.'

On expectations at UCLA
'It is a given at UCLA that we need to win at all of our sports from basketball to football to Olympic sports. It's something that comes with the territory. If you afraid of that pressure or unwilling to put yourself forward and know that you have to win then you are at the wrong place.'

Junior defender Mike Zaher
On how the weather may affect play
'We have had a lot of adversity thrown at us and we have overcome it and I think weather is one of the last things that we should be thinking about right now. It's going to be cold out there, but whether you're Wake [Forest], Virginia or Santa Barbara, everybody is going to deal with it.'

On playing Virginia earlier this year
'I think at this point in the season we are both completely different teams. I know that we are certainly a different team then the first time we played them. I think it is going to be a completely different game and hopefully a different outcome in our favor.'

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