What TheyÆre Saying: MLS quarterfinals (Sept. 29)

MIAMI 2 KANSAS CITY 1 (Miami wins series) Miami coach Ray Hudson: "Tremendous locker room. Spectacular. Mayhem. It's like the last days of Pompeii. They earned every moment. I'm so pleased for those lads in there. I'm so very delighted for the unit. This was a great win. This [Kansas City] was a very, very proud champion who did not want to let go their crown and they fought and scratched and battle for everything." Kansas City coach Bob Gansler: "On behalf of the Wizards, I would like to congratulate Miami for a great season. As far as our season is concerned, they beat us three out of five." On former WizardsÆ Chris Henderson's goal: "I think it was a fantastic strike by Henderson, and obviously you've seen him do it before and I've seen him do it before. You could have that same bounce 99 times after this one and he'll miss each one, but he hit it just right and it was an acrobatic and spectacular goal that ended, I think, a tremendous game for the fans." LOS ANGELES 3 METROSTARS 2 (1-0 mini-game, Los Angeles wins series) Los Angeles coach Sigi Schmid: "We've still have got more things to accomplish, but that team over there and those individuals deserve an awful, awful lot of credit and I don't think they get their due. It is time for us not only to sing the praises of Mauricio Cienfuegos and Cobi Jones, but to sing the praises of Sasha Victorine, Peter Vagenas, Simon Elliott and all of the other guys who come to work and punch the time clock everyday." MetroStars coach Octavio Zambrano: "I thought we had our chances today, and certainly a chance to move on, but I guess it was not meant to be. We were underdogs coming in, we were not supposed to be in this series, but we had our opportunities. The Galaxy just did everything they had to do today." CHICAGO 2 DALLAS 0 (Chicago wins series) Chicago coach Bob Bradley. "I thought we came out with a great mentality tonight We were very determined that we were going to play the game on our terms, which meant that we were going to play very quick with the ball and going to be very active in terms of closing down players on Dallas and not giving them a chance to play." "It starts with Peter [Nowak]. He's an unbelievable competitor. Day in and day out in training he wants to win and challenges his teammates and that's just what makes him so special. On a week when the biggest sports story is Michael Jordan coming back, I think the bottom line is that he is coming back because he [Jordan] misses the competition. There's never been any better competitor in any sport than Michael Jordan and anyone that has played with him or seen the inside of the teams he is on, he sets the tone for everyone everyday. I think that Peter has done that for us.
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