Postgame Quotes - Crew vs. SKC

Reaction to the Crew's 2-1 road win

Andy Gruenebaum

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Columbus Crew head coach Robert Warzycha

Opening comments…

It is a very tough place to play here in Kansas City. They’ve had a very good season again. Losing the game two weeks ago at home 2-0, we knew we had to come over here and basically work. We scored two beautiful goals, I think we gave up a goal too early—seven minutes—but we responded very well. I think we put the pressure on Kansas City a little bit. In the first half I would say probably until the 40th minute the game was even but second half I think they came out pretty strong and they pushed us in the box and basically we defended for 45 minutes. I wish we had played better in the second half and created some chances and given them a real game but they are a good team and when they play in front of their own crowd they have a lot of energy and it was tough until the end but we won.”

On Jairo Arrieta’s brace…

He scored a lot of goals in the Costa Rican league and the league here is a little bit different. Maybe the speed of play is different so it was adjustment time, but I think he is a good player and he finished very well. Especially on the first one, that was a tough finish but I think he did very well.

On the second half…

I think we were defending for 45 minutes and we were fortunate enough that they didn’t score a goal. They have a good team and there’s a reason that they have so many players on the All-Star team. They generate good offense and they are good in the air so I’m not surprised, defending for 45 minutes, that they had that many shots. But obviously the thing is you have to score a goal. Sometimes the game goes like this and you know what, I’ll take it. We are going to add three points to our color. Unfortunately sometimes it is about the result but I always wish to play a good game so everyone enjoys it.

Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum

On Columbus’ 2-1 victory over Sporting KC…

It was a tough match. The humidity was rough. I forgot how hot the summers are in Kansas City. We just dug deep and got a result. We scored two nice goals.  We did what we could to churn out a result. To win against a top-notch team on the road is great.

On playing in his hometown…

It was awesome to come play in front of my parents and family. I had a bunch of family and friends drive in for the game. I personally circle this game every year.
 

Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall

On Columbus’ 2-1 victory over Sporting KC…

It was a grind for sure, especially the second half. Sporting was all over us. It felt more like 100 minutes. It was nice to come out and get three points.  The heat was rough in the first half but I didn’t really notice it.

On winning on the road…

It’s huge to get a win on the road and get a little revenge. We did the same thing to them that they did to us two weeks ago.  It was nice to come here and get our three points back and keep going on this nice little run we are having.  Hopefully we can keep it going.

Columbus Crew forward Jairo Arrieta

On scoring two goals…

First of all I would like to thank God for being able to score two great goals. It’s important for me personally to score the game winner but more important than that is that the team was able to band together and win as a team. Our team maintained composure and we were able to keep the pressure together win.

On scoring the game-tying goal…

I was able to unmark myself and I called over for the ball and scored. It was huge to score the game-tying goal.  It gave a charge to the team to look for that second goal.

Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes

Opening comments…

I thought we started the game very well. Fifteen minutes in we were good. The two goals in the first half, they were just terrible mistakes both on our part. We made it too easy for them to score. We gave a ball away in a routine play coming out of the back and it put us behind the eight ball but second half we had total domination. We had a ton of chances, we hit it all, we were just all around it, but at the end we just didn’t put it away. It’s been the last couple games that way for us. The one thing I thought we did well today, though, was that we managed the fact that another team comes in and just wants to bunker in and just play eleven guys behind the ball. I thought we were good to put pressure on them and get the first goal. We had good movement off the ball so that part of it is very good, but not getting the result is the part that sticks in your crawl just because we dominated the game.”

On forward/midfielder Jacob Peterson's injury…

They have to look at it on Monday. It’s going to wait until Monday they have to get x-rays.

On his team’s mounting injury list…

That doesn’t help and (Jacob Peterson) is in form so we will have to make due once we find out what the situation is, but right now there isn’t much that I can say. Obviously he has been good for us. He brings a lot to our team so that is something that we will have to deal with. We have guys that are injured, but at the end of the day everybody else has opportunities. Players can sit back and complain that they don’t get playing time. But then when they get it they have to perform…here is their time, this is their chance. We have other guys on the roster that need to get out there and play and give us a good performance.”

On Columbus’ performance…
 
They picked a lot of confrontation at the top of the circle and they tried to keep the game really compact. Their whole thing was to try to play the ball long to Arrieta and have Gaven or Dilly Duka run off of them so the thing I said earlier was I think we did a really good job with managing teams that are going to bunker in and drop off. Even in the second half when they locked everything back and they had nothing coming forward other than trying to sprint out. We had good movement off the ball we had good runs in the box we had good numbers in the box. They just bunkered in.

