Nowak: 'It's never easy to look at the standings after the game'

Here's a postgame quote sheet from the Union's 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire, courtesy of the Fire's media relations department.

Peter Nowak

On the team's effort:

It's never easy to be in this situation like we are right now after three games. I think from last week, we played much better. We need to be more opportunistic. It's not very easy for the guys in the locker room but life goes on.

We have to make our best effort to overcome this and we are going to stay positive as a group. We've already been in this situation and I think from the majority of the group they know that if you put a good effort into the field, and you look study the game afterwards, the hard work will pay off sooner or later.

It's never easy to look at the standings after the game, it's not easy for the guys in the locker room, and it's not easy for the guys on the coaching staff. That's our job to give them a little confidence. They are pushing very hard.

I can't say one bad thing about the effort. They did a good job with that, trying from different angles to score the tying goal. What we need to do now is believe it.

We are a very good team, young but very good. We have the quality to win the games. That's my job right now to inject the confidence and the security that they are still a good team.

On the team's progress:

The little change with Sheanon Williams - he always gives us a little stretch and speed on the wing. Maybe we played a little too narrow and shallow today, but like I said, the effort was there. I can't say one bad thing about the team's effort tonight.

Zac MacMath

On Dominic Oduro's goal:

I thought I had a pretty good arm for it, I am pretty disappointed that I didn't get a full hand to it and push it wide.

On his saves:

It was a full 90 that I think I didn't make any big mistakes in like the previous games, so I was happy about that. It's still very disappointing with the result.

On playing a mistake-free game:

It definitely builds my confidence going forward. You want to get stronger and more confident every game. I think this game really helps me do that going into Saturday.

On the team's takeaways from today:

We showed a lot of heart tonight, and we were very unfortunate not to come away with a tie or even a win. But I think everyone in the locker room - we looked at each other and we can fight for each other and we're ready to take that attitude to Vancouver.

Gabriel Farfan

On the result:

It was a tough loss. We couldn't finish our chances. We had a lot of possession. We did well getting forward in the second half I thought, and we had a couple looks. Luck just wasn't on our side today.

On the positives of the game:

It was nice to see the field. Obviously we want to work off of this. We want to do work off every single game we play. We did have a lot of possession, a lot of plays going forward. We need to build on that, we need to work hard during the week and improve next week.

On whether there's pressure to get the first win of the season:

Yes, of course there is always anxiousness. We always want to get three points and right now we need three points more than ever. But right now we don't feel the pressure too much. Obviously there is [pressure], but I think all the guys in the locker room can handle it.