Donovan said he wasnât so sure if the team had turned the so-called corner, but at least theyâve gotten a glimpse of whatâs around the bend.
âI think to be honest, I think we turned a little bit of a corner the weekend before (in Kansas City),â he said. âWe played a team thatâs now 7-0 and played them at home. We played OK against them and didnât give them too many chances and had a chance to tie it at the end. I think thatâs when we started to feel better.
âLast week was a little better, but weâre still a long way from where we need to be, where we should be. Itâs a good test this weekend.â
Donovan said the early slump â three losses in the first four games â actually could work to their benefit in the long run.
âAll in all, I still think itâs good this wakeup call is coming now,â he said. âWe need to figure it out and quickly. The league this year is a lot tougher than it has ever been, and itâs going to keep getting tougher. More money is available, teams are getting better â¦ we canât just keep sort of hanging around the bottom and say weâll make our push later. Weâve got to do it.
âNext thing you know youâre not in the playoffs, and then thereâs real problems.â