On the officiating…

Management of the game was not the best part of the game tonight. I say that because I understand situations in the game where someone gets hit in the head and we have to be careful of that, but the ball came off of his shin. It wasn’t a head action. So it stopped the flow of the game, it’s not his job to do, unless he had a sense that there was a head injury. I don’t know how you would deduce that there was a head injury from the ball hitting off his shin and it goes out of bounds and he falls down. That is up to the teams to decide whether they want to kick the ball out because they actually deem that there is a serious foul or an injury.

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi

On Sporting KC’s 2-1 loss to Columbus…

I thought we started well, but then we gave up a soft goal. And I take full responsibility for their second goal. I misplayed a ball and (Jairo Arrieta) had a clear look on goal, so that’s totally my fault there. In the second half I thought we played very well, created lots of chances, and probably should’ve gotten on the board a couple times. Barring those two goals we allowed, I thought we were solid tonight. It was a positive performance, so I guess that’s something we can take from this game. But obviously we’re disappointed with the result.

On failing to convert on several goal scoring chances…

The chances have been there, but the finishing has been an issue as of late. If we can keep creating the chances, I think the finishing will come. We’ve said that a lot recently, but as a player you’ve just got to keep thinking the goals and the wins will come.

On suffering such a difficult loss…

You cant’ let a loss like this linger too long. We immediately have to start thinking about the next game. We can learn from losses, but we can’t dwell on them. Like I said, we played well tonight, and that’s all you really ask for. It’s just that the finishing needs to be a little more on point.

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen

On Sporting KC’s 2-1 loss to Columbus…

We completely dominated the game and gave away two sloppy goals. We got punished very hard for that. We created I don’t know how many chances, and everything went great except for the result. You can’t ask for more chances. Now it’s just a question of putting them in (the goal).

On What Sporting KC must do to earn better results at home…

We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing. I’m seeing a lot of good stuff and we’re doing a lot of right things. We started the game off extremely well, and then gave away two quick goals. I thought we came out in the second half and completely dominated—I barely touched the ball. We created chance after chance and their keeper made some great saves. We hit the crossbar, missed by a few inches here and there. Sometimes it’s not your night, and tonight definitely wasn’t our night result-wise. We’ve got to get things sorted out before the New England game. That’s the next important game for us. We go to New England to get a good result and hopefully some confidence, too. Then there’s the big (U.S. Open Cup Final) against Seattle.

On losing forward/midfielder Jacob Peterson to injury…

He’s done an excellent job for us. He’s become a very important player and it’s very sad for him and the team. I don’t know how long he’ll be out, but we’ll definitely miss him.

Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara

On Sporting KC’s 2-1 loss to Columbus…

I don’t know how many times we’ve talked about us dominating the game and not getting the win. Dominating is not good enough. Sometimes it’s better to play dirty and get three points. A lot of people will say, ‘We worked hard, we put up a good fight,’ but that’s not good enough. It’s better when you play (ugly) and get three points than doing well but nothing comes your way.

On narrowly missing a goal scoring chance in stoppage time…

I wish I would have done something different with it, but I’m a striker. I know I’ll get into situations like that again. First thing I did (when I returned to the locker room after the game) was look at that final chance. We’ve definitely got to execute the game a lot better so that we don’t have to wait for chances like that at the very end and then come into the locker room and think, ‘If I’d have just put that in, thing’s would’ve been different.’

On the prospect of the upcoming U.S. Open Cup Final against Seattle Sounders FC…

We’ve got to let this one go with the Open Cup Final coming up. Everyone’s thinking about it, but we have another game before then coming up. So we need to focus on the next one. Yeah, everyone’s thinking about the Cup Final—we’re playing against a team that has won it three times in a row. But we shouldn’t think that far ahead right now.

On losing forward/midfielder Jacob Peterson to injury…

I hope we didn’t lose him for long. It’s just his shoulder. He can strap his arm aside—Pele did that in the World Cup back in the day. I think he’ll be back—we can’t lose him and (Aurelien) Collin at the same time. He’s a tough guy. If he stays away from the pull-ups at training, he’ll come back quickly.

On his header that hit the crossbar in the 65th minute…

That was a header of the throw-in. I thought the keeper maybe got his hand on it and it went of the crossbar. But that’s what I’m saying: we’ve got to execute a lot better. I’m getting a lot of headers, but maybe I could be doing something better with them. I go home and watch every game, and I learn from the mistakes. I’m just looking forward to finishing the next chance I get.