'I Don't Change My Approach To The Next Games': Chicago Fire's David Ousted Reflects On His Error And Moving On From It

After Vancouver Whitecaps winger Yordy Reyna’s shot crossed the goal line during the match against the Chicago Fire on Friday, April 12, Fire goalkeeper David Ousted fell to his knees and pounded the SeatGeek Stadium pitch in evident frustration.

Ousted’s costly miscalculation in the 53rd minute of the match allowed the then-winless Whitecaps to score and, ultimately, prevent the Fire from earning their second victory of the 2019 MLS campaign.

After a public admission of guilt and an apology to his teammates, the veteran goalkeeper is looking to leave that frustration behind and encounter the Fire’s upcoming fixtures still as the trusted man in goal.

Hours before the Fire host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, April 20 at SeatGeek Stadium, Ousted spoke with 90 Minutes about his error, moving on from it, head coach Veljko Paunovic’s comments afterward, his apology to the team and much more.

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After Friday’s game, Paunovic publicly deemed it “unnecessary” to start a goalkeeper controversy. What have the conversations been like with him since then?

“He's been very supportive. He's asked me to continue what I've been doing in the beginning here. Obviously, Friday, it was a mistake on my part that that costs us a point. But listen, that's part of the game, that’s part of the position and I don't change my approach to the next games. I'm going to go do what I need to do here, which is just be a leader and go forward and take control out there. Nothing's really changed for me. I felt bad for the guys who put it in a lot of work Friday more than I felt bad for myself because I know it's, like I said, it's part of the job description.”

You also revealed after the game that you apologized to your teammates in the locker room. How was the apology received?

“It's been good. Everybody in there knows that we don't make mistakes on purpose. We're a tight-knit group in there and there's been nothing but support. We all know that if someone makes a mistake in this group, there'll be guys to hopefully correct that. We got a point out of Friday because we have a strong group that continued to work and got the reward in the end. We would have liked three points but that's what it’s going to be about this coming Saturday, is going out as a group and getting three points.”

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How do you asses the Fire’s start to the season after earning six points in six games?

“I think we're at a good spot where we are. I think we're playing good soccer, we're creating chances and I think it's a question of time before we start seeing more results and more goals. It's not panicking. Every team in this league will go through periods in a season that's going to be up and down. Right now, we have a situation where we feel the play’s there but we're not getting as many points as we want, so it's about patience and it's about trusting our process and trusting each other in there.”

You had mentioned the need to improve your communication with the defense

after the Orlando City match

. How is that process coming along?

“I think we're coming together. It's still a progress. We still only have six games together and then we've changed in the back line with the injuries that we had. ‘Basti’ (Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger) is back there now and is doing well, and Marcelo is doing well, Johan (Kappelhof, Fire defender) is at right back. We still have a process is going on. We still need to be kind of cohesive as a defensive unit but that's our entire team. We defend from the front and attack from the back, so it's everybody. But it's a progress and I think it's coming along.”

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As a goalkeeper, what is your thought process during back-and-forth games like Wednesday’s Manchester City-Tottenham or the Fire’s loss to Seattle Sounders?

“I think a lot of, especially for me and again, in a game like that as a veteran player, it's about knowing when to take kind of the tempo out of the game. Like you say, if you're in a point where -it happened in Toronto as well- they were coming and coming and coming and trying, it's about sometimes killing the game, sometimes speeding up depending on what kind of game you're in. And I think that's a big part of the goalkeeper’s job, to know when to slow games down and know when to speed it up.”

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