Postgame Quotes: Red Bulls 2, Revolution 0
New England Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps
Obviously, a disappointing result. We weren’t thrilled with how it went down tonight and it’s a tough result at home.
I’m going to look at the film, I think it was probably not finishing our chances, but I need to go back and look at it. I don’t know the exact stats, but I don’t think they had a ton (of chances). Two set piece goals. We had chances to score goals and we didn’t.
I don’t think it was about effort or energy tonight. I think it was a little bit about the final ball, the class inside the area. We had two or three balls go across, we had shooting go right at their goal keeper. Look, we weren’t good enough and we’ve got to get better.
I think the (World Cup) break is a weird one because it’s not really a break because we have the Open Cup. Yeah, we wanted to go out and finish our chances better tonight. Look, we could have scored in the first 30 seconds of that game, we could have scored at various times during the game. I just thought we let ourselves down. The movement wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be and I think the guys will tell you that. I didn’t like the fact that the last game was Saturday and we had to wait until Sunday to play. I feel like we were really chomping at the bit and to the point where maybe, we tried to overdo things today a little bit. With that said, when you go into a break, I think you have to collect and look at what you did well and what you didn’t do so well. I think we’ve been streaky. Let’s be honest, we’ve won games and we’ve lost and we’ve got to find a way to balance that out a little bit better.
I thought (Saer Sene) did a good job. He went in there and he’s returning back to training, he had some personal issues that he was dealing with and came back in and has been working hard to get back in. I thought he had a great week of training the last couple of weeks and I thought he handled it well tonight. I thought he was dangerous tonight.
The thinking (behind starting Daigo Kobayashi over Kelyn Rowe) is that we have competition, but last week’s decision was different than this week’s decision. Last week I felt Daigo, he was limited in training all week, so I thought going on the road would be a good game to get Kelyn into. Tonight was getting back to really trying to see where we were at best. I thought Daigo and Kelyn both did a nice job tonight, Kelyn coming in a little different position, I thought he was good out there.
New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez
It wasn’t our night. We fought, we tried to do everything we could. Hit the post, a couple of just good chances in the six and we just couldn’t finish.
I was just trying to get on my right foot and try to hit, take a shot, take one around him and try to take a shot and hit the post. I thought it was going to come back and hit the goalie in the head and go in, but it didn’t go out that way. We were unlucky but we just have to keep our heads up and know that this break is going to be tough for us, but, when we come back we have to start where we were.
We just had to fix a couple things at halftime. At the end of the day it was those things, little stuff that on the six we need to finish. We just weren’t good enough.
… (Jay Heaps) put Kelyn (Rowe) in so we can maybe get some crosses in and we tried to do that. We just couldn’t finish any chances.
No, I think it’s, we should be everything the same, every player who fits in that role knows how to play that role. Me as a right mid or left mid, I just have to keep following and do my job and try to help out them as much as possible.
We just need to relax and make sure that we … our batteries are charged. So when we come back we’re going to be going at full speed. I think it’s going to be tough for everyone like I said, but we have to make sure we’re focused and make sure we take this time off serious.
It’s tough. We want everyone to come in here and think that it’s going to be a hard game. And that’s what we tried and first loss but we can’t do anything about that. Now we have to look forward to the next games.
New England Revolution midfielder Andy Dorman
It’s one of those days where we didn’t take our chances and we gave up two poor goals from set pieces. I think second half, we came off well and created chances and needed a goal. I think if we got a goal we could have gone on and win the game. It didn’t happen and they took their chances well and won.
When the goal happened, I moved back to try to get out of Bobby’s (Shuttleworth) way and I ended up getting in his way. I take responsibility for that. I’m not 100 percent sure if he was going to come out for the ball but when I moved back I ended up in his way and killed all his momentum when he was coming out for the cross.
It’s disappointing to leave this game this way, especially being at home and with the break coming up. We were looking to sign off on a positive note especially with the break coming up.
