FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam said the club isn’t dwelling on the past after the frustrating result this past Saturday night.
After enduring four months between games, FCC only have four full days to prepare for Thursday morning’s clash with Atlanta United FC, and Stam said that’s where the focus rests.
“We need to keep on going,” he said following training Monday morning. “That’s the simple thing … It takes time to get everything right.”
Thursday’s match marks one month since Stam arrived at Mercy Health Training Center for his first training session leading the Orange and Blue. He said progress will continue, but change can’t happen overnight.
“We want to do things every quick, very fast, but that’s not going to happen most of the time,” he said. “We need to get more out of (the performances). Instead of playing well for 20 minutes, we want to go 45, 50, 60 and, if possible, 95 minutes.”
FCC players have the same mentality as well.
Captain Kendall Waston said the team has worked hard since their new coach arrived, and players want to earn results for their efforts.
“It doesn’t matter if we’re up or down, it’s to keep in the same mindset of the work and battling and just putting the hard work into the entire game,” Waston said. “We cannot make excuses.
“We cannot put our head down when we have bad moments. Sometimes they’re going to happen, but we have to keep going and just never give up. We just want to keep battling and do everything possible to show we are proud in this club.”