Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistants: Corey Parker, Andrew Bigelow
Fourth Official: Chris Penso
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: 80 degrees and partly cloudy
NYR - Daniel Royer (Florian Valot, Ethan Kutler) 37’
NYR - Bradley Wright-Phillips (Ethan Kutler, Sean Davis) 52’
SEA - Harry Shipp (Will Bruin, Waylon Francis) 87’
SEA - Jordan McCrary (caution) 74’
SEA - Harry Shipp (caution) 76’
SEA - Cristian Roldan (caution) 90’+1’
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Jordan McCrary (Magnus Wolff Eikrem 78’), Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Tony Alfaro (Clint Dempsey HT), Waylon Francis; Nicolás Lodeiro, Cristian Roldan, Osvaldo Alonso - captain (Harry Shipp 59’), Victor Rodriguez; Will Bruin
Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Nouhou, Jordy Delem, Alex Roldan
Total shots: 11 (Rodriguez, 4)
Shots on goal: 5 (Shipp, 2)
Fouls: 13 (C. Roldan, 3)
Offside: 2 (Bruin, 2)
Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)
Saves: 11 (Frei, 11)
New York Red Bulls - Luis Robles; Ethan Kutler, Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Kemar Lawrence (Connor Lade 61’); Sean Davis, Tyler Adams (Marc Rzatkowski 64’); Alex Muyl, Florian Valot, Daniel Royer; Bradley Wright-Phillips (Derrick Etienne 77’)
Substitutes not used: Ryan Meara; Hassan Ndam, Carlos Rivas, Benjamin Mines
Total shots: 22 (Wright-Phillips, 5)
Shots on goal: 13 (Royer, 4)
Fouls: 16 (Muyl, 5)
Offside: 2 (Muyl/Wright-Phillips, 1)
Corner-kicks: 6 (Davis, 6)
Saves: 4 (Robles, 4)
Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer
Q. Your thoughts after tonight’s 2-1 loss to the Red Bulls?
BRIAN SCHMETZER: Well, at the end of the day, goals are going to change games. We worked all week on getting a little more possession, being a little more dangerous. We get some shots on target.
Harry finally breaks through at the end. But you know, they get a goal right before half time. We could have equalized changes the game, changes the complexity of the game, doesn’t happen. They come out the second half and that’s just classic, textbook stuff. They get another goal just on the other side of half time and it’s hard for the team to recover.
What I was proud of, though, is the team never quit. They never stopped fighting. Testament, again, to the strength of the group. We got one a little late but certainly wasn’t enough.
Q. Victor misses his chance right before halftime. You make a chance, bringing in Dempsey, what was your thoughts on the trade --
BRIAN SCHMETZER: We knew that was going to happen. That was already planned but when they scored the goal and we came in at halftime, we just accelerated that a little bit. We were going to bring Clint on, try to run some sting into the game, which I thought worked in some ways. You know, I’ll take a look at the tape and see how they got their goal, get in behind us.
But you know, he was just -- he was going to come on. Just brought him earlier than I thought.
Q. Was that change different than bringing in Bruin?
BRIAN SCHMETZER: Yeah, he’s still fighting plantar fasciitis, and he just couldn’t make it through the game.
Q. How do you think Ozzie, Nicolas and Victor looked together for the first time in a match this year?
BRIAN SCHMETZER: Good. They were fine. I mean, you can tell, we have some decent spells of possession. They are just not quite enough.
Q. Goal goes in, getting an equalizer --
BRIAN SCHMETZER: Would have been nice. I think we’ve done that a couple years past. We’ve scored some death here -- but it wasn’t meant to be. Tough place to play. Not the result we wanted but we’ll keep fighting.
Q. What do you do at the break, give them some time off to refresh?
BRIAN SCHMETZER: They will have some time to mentally recharge and physically recharge. We’ll get back after it in Chicago back at home.
Q. Given how lopsided a lot of the game was, does that late goal change the ultimate take away for you? If you had lost 2-0 instead of 2-1, would you be taking anything different out of the game?
BRIAN SCHMETZER: Your point is well taken. The goal is a sign, a symbol, that there’s life in the team, but was that really going to be enough? You know, probably not. They had a ton of chances in the second half. They could have put the game right a little sooner. But again, that’s soccer. That’s the way games go sometimes. I thought they opened themselves up sometimes in the first half and put some of those past chances away. Maybe game is different.
Q. Were you happy with the physicality and the possession side of retaking possession?
BRIAN SCHMETZER: No. So we won the duel battle but we lost the possession. We have to be able to do both on a consistent basis. I thought New York came out and played the way they do. They press high up the field and if you get up around them, they will foul you, stop the flow of the game.
