As North County Battalion prepare for their home opener tomorrow against FC Hasental, our very own Nate Abaurrea caught up with Head Coach Ryan Guy to discuss last week’s road win and the upcoming match.
NA: What did it mean to you and the players to see the Battalion supporters up in the stands in San Bernardino, singing, hugging, sending yellow smoke into the air, and cheering you guys on?
RG: There are very few places in the world of soccer where the traveling supporters outnumber the home fans, both in numbers and noise. It was an amazing feeling seeing and hearing them there, especially with the fact that San Bernardino isn’t exactly next door to San Diego. We appreciated their efforts so much. We want a true connection between our players and our fans. The inception of this club was built on that connection. We want to create our own culture, a culture that makes the fans feel like they’re truly a part of the Battalion. We’ve got a long way to go, but we couldn’t ask for a better start to that process.
NA: What are your three keys to success for this big match?
1. Composure at the back, and distribution from our defenders.
2. Our movement off the ball, and the creativity of our runs.
3. Owning the final third, and having that finishing touch when it truly matters.
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