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Midweek Quotes and Coaching Report

May 25, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

Below is the midweek coaching report provided by Atlanta Beat head coach James Galanis.

It was a tough weekend for the team. What are your thoughts now that you have had a chance to reflect for a couple of days'

The last few days have definitely been reflecting days. I have had the chance to think things through, and I can share that I am very disappointed in the results we are producing right now. However, I am also trying to filter our results through the reality of the situation.. The facts are that we are young and that we all, including myself, need to be patient with the team. Every week we are putting out a team that is loaded with rookies who are still adapting to the speed of play and the demand of WPS. To expect these players to peak and play flawlessly within six to seven games is unrealistic. We are also still experimenting with the lineup and trying to find the right combination of players. It's going to take time. Do we have the potential' Yes we do.

How are players stepping up this week' Who is leading from within right now'

I think the players are stepping up on a personal level. They all know that I need a little more out of all of them as individuals. No one is leading from within. They know that I expect them all to be leaders in their own way. A leader makes people around her better. Collectively they are pushing themselves.

Going forward, how do you inspire the ladies' What do you think they need to get back to playing well again'

I think the team should be inspired on its own due to our recent performances. I always inspire the team and will continue to inspire the the team. We need to go back to the basics and do what we did in preseason and in the first three games of the WPS season: outwork our opponent, fight for every ball, and play simple soccer when we have possession.

What makes you proud of these ladies' Why'

At this moment I am sure the players are thinking that I am not proud of them. However, I am very proud of them. What makes me proud is the fact that everyone of them has come back to training and worked harder than they did the day before. They continue to fight and continue to learn.

Additional Comments:

We knew that coming into the season we would have a young team with a vision to build an exciting team of the future. Although the recent results have not been great, we are investing in the future by learning valuable lessons that will make us better long term. It's going to take time before all these young players are able to give peak performances on a week in and week out basis. Our opponents' squads are 80 percent veterans and 20 percent inexperienced players, but we are the exact opposite. Proud of my team, and we will keep fighting.

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