You know, that’s physicality. Our guys go in and those guys win some challenges and some duels, but nothing that I would say extreme.
Q. You were having a long chat with some of your assistants on the field after the game. Was that a typical thing or unusually long or unusually emotional?
BRIAN SCHMETZER: We’re just trying to collect our thoughts because you know, everybody gets a little emotional after losses. So we’re just trying to calm down a little bit and make sure that we have the right message for the guys in the locker room.
Q. Obviously Nicolas --
BRIAN SCHMETZER: He’s been great. He’s been very good. He scored the goal for us that set us off in our home match and tonight he gives everything, all the time. He’s still playing with a broken toe.
Q. Does he seem a little down or off?
BRIAN SCHMETZER: No. He hasn’t played any matches, so he needs to regain some of that match sharpness, but he’s good. Very good.
Seattle Sounders Defender Jordan McCrary
On his instructions before the match…
“My job is just pretty much to get up and down that right side and try and add to the attack as if I’m a winger. But at the same time, I am a defender so I have to be back, stay in my block and just try and block as many crosses and as many counters as I can.”
On what the Red Bulls did to make this match difficult for them…
“They just tried to stay high. Lawrence didn’t really get up too high. But, when he did, that outside forward 77 was out there high, ready to try and counter as fast as he can. Try to stay in between the pocket between me and Kim which was a little bit difficult communication wise. But pretty much just got to find a way to slow that down, can’t let them counter and try to keep possession for ourselves.
On whether a break for the team at the moment would be beneficial…
“Absolutely rather be back out on the pitch. Games like this, you want to get it out of your head, want to get to the next one, try to get rolling, try to get another dub. After D.C., we felt good. We wanted to come into this one and get the win. Didn’t happen but we want to clear this out of our head and get to the next one.”
Seattle Sounders FC Nicolàs Lodeiro
On tonight’s game…
“Sad and anger at the same time. We wanted to leave with at least one point from here. We woke up a little too late and by the time we woke up it was 2-1. It was a difficult game.”
On whether a break for his team is a good thing…
“In my opinion I want to play. I want to get back and play as soon as possible.”
On how New York made it difficult to score…
“The truth is in the first half they were superior. They had more dynamic and they were pressuring us up high. They found the goal and after it was 1-0 they controlled the game.”
On playing with Alonso and Rodrìguez for the first time this year…
“Yes it was good. Since it was the first game it was good. I hope that all three of us will be one hundred percent and we’ll be able to help the team.”
On how he feels after playing the full 90 of the past two matches…
“Like I said, I feel sad. I wanted to end before this break with at least another victory. Often times things don’t turn out the way we hope, but you have to be prepared to play the 90 minutes a good, hundred percent.”
Seattle Sounders Defender Harry Shipp.
On entering the game in the second half…
Yeah you know it’s tough, they made it tough to play in the first half. Kind of disrupted our flow and how we were trying to build. I came on just trying to make a difference get the ball in dangerous spots. I had a couple half chances before that. Might’ve scored one. But I stuck with it Will played a good ball, had a good finish. The last minute the game was stretched, we pushed Chad up and trying to steal a point. Didn’t come off, back to the drawing board because I think there’s a lot of things with team shape and kind of how we played that we could’ve done better to make it more difficult for them.
On where he’s at after scoring…
“Yeah I know personally feel good. Again, nothing to lose that’s my attitude. Going to try and make a difference do as much as I can for the team. Always a team guy first whether its scoring, tracking back, defending, providing for other guys. Whatever the game calls for I’m just going in and not worrying about anything negative and just trying to make a positive impact.
On what Red Bulls did in the first half…
“They pressure high to make it tough. You resort to kicking the ball long a lot and they’re really good at picking up the second balls. They have guys in good spots and know where others are. Through the midfield, they have guys that show up in consistent spots and you know they can play passes without really looking they know guys are going to show up in those spots. They play well at home, they always when I played. It’s tough to play here but we’re disappointed not with the result but I think we could’ve played better.
New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch
Q. Congratulations on the win. In a stretch where the fixture congestion is ridiculous, mid-week, you have to go to Philly. Certainly there could have been more goals in the first half?
JESSE MARSCH: Yeah.
Q. But on a night, you certainly -- do you just take 2-1 and happy that it’s a tidy win and move on?
JESSE MARSCH: Yeah, for sure. I mean, you know, there’s some frustration that we don’t handle the game better because if we are better on the day, it can be much more in hand. I told the guys, there’s no negativity right now. They have all had to dig so deep. Tyler and Tim coming back across the continent, or across the ocean and a bunch of guys that have had to play game after game after game, turn around, different demands.
