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Rusnak: “Let’s not get twisted” about off-field controversy

“Make no mistake ... I give 110 percent,” the attacking midfielder says.

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Albert Rusnak didn’t squash the controversy around his recent comments in interviews today, but he did shed some light.

If you’ve been following the news, you’ve read about Rusnak talking about how he was looking to get away for international duty, citing some off-field drama. It was an unnecessary match thrown onto an oil spill, but he’s not walking anything back.

“There’s nothing to clarify there,” he told reporters, including our own Jake Simons, after training today. “What I said, that’s how it is.”

But he was also quick to clarify that this is an off-field concern, not an on-field issue.

“When I step on the field, (...) I give 110 percent,” he said. “Let’s not get twisted what goes on the field and off the field.”

An excerpt from Rusnak’s interview follows.

It’s still at the same point. Just one thing — what goes on off the field, that’s one thing, but make no mistake, when I step on the field, whether that’s for a team here or for my national team back home, I give 110 percent. I fight for my teammates like they’re my brothers, and Mike (Petke) and the coaching staff, ever since they came here, they were unbelievable to me, so let’s not get twisted what goes on the field and off the field.