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Khano Smith remaining calm as he searches for first Rhode Island win

Situation under control: Khano Smith (Photograph supplied)

Khano Smith is not sounding alarm bells about Rhode Island FC’s position in the United Soccer League Championship.

Smith’s side, who are new to the division, are second from bottom after four matches in and have collected three points, all from draws.

“It’s very early in the season and nobody is panicking out here,’’ Smith told The Royal Gazette.

“We obviously haven't won yet, but besides one bad half of football, we've actually done pretty good.

“We’ve only lost one half of football, and that’s the second half of the game against Tampa, while we've played some really good teams.”

Rhode Island face Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in their next league encounter on Saturday before coming up against Charlotte Independence in the third round of the US Open Cup three days later.

Smith, a former Bermuda captain, had central midfielder Conor McGlynn sent off in their 0-0 draw with table-topping Charleston Battery in their last league encounter, but is satisfied with the progress made by his team.

“We have an important game this weekend and that’s what we’re focusing on,’’ Smith said.

“I’m not really focusing on the table. I'm focusing on the team getting better and improving the performances.

“We've had some really good performances. We can’t control what other teams are doing or where we stand in the table, we can only focus on ourselves.

“We wanted to get better defensively in our last match and we did. We played a really good team that at this point is top of the table, and we played the last 20 minutes with ten men, so to come away without conceding, we’re very pleased.

“Obviously, everybody wants to win every game, but that’s not possible. Everybody wants to come first and that’s not always possible.

“We just want to be the best team we can be, improving every week and wherever we end up, that’s where we end up.

“We are where we thought we wanted to be. We’re a very intense team, but obviously we can improve offensively and score more goals and ultimately stop the opposition from creating chances.

“We felt we were lacking a bit in defensive set pieces and we addressed that last game. We can get better in and out of possession, but out of possession I think we’re one of the better teams in the league in terms of pressing and winning the ball high up the field.

“We just now need to lead that into goalscoring opportunities.”

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Published April 11, 2024 at 7:57 am (Updated April 10, 2024 at 3:38 pm)

Khano Smith remaining calm as he searches for first Rhode Island win

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