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Union-Whitecaps postgame quotes and video highlights

Read quotes from Union manager Peter Nowak, new forward Veljko Paunović, midfielder Justin Mapp and defenders Jordan Harvey and Danny Califf, as well as Whitecaps manager Tom Soehn.

We tried to manage that, and have tried to figure out where he's going to fit the best - is it behind the striker, is it as a third striker, or just as a pure striker? We've got to figure this out, and we've got the time right now. The games are coming fast, but during the week you always have some time to figure out the best combinations.

Either it's going to be him with Carlos, maybe Carlos and Danny Mwanga or Carlos with Sebastien Le Toux. There are a lot of options, and it's good to have those options.

On Carlos Ruiz's absence

We know that Carlos is important for us, and he doesn't need too many chances. He's always in the right spots. We hope to see him tomorrow, and we're going to get back and get ready for Kansas City on Wednesday. He's an important piece for us, and we all know that. Carlos could be invisible, but when the time is right, he's going to be there.

So I think it's a good combination. We have a lot of choices right now, with Paunović and also with Carlos, to figure out what we're going to do up front.

On whether the artificial turf at Empire Field makes a difference

Absolutely. You can see it's quite different to play on. There's a lot of rubber and the ball bounces differently. We tried to train this morning to see and adjust to it, but if you don't see it and train on it every day, it can be difficult - especially with chances going forward.

And it's tight space, so it's difficult to adjust to that. But the surface is there for both teams, and the disadvantage is that we don't train every day on it.

On preparations for Wednesday's game against Sporting Kansas City

Opening remarks

First, I'd like to bring up that it's been a tough week in the city of Vancouver. With the Canucks having such a great year, and what happened thereafter, it's something that I feel like the city needed.

Overall, Philly's a tough team to play. I've worked a long time with Peter. You know they're going to be organized and compact and hard to break down, and they're going to limit your chances. That first goal, we talked about limiting their chances, and about forcing them to come out a little bit.

On planning for Veljko Paunović

I just know Peter. He's going to always be compact and organized, and everybody's just a piece within the system. Whoever it is, the system isn't going to change. Peter's got the team in good form, they're doing well.