So the three points is massive, and as much as on another day, you know, we could have -- we could have been much better, like right now, the focus is to be happy about the three points and now find a way -- I already told them that they have three days off after Philly.
I already rewarded them for the effort that they have put in but we’ve got to find a way now to turn around, find as many guys as possible that can really go after the game on Saturday because it’s going to be a big challenge.
But good three points. Really good three points.
Q. I was going to ask about the performance, but is this where the rubber meets the road in terms of the rotation of players?
JESSE MARSCH: Yeah, I mean, you know, it’s funny, we went into this stretch of games, and when we started it, we didn’t know if we were going to play the second round and we assumed that if we did play the second round, it would be mid week, and then I think U.S. Soccer threw us a little bit of a curveball with allowing Philly to pick the weekend, and, you know, I don’t really blame Philly because if it were the reverse, we would have done the same thing. But I don’t know how U.S. Soccer can allow such an unfair fixture date to take place in a big tournament. That’s not right.
But in the end, life’s not fair, you know. The scheme’s not always fair. So we have to find a way to use as much of our roster and find out which guys are ready to turn around and push as hard as we can for Saturday night and go after it.
So we’ll find -- I told the guys, you know, it’s going to be really, really tough but we are going to find out about ourselves and we’re going to go down to Philly and just pour our hearts into it.
Q. Have to ask: Is this the last game we’re going to see you coaching this team? Sounds like you plan on being here Saturday?
JESSE MARSCH: Yeah, yeah, I’ll be here Saturday. This is not the last game I’m coaching. I’ll be here. That’s an easy one.
Q. Obviously, a win is a win but seemed like you had a bit of frustration the second half, a couple -- you were on the sideline, a couple players not doing what you wanted to do and you talked about wanting to stay positive, but what were some of the things you were seeing from your players that you want to look at?
JESSE MARSCH: There was tactical moments where we were a little loose which allows them to move up the field and then there’s finishing some plays off. But I know what I’m looking at, guys are tired, but I also know that by not doing the little things right, they are going to get more tired.
It’s normal in some ways and again, I’m not going to let negativity seep in.
Q. What would you say about Ethan today?
JESSE MARSCH: Yeah, he gets an assist and I don’t know if they gave him a double with Danny, the first goal.
You know, he’s a very gifted player, passer, on the ball and we’re continuing to try to build in more defensive sophistication and more of a defensive edge with him but he does provide us with that ease to be able to pass, put plays together, see the next play and on certain days, that’s really valuable, and we knew that we -- that Seattle would be defending a lot.
We knew we would have the ball a lot and we were hopeful Etthan would be able to find moments in the game and he did. That part was good.
THE MODERATOR: They did give that assist, so two for Kutler.
JESSE MARSCH: Good.
You guys aren’t in Russia? They didn’t give you the budget? (Laughter).
Q. As far as Tyler and Tim, a lot of teams said, no thanks, about letting players be released for those friendlies. You obviously let those guys go. When you see them play the way they played against France, both guys did well. Does that make you feel good about that decision? And unrelated, Patrick Vieira has moved on. Thoughts on him?
JESSE MARSCH: Let’s start with Tim and Tyler.
You know, I say this all the time, but I spent time with the national team, so I know how valuable those experiences are. There’s nothing we can do here with our team or with our league to recreate the experience for Tyler and Tim to go start in Lyon and play against one of the best teams in the world and play against some of the best players in the world and to hold up in that game.
So those moments build people and build players into bigger people and players. So you will find very few times in my tenure as a coach here where I have ever limited a player from going in with a national team no matter where and no matter what. So I’ve always been very supportive of that and I just -- then we try to work with federations and we try to work with the league to try to respect the schedule and put us in position to succeed in some of these moments.
Patrick Vieira, yeah, you’re not supposed to like rivals, you’re not. You’re not supposed to like the derby coach but I’ll say I really like Patrick. We had some rocky moments in the history of the derbies, but that’s what -- the way it’s supposed to be in some ways but in the end I think we developed a real mutual respect for each other. We have some friends in common, so I think that helped us come together. We were able to find different moments at different times to have good conversations and in the end I liked watching his team. I liked beating his team but I liked watching his team.
So in the end, I think he was a real positive, having him here, and if we could have more coaches come and bring that kind of nuance to our league, then I think we’ll be better for it.
Q. Going back to Kutler, he’s one of the many players that played for the USL team that you’ve brought up and now has played for the MLS team. You’ve signed a couple players to the MLS from the USL, but not that many have gotten on the field. But this year has been really different. What changed?
JESSE MARSCH: Well, we moved a lot of our older players, right. We moved Sacha. We moved Grella. We moved Sal Zizzo and we made the decision to bring in a lot of our young talent and it was a mutually inclusive decision.
