Quote Sheet - RSL 3 : 0 PHI






On the first

“A lot of anger,
aggravation, disappointment; I really was displeased with our first half. I
really felt like Philadelphia was the better team. We were very fortunate to
have a lead at all. If the score would have been what I thought it should have
been it probably would have been 3-1, us down; that doesn’t make me happy at
all. I felt like Philadelphia wanted the game more in the first half and that is
unacceptable, and we let the players know that. There was no disagreement on
their part, and what we saw was a fantastic reaction in the second half. We ended
up getting what we deserved and what we worked for, which was a result in the


On why RSL might have
come out rusty:

“I think it can be a lot
of different things. We have a tendency not to play well for multiple matches
in a row. I think we played a fantastic game last week, and I think in the past
we’ve had difficulties coming back and playing well when we play really well
one week. The next week typically there’s a little bit of a letdown, so that
had played a factor. I think the afternoon kickoff played a factor in the
energy level. Sometimes in the past, probably today as well, we occasionally
underestimate teams and don’t show them the proper respect that we should. So I
think all three of those things added up which is why we saw what we did in the
first half.”


On RSL’s goals:

“The first goal came off
a missed back pass on their part that [Álvaro] Saborío jumped on. He had a shot
blocked and Kyle [Beckerman] got in the right place at the right time. The
second goal, Jamison Olave was, again, right place right time on a great ball
by Javier [Morales] in a dangerous position. The third goal was a little bit of
a nice play, a real nice combination [between Saborío and Pablo Campos].”



Thoughts on the match:

“It was another home
game and a game we needed to get some points from to help us catch up to the
pack, so we just wanted to come out and dominate the midfield. I think we had
the better of the first part [of the first half], but they had the play after
that [through halftime]. They’re a good team and they’ll do well this year.
They’re going to get better but are just having some tough luck right now.”


On Saborío turning a
poor Union back pass into his goal-scoring opportunity:

“’Sabo’ has been doing
that; he did it in Columbus and almost caught one. He seems to kind of sniff
those out, and he was able to do it again. I saw him do it and, I don’t know
what made me get going, but something in my mind made me get on my horse and
run towards goal just in case that ball pops out. Once it did, I just hit it.”


On going against his
former teammate Chris Seitz:

“We all respect him as a
goalkeeper. We think he’s a good one and we know he is. He’s having a tough
time but he’s going to grow. It’s really his first season of playing fully, so
he’s kind of like a rookie and they all hit bumps in the road, but he’ll be
fine. We just wanted to try and take care of our chances and if we had some
good ones to put them away, and we knew the first one would be important


On filling in for
Robbie Findley up top:

“I was ready and just
awaiting an opportunity. I spent all preseason injured, so it’s hard to get
back and get a lot of minutes, but it was great to get back on the field


On his assist to Álvaro
Saborío for RSL’s second goal:

“I think we have the
same kind of features. I understand the way he plays and the other way around because
we are both tall and know how to play as a target, so I knew he would be
between the defenders and that’s why I tried to put the ball there.”



On his link-up with
Pablo Campos for RSL’s second goal:

“It was a very good pass
from Pablo, so I just had to make the header and hope that it goes in. We know
how to play with each other so we hope to continue like that.”



On his interaction
with GK Chris Seitz and his growth in the first few games:

“We all need time to
approach the game in the right fashion and time to get familiar with each
other.  Because of the National Team and the Olympic Team, we [Seitz and
I] know what to expect from each other. He has a great work ethic and he is
eager to play every weekend and I appreciate the effort that he is making.”


On his squad’s
aggressive and upbeat style of play in the first half:

We always talk about the importance of
the first goal. They [Real
Salt Lake]
had the chance to score the first goal and we did not convert our first chance.
It’s not only difficult to make a play, but it’s also difficult to have to tie
the game or win the game from behind. We made individual mistakes and that
should not happen. The importance is who scored the first goal, for the overall
confidence it is very important. We did not convert our chance, but Salt Lake


On being on the
road without the team’s two best players:

“We are not in the
business of moral victories. We did play good soccer, but we need to convert in
order to get results. I am glad that we played this way. In the second half, we
were chasing the game. They got another goal and that should not have happened.
We need to keep the concentration and keep our focus and try to score a goal.
Teams will collect on our mistakes.

“If we keep our style of
play then it is going to pay off, then we are going to score the first goal and
we won’t be chasing the game, and then we will win games. We have to have
patience and discipline. We have a difficult stretch, and there is no doubt
about that, but we are not going to lose our passion, we are not going to lose
our focus, and we are not going to lose our spirit because that is more
important than anything.”


On what advice
he’s giving his young team during a difficult opening stretch:

“With preseason, the
whole season is 11 months. If we go and hang our heads after five or six games,
then we are in the wrong business. All we have to do is keep our spirit and our
motivation and we will be good. The team works hard every single week and you
can see it with how hard they work during the games. Just the mistakes we made
… they need to be eliminated. Our fitness is good and if we are going to keep
working as we have, one day it will pay off.”



On the difference
of the Union attack in the first half:

“I think we got more
players forward. Our left and right [backs] got up more and we had more crosses
up in the box. We really got players forward and that’s what we need to do to


On the opening
half of the season and the effect on the team’s mindset:

“There is really nothing
that we can do. We are going through a tough stretch, but we just need to fix
our mistakes. We really just keep screwing ourselves up every game.”


On the importance
of the first goal and what they are doing to get the opening goal:

“We were trying to get
players forward. Like today in the first minute, me and Alejandro [Moreno] were
in the box and I feel like we had a great chance in the opening minute. If we
would have converted that, the whole game would have changed.”



On coming back to
Utah against his old side:

“I didn’t really look at
it personally. It’s a team thing for us. We haven’t gotten the results we
wanted on the road and we felt like today was a chance for us to come out and
do that. Obviously we didn’t get the result, but I really looked at it as a
team thing rather than a personal one.”


On the difference
between the first and second halves:

“I think we came out and
we did what we have been working on in training. I think we showed that in the
first half, and we played really well as a team and as a collective group. It
got a little bit away from us after halftime and we ended up chasing the game,
and that’s when their goals started to come.”


On the importance
of continuing to attack and make the other team chase the game:

It’s huge, especially on the road, to
try to get that goal. And to ride off of that, it would be huge for us. I think
that we have had chances in games, I just think we are not converting, whether
it’s the other team scoring or just missed opportunities.”


On the difference
in mindset due to being away from home for so long:

“Anytime you play on the
road for a long time, it will always be a tough environment. We have had a
tough stretch playing in Toronto, then Seattle, then here. Everyone is better
at home in MLS, but for us we need to start going into places and start earning
some points. That’s our main goal.”