Donovan said he wasnâ€™t so sure if the team had turned the so-called corner, but at least theyâ€™ve gotten a glimpse of whatâ€™s around the bend.
â€śI think to be honest, I think we turned a little bit of a corner the weekend before (in Kansas City),â€ť he said. â€śWe played a team thatâ€™s now 7-0 and played them at home. We played OK against them and didnâ€™t give them too many chances and had a chance to tie it at the end. I think thatâ€™s when we started to feel better.
â€śLast week was a little better, but weâ€™re still a long way from where we need to be, where we should be. Itâ€™s a good test this weekend.â€ť
Donovan said the early slump â€“ three losses in the first four games â€“ actually could work to their benefit in the long run.
â€śAll in all, I still think itâ€™s good this wakeup call is coming now,â€ť he said. â€śWe need to figure it out and quickly. The league this year is a lot tougher than it has ever been, and itâ€™s going to keep getting tougher. More money is available, teams are getting better â€¦ we canâ€™t just keep sort of hanging around the bottom and say weâ€™ll make our push later. Weâ€™ve got to do it.
â€śNext thing you know youâ€™re not in the playoffs, and then thereâ€™s real problems.â€ť