Coach's Corner, with Storm head coach Steve Morris
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Storm head coach Steve Morris chats before the team's trip to Monterrey, Mexico.
- Question: Despite Saturday's loss to Baltimore, one consolation was the scoring opportunities generated from the back from Fabinho, some strong shots from Gabriel Cigliano that just didn't find the back of the net. What was your impression of them stepping up offensively?
- Coach Morris: That's what we'd like to see every game. The contribution from our defenders, as far as our attack goes, is part of the system. We just didn't get the breaks against Baltimore. It's as simple as that. There's not much to really elaborate on. We didn't get the breaks.
- Question: You used an assortment of sixth attackers in that match. How do you determine who you place in that role?
- Coach Morris: We're simply trying to put our best attackers out there, but we've had to use different guys for an extended period of time on it. We generally use the same guys, but the sixth attacker is something you'd want to use in the last 2 minutes. But if you're getting beat pretty handily, sometimes you've got to go with them earlier.
- Question: With all the different lineups throughout this season, is there a particular method to jostling specific combinations?
- Coach Morris: We don't really do that. We're putting the best 16 available players on the field. It's not about combinations and not about who's playing with who. We have our system in place and we try to filter players in based on how they're playing.
- Question: Earlier in the season you addressed the team's physical endurance. Under the circumstances of falling behind Saturday, needing to battle back, are you satisfied from a stamina standpoint with their efforts toward the end?
- Coach Morris: I would hope we're fitter at this time of the year. If we're not, then it's a bit late. So, it's part of the game, to be fit, be strong and have some endurance, and I think we're ready through this last stretch.
- Question: You've split your two games against Monterrey this season. What is your assessment of that squad between the first time you faced them - which was their season debut - to the last game when they came from behind and notched a late goal for a victory?
- Coach Morris: We knew they were going to be stronger down the line with the more games they had to jell. They're an expansion team, and they've definitely moved forward. They have some talented players who can score a lot.
- Interview conducted by public and media relations director Charlie Corr.
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