MLS: How new head coaches reacted after openers

Wilfried Nancy (CF Montreal), Greg Vanney (LA Galaxy) and Hernan Losada (photo with D.C. United goalscorer Brendan Hines-Ike) all got wins in Week 1.

1. Wilfried Nancy, CF Montreal (4-2 vs. Toronto FC). Eight different players scored or assisted in Montreal's win over its archrival.

"I’m happy with the score because it’s Toronto, but also because of the way we played. I’m not surprised by what we did today."

2. Greg Vanney, LA Galaxy (3-2 at Inter Miami). Second-half moves paid off with three goals, two by star Javier Hernandez.

"We're trying to do the right things as we play and read the game and make good decisions and prepare these guys. And if we do things the right way and we don't cut any corners and the players show up and I do my job and everybody does their job, then the success and all that kind of takes care of itself."



3. Hernan Losada, D.C. United (2-1 vs. NYCFC). The Argentine, who has preached an up-tempo game, had bemoaned his players' lack of fitness, but he was impressed with their effort.

"I still believe we can be a lot better than what we are tonight. And that’s why I’m so happy with the points against a very good opponent.”

4. Gabriel Heinze, Atlanta United (0-0 at Orlando City). The Five Stripes have played three games -- two in the CCL and one in MLS -- and they have scored two goals and yet to allow a goal.

“Creativity is infinite. What we have to do is keep working to create more chances and to score. If you have more chances, you have more chances to score.”

5. Phil Neville, Inter Miami (2-3 vs. LA Galaxy). Inter Miami led 1-0 and 2-1 but could not hold the lead in its first game with fans at DRV PNK Stadium.

“If you take the result aside, the occasion was everything and probably more. You get these occasions in your career, and I’ve had plenty of them, but our supporters were amazing. When we’ve been without supporters for so long you forget how important these people are, not just to us, but to the whole of football.”



6. Chris Armas Toronto FC (2-4 at Montreal). With Alejandro Pozuelo, Chris Mavinga and Jozy Altidore sidelined, the Reds played Canadians ages 16, 18, 20, 20, 20 and 21.

"It looks like we'll have a few of our reinforcements, if you will, back for the next game. And that will be good for those players, good for our team, and each day, it seems like every few days we are getting healthier, we're getting stronger, yeah. We'll get back to full strength real soon.'

Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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