So I think a big credit goes to this organization in -- in total because everyone has put so much effort into trying to honor the identity that we were trying to create here. I mean, I could go from, you know, Fernando and Sean Ruiz to the academy team of coaches to all the physical team, the physios and the fitness trainers that we have throughout the team to train all our players and physically prepare them to do what we need them to do at all levels. And then all the coaching staffs across the different levels.
Really proud of what we’ve built. Really proud of what we’ve built. That’s almost separate from the results of the first team. It’s almost -- it’s all interconnected, but in the end, it’s a real club and I think that’s the thing that everybody who is here really feels and is proud of.
Q. Bradley, perfect position to head that ball in. He’s now four away for a hundred league goals. I’ve asked you this all the time about Bradley. What makes him so special out there to put that ball in the back of the net and is just -- doesn’t matter how it is. Just it looks spectacular.
JESSE MARSCH: I happened to be watching him the whole time and his little movement and then his ability to just duck in front of Chad Marshall, he has a knack for it. The two headers in Atlanta were amazing. He has all these headers now on the year. He’s so good in the air.
He’s a total player. He’s the total package. I rave about him at the time but there are no flaws in him as a person or as a player. He’s got everything that you can ask for.
We’ve been so lucky to have him, and, you know, obviously it’s hard to, it’s hard to imagine so much of our success without what he’s been able to provide and accomplish for our team.
So you know, we’re really lucky to have him, and we’ll have to figure out how to use him on Saturday and how to use everybody, because that’s going to be another important one.
Q. And secondly, about the goalkeeper situation on Saturday, is Ryan going to be back for the Open Cup?
JESSE MARSCH: Yeah.
Q. Or are you going to let Luis at it? -
JESSE MARSCH: Ryan is in for the Open Cup and he’s in for the whole tournament.
New York Red Bulls Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips
On the pre-assist pass from Kutler…
“It’s obviously nice. That’s what I want from the guys, creating chances. I can’t complain with the service in that cross. I think he did well today, especially on the ball.”
On getting three days off following the match against Philadelphia…
“It’s nice. I think with the CONCACAF Champions League we had earlier in the season and Open Cup now and our busy schedule, it’s been tough for the boys. The rest is welcome.”
On feeling as though he had more space regardless of Seattle playing three at the back…
“I think with our eights and a ten, they got into some great positions in between their back line and their midfield and I gave them something to think about. If you watch the first half at Columbus, I don’t think we did that enough and it was easy to lock me down and Flo (Valot). This game, they had a lot more to think about. It worked well.”
New York Red Bulls defender Ethan Kutler
On his first MLS start…
“Well the system we play and the players who are playing in front of me make it easy for me. They move a lot off the ball and all I have to do is pick my head up and make the right pass. Most of the time it’s Flo going down the line or Derrick or Brad popping into the inside channel, so you know it’s pretty straightforward where the ball should be played.”
On the chemistry he has with his teammates…
“I mean I’ve played a lot with majority of the players here. Flo, I’ve played with Aaron a lot. A lot of it is still new to me though. A lot of the players I didn’t play with at the USL team. But they’re accepting me into the family and I’m just trying to work for them in training and on the field and it’s paying off.”
On adjusting to the playing system…
“It’s definitely a transition getting back to right back, but the system makes it easy. Like I said, it’s very straightforward where you have to play the ball, where you run, where you’re required to be defensively. You just have to keep the shape and play simple and that’s pretty much it.”
On feeling more a part of the team…
“It’s a pretty big adjustment. Tempo wise, pace wise, physicality wise. But it’s something I feel that I’m up for the challenge. The guys are making it easy for me. They have my back, I have theirs type mentality. It’s a good environment for everybody on the field. You work hard for other people, they’ll work hard for you.”
New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer
On getting a goal tonight…
“Yeah, I think so. It’s always good to score, it’s always good to win. That was a major goal today, took the three points out of the game. That’s the most important thing, that was good, but I still think we could have finished the game earlier. We could have taken some more opportunities and scored some more goals, but yeah, we got to get that right but still three points, that’s good.”
On the team’s mentality…
“Yeah, it’s a tough program but as we always say, the mentality is really good in this team. The spirit and we all know what it takes to be successful, we all know what it takes to win games and it’s tough, the weather and the amount of games we have in a short time. But that was really good and now recover two days, and go for it again.”
On USL players stepping in…
“It’s great, I think all the players are ready. You can see it in the last couple of games when we had some guys going to the national team. Some players had to step up and they did a really good job, especially thinking about Hassan and Ethan, they did really well not playing a lot of games before the stretch. Yeah so we know we can count on any player and we continue like that.”