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke
I’m extremely proud of my guys. I told them before the game that there were going to be periods tonight that were not going to be pretty and that I’m absolutely fine with that as long as they put the work in and play for each other. That’s all I wanted, to be honest with you, at the end of the day. I was here the last time we won 10 years ago. I played in that game, so I am extremely proud of them tonight.
This year I thought this was possibly going to be our most difficult game up here – not only were we without players, but they’re a damn good team and they move the ball well. We had a lot of concerns about winning this game, to be honest with you, I don’t know why it’s so difficult to come up here and play. But they got it done tonight, so I am very proud of them.
Luis (Robles), like he has all year, has made some key saves for us 100 percent. Obviously I am a little concerned with how we gave up some of the opportunities we did, but it’s a great feeling to know you have someone back there who, 9 out of 10 times, feels like he is going to make those saves,
I easily could have put (Ibhabim) Sekagya in the back there, he’s experienced. But there comes a point, and we had a feeling about (Chris) Duvall a couple of weeks ago, and we put him in and he’s done very well with it. We said that, you know what, maybe this is a game for Matt Miazga perhaps – the moment is going to be so grand for him that he’s not going to feel the pressure as a young guy. I think Matt did very well in his debut tonight and I am very proud of him.
I was very positive about our set pieces today. We worked on set pieces and we talked a lot about it over the last couples of weeks and it’s good to see it come together tonight. I thought we could have had two or three goals in open play as well, but New England could have had a handful, three, four, five, as well. It was a very good back and forth game, but at the end of the day, we held on. Perhaps they were a bit unlucky on one or two of them, but I think we were as well, so I am good with the result.
I challenged the guys beforehand, I really wanted them to have a chip on their shoulder. A lot of talk was made about the grass that was put down on Friday here – beautiful sod and the amount of money they paid for it, just to rip it up the next day when we were coming. I don’t blame them at all. Honestly, I would do the same thing if they had an (Thierry) Henry and (Jamison) Olave that would miss it. So I thought about that, but what I challenged these guys, perhaps a little bit of gamesmanship on my part with them, but I said ‘this is what they think of you, you know, they’re really focused on two guys who won’t make it, and they don’t think much of you.’ By all means I’m not saying that that is the reason why we got the result, but I wanted them to have a chip on their shoulder about that, and perhaps they did a little bit.
New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles
New England’s good. We read the scouting report; we knew they are a young dynamic team. They have some players who aren’t afraid of taking the ball on. We knew we had to come in with all our effect to hang with them. We got lucky on the first goal which changed the completion of the game and we played solid defense. There weren’t a lot of difficult saves; they were mostly routine because our guys put them in tough spots. I give tons of credit to the defense tonight.
Well lucky we didn’t give Chris (Tierney) a lot of opportunities to cross it in. There was one shot where he knuckled it but I wasn’t going to mess around with it and I popped it over the goal. Just going back to the scouting report we knew these guys were dangerous in several different ways; from crosses to set pieces. It’s not just Chris (Tierney), but Lee (Nguyen) is so dangerous with his foot on set pieces but again our defense stood strong and we got the three points.
First thing is we have a great locker room. Losing four in a row you can start to point fingers at people, but that doesn’t happen here. The guys are very positive, and everyone believes in each other. That’s our belief we knew we could get three points this week and we did. We were lucky to get the first goal which put us in a great spot and we played well after.
New York Red Bulls forward Peguy Luyindula
It’s a big thing (for the New York Red Bulls to win a game before the World Cup break) because we didn’t have a win since like, four or five games. Then to come back to win like this is a huge thing because we’re going to have big break and then we can concentrate for next game to come.
It was amazing (having goalkeeper Luis Robles defend) like always. If he wouldn’t be there, maybe we could have conceded this goal – we can’t just put the head down. He did a great job.
It’s a group - it’s a group mentality, so when (Thierry Henry, Jámison Olave, Dax McCarty, Roy Miller and Tim Cahill) are not there, the guys who have to play have to step up on the field and that’s what we did today.
(Matt Miazga’s first career start) was amazing in the building process, in the defending. He was hard on the ball. He was aggressive. It was a huge first game.