Postgame Quotes: RSL 2, Revs 1

New England Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps

On his overall thoughts on the match:

“It's tough. I don't think that we played well in the first half - didn't play well enough to win the first half. But I thought throughout the game we were pretty good and did a little bit better job, but a little bit cynical from the referee to give two penalties. It's a tough one.”

On if he got an explanation for the first penalty:

“I'm not going to talk about the referee over than the fact that from start to finish it was a little bit cynical. But then again, we fought hard, but we've got to do a little bit better job.”

On his team's response to going down a goal:

“I mean, it's tough. [Real Salt Lake] is a good team. You've to credit Salt Lake. I don't think that they need two penalty kicks to beat you, but tonight I think that's what they needed. I think we can do a better job. I've got to look at the film and see where we can get better.”

On why he moved A.J. Soares to the defensive midfielder position:

“We wanted to get some bite in there and some ball-winning. To A.J.'s [Soares] credit, I thought he did a nice job tonight.”

New England Revolution DF A.J. Soares

On his overall thought on the match:

“I thought we played well enough to get at least a point. We defended really well and had plenty of chances going forward. To get no points is super disappointing. I'm disappointed with both calls on the penalty kicks. It's a hard one to swallow because we didn't deserve to get no points.”

On if there was any explanation for the call on the first penalty:

“I don't know. I didn't get an explanation, but I didn't ask for one, so I can't tell you. But he saw something, called it, and it's fair enough, he's the ref and he can make whatever call he wants, I guess.”

On the team's response to falling behind:

“I was really happy with the response, and that's Darrius Barnes. That's what he's going to do. He has phenomenal character and he took it on his shoulders to just pull us right back into the game, so he did a great job there and he played well on the night. So I'm happy with the response but at the end of the day it doesn't matter if you don't get any points.”

New England Revolution DF Darrius Barnes

On his overall thoughts on the match:

“It's a tough result. Obviously the goal was to come here and get a result and at least try to get a point if not three. Unfortunately that did not happen. I thought in the first half we played into their hands a little bit too much and they had control of the game. After that, I think in the second half we came out and played. I thought that we had the majority of the play and we were a little unfortunate not to get a point out of this game.”

On the response to going down a goal:

“I think the response was good. [The goal] kind of woke everybody up a little bit. Obviously we feel like that's a tough [penalty kick]. I don't agree with it but that was the call and fortunately we responded. We tied it up and it's one [to] one at halftime and we felt good going into the half. We knew we didn't play our best stuff and we're still tied one [to] one. At that point we thought that it was our game to lose. We knew we were going to come out and play better - we had to play better in the second half, and I thought we did. We created tons of chances and we should have finished a couple of those. Unfortunately there was another PK that the ref calls, it's his decision, and then it's two [to] one.”