Though his team hasn’t played since Aug. 6, Atlanta United’s Yamil Asad remains fourth in MLS in assists (10) this season.
The Argentinian midfielder spent a few minutes after Monday’s training session to answer a few questions ahead of Wednesday’s games at D.C. United and at Philadelphia.
What is it going to take for yall to defeat D.C. United for the first time in three games?
A: First of all, hopefully we will have a good game ourselves because we’ve been working on that, just preparing to play against D.C., especially knowing they are a team that has beat us twice now. But, like I said, we just need to focus on ourselves.
Q: How ready are you to play? You haven’t played in two weeks, have two games, and then have another 10 days off?
A: We miss playing. We miss the game days. Hopefully we will be able to first focus on D.C. and then look ahead to Philadelphia. We are looking forward to getting back on the field.
Q: What’s the toughest part of getting engaged in a game again when you’ve been off for two weeks?
A: Maybe the physical part, but also a little bit mentally, just getting back into gamedays. We’ve been working the past couple of weeks getting ready for D.C., and hoping to get three points.
Q: What was your favorite part of seeing Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday for the first time?
A: I liked everything. It’s a world-class stadium. It’s an excellent stadium. Hopefully, we will be able to enjoy every part of it.
Q: How was the turf?
A: It’s different than Bobby Dodd. It’s something we will have to get used to. It’s a real good field. It’s different because it’s artificial, but it’s a good field.
Q: How does it compare to other stadiums that you’ve been in?
A: It’s hard to compare it to the other stadiums because there are few in the world like that. Hopefully, over time, it’ll gain its own story, its own history, for our team and our fans.
Q: There are a few Argentinians, (Diego) Valeri, (Ignaccio) Piatti, who are scoring a lot of goals and gaining consideration as MVP candidates. Is that a point of pride for other Argentinians in the league?
A: Yes. Piatti and Valeri are two great players and going through great moments right now. We have really good players on our team too, and a really good coaching staff. Hopefully we can keep focusing on our idea, gaining more confidence on what we are trying to do.
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