Postgame Quotes - New York Red Bulls

Postgame quotes from players and coaches

Crew Head Coach Robert Warzycha:
 
General thoughts on the match:
 
"I think we played against a very good team, but we didn't do much to stop them from scoring goals basically. That's how I feel."
 
On New York’s goals in the early minutes:
 
"I think those were probably rookie mistakes that we made (defensively) on the first goal and the second goal.  The first goal in the third minute and the second goal in the twelfth. You can't play and give up two goals like that against a good team, but we did. That put us on out heels in the beginning. We tried to go forward and tried to pressure, but (New York) was always finding a way to get out of the pressure we put on them. The second half was much better."
 
On the Crew’s play in the second half:
 
"The second half is a pretty good description of what we wanted to do: put pressure on the ball, pressure on the players, don't give them the time to possess the ball, pass and choose where they want to play it. I think the second half, probably that's how we wanted to play.”

Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven:
 
General thoughts on the loss:
 
“It was obviously a very, very disappointing game for us playing here at home in front of a great crowd. Playing the way that we did, there’s not too much we can say. We just have to work this week and try to make it better. That’s pretty much the only thing we can do at this point. We can’t pout. We can’t hang our heads. We have to keep working to make it better.”
 
On the spark provided by Ethan Finlay and Dilly Duka coming off the bench:
 
“Those guys did well coming on. The each created a couple of really good goal-scoring chances.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to put those in the net.
 
Crew Captain and center back Chad Marshall:
 
On New York’s first 15 minutes:
 
“We didn't come out with any energy. We just came out flat. We didn't match (the Red Bulls') intensity. We didn't get pressure to them at all. The could do whatever they wanted to and we had nothing going offensively. It was the perfect storm of things against us.”
 
Red Bulls’ head coach Hans Backe:
 
On Kenny Cooper using his size and strength:
 
“He’s a massive guy. He is a strong tool, but I feel he’s still been too nice in the 50-50s. If he’d start using his body more he’d be a handful for every team. “
 
On the Red Bulls’ first half performance:
 
“I’d say the first 60 minutes of the game, was one of the better we’ve done probably. We were very effective. We got the chances, we even had two or thre more very good chances to score a fourth one too. Then, of course, I feel it quite normal that the 30 minutes with a lot of set plays where we dropped a little bit. I don’t think any team can perform over 90 minutes the way we did the first 60. It’s a massive away win once again scoring four goals and our strikers scoring all of them. It’s phenomenal.”
 
On the wing play:
 
“Dane (Richards) is definitely improving. It’s more end-product in his game now. Mehdi (Ballouchy) is very composed, as we know when he gets time and space on the ball. He’s very precise. He gave us very good possession the first 60 minutes.”
 
Red Bulls Forward Kenny Cooper:
 
On scoring early:
 
“It’s always good when the team can get an early goal. Fortunately we were able to do it again today. We’ve done it a couple times this year. We got off to a great start and I thought from beginning to the end, it was a real solid performance. Credit to the guys, I thought we defended well and attacked well. It’s nice to get that first road win.”
 
On the difference in the past three matches:
 
“We didn’t start the season like I think any of us wanted to, but we went home and got great results at home. Maybe we came into this game with some good momentum and confidence. It’s nice to get the first road victory.
 
Red Bulls Forward Thierry Henry:
General thoughts on the win:

“I thought we played a great first half. I don’t think we played well at all in the second half. We invited them too much into our box. They should have and could have scored two or three goals to come back into the game, but they didn’t. Ryan (Meara) made a couple of saves to keep us in the game. Overall, we are happy, but personally, I’m disappointed in the second half. “