Last night's loss made it six games in a row without a win, and three defeats running. The New England Revolution are having some serious trouble right now, and honestly should have put away a Montreal Impact side that's not particularly bad, but not as good as the Revs should be, either. Here are the postgame quotes, with a little extra that didn't show up on the Revolution website. The highlights are embedded at the end of the post.
Heartbreaking. Disappointing. Not good enough. So we're struggling to find the way the way a little bit and it's a really bad loss at home.
(Jerry Bengtson) looked a little tired. He's been in Honduras for the last four, five days - he came back the other day. He had a training with us and two days with us. But also, we were just trying to change it up a little bit. We needed fresh legs in. That was really it.
It's the third game in a row we've made a mistake and it's come down and cost us.
We were just trying to open them up a little bit, trying to get some gaps. When Lee (Nguyen) gets the ball, he's going to be fouled so we tried to create a little bit ... we wanted to get Ryan (Guy) a lane to penetrate and open up a little bit of space. And to do that you have to go long a little bit just to keep them honest. And as the game settled in a little bit we had our chances - hit the crossbar, hit the post, no penalty call on the handball which was clear as day. Unfortunately, we're talking about a disappointing loss.
In the past, and what it felt like in this game, both. A couple of missed touches when we could be in a good spot and then the chances that we have, we hit the post.
Yeah, it was a tough game. I thought we started the game pretty well and created enough chances to score a goal and we couldn't get that bounce in the moment. It seems like when we do make mistakes we're punished. So it's disappointing but we have to dig deep and fight hard here down the stretch.
I think Jay (Heaps) said we've got to shake it up a little bit. Guys have been comfortable in playing, expecting thier spots and at this level you have to earn it and now it's become clear. I think there are a lot of guys who are good players and can contribute and at least give 110 percent, and I think Jay will look to get those guys on the field.
I think unless all of us are 110 percent committed, we're not going to win, so I don't know if enough of that fight was there for us. I thought there were some other factors too, a couple calls that didn't go our way and a couple bounces, we hit the post a couple of times. So it's bad luck but you make your own luck.
Just that final ball is lacking. I think we're getting into decent spots, we have good spells of possession, but when we get into that advanced third of the field it's just about putting the ball on the money and committing to getting runs in the box and we haven't been doing that lately. We just have to have that full commitment to lay our bodies on the line, make those runs, and do what it takes to score goals.
Give their goalie some credit. He made some big saves tonight, he had a very good game tonight for them and him and the post and crossbar kept them in the game, I believe.
We did a good job sticking to our game plan tonight, which was we wanted to start a line of pressure at the top of the circle and force them to make turnovers, which we did a few times in some dangerous spots, and really got after them. Those were some of the chances that we created and I thought we did a really good job at that. Once again tonight the problem was getting punished for another mistake. Other than that we didn't give up too much, so it's very frustrating.
I wish I could tell you the answer to that and if we did have the answer it wouldn't be a problem for us. We have to do better though. I think we did do a better job at creating chances tonight, which we struggled with last game or two. The difference is just putting those away.
One thing we really concentrated on this week was playing one and two touch. I think a lot of times we get the ball out wide and no one really knows what's going to happen. We have some really crafty guys that like to take guys on, and those are times that guys want to get in the box for those crosses. Tonight we got more balls in the box, guys were anticipating the ball a little better tonight so it's definitely a step in the right direction we just have to keep working on it.
Unfortunately that's the problem with injuries, and I think the last four or five games we've been adjusting to other teams but we've kind of decided to get our own identity and stick with it. And that's how we're going to get better. I definitely think tonight was a step in the right direction we were honestly just unfortunate not to finish on our chances and they punished us on one of the few that they had.
This is a difficult part of the season because must-win games are upon us and at this point as well so many people are fighting for that spot, a call this way a call that way, unfortunately we're not getting those calls. I think we're playing okay, we're definitely not playing up to our potential. But then again its just the roll of the ball sometimes, off the post, off the crossbar, penalty that maybe should have been, maybe a red card here, again I hate to lay it on calls but things that really change the game affect us as players. As much as I think we could have and should have put the game away just with our play with the run of play and scoring goals, I do think we need something extra, a little bit of spark to kind of push us over the edge.
It's just finishing touch. I think beginning of the season, we were coming into every game thinking were going to score a goal, you know, at least one. I think you hit rough patches, and that happens, people go through goal droughts and that's unfortunately what we're going through now.
I do. I don't know if they're becoming more physical, I think they always have been. I think statistically we're the most fouled, we're the team that fouls the least. And maybe that's something that we need to look at, becoming ore physical ourselves, I think that's something that will probably affect our game in a positive way and I'm sure we'll be talking about that in the days and weeks to come.
You know I'm comfortable. The guys around us, there's great chemistry in the locker room right now and even going through a difficult time, everyone's supportive. When I am moving around everyone helps me out just the same, and I feel strong wherever I am.
It's one of those intentional confusions. We want to do that to throw teams off, we know what we're doing, we go through that in training. It's something where we're trying to get goals off of and unfortunately that didn't happen today.
I think that does affect teams, but in this league that's part and parcel of playing. You've got different fields, turf, nonturf that your'e playing on every week. You get injuries, and I think a lot of teams, you're very lucky if your team has very few changes and it's just something you have to deal with.
It does. I think emotionally it's something you end up talking about or thinking about all the time. It's then a struggle to get that out of your head. You start to think the world's against you. You know that's not true, but when you're going through a losing streak it's something that creeps in now and again.
It was a turnover in the middle of the field. Sanna Nyassi picked the ball up, and once he gets going he's pretty quick. He just put a great move, I closed him down, I was showing him to the outside to his left foot, and he did this real quick little touch through my legs, and then he just blasted it upper V it was just a pretty great goal. You know there's a lot of things that we could've done better but, at that speed, especially at Sanna's speed, sometimes you just look back and say that's a great goal. Obviously we could have prevented it in a few different ways, keeping the ball and getting a body on Sanna earlier but, it is what it is.
Hard to say. We're playing some good soccer, getting behind defense, we're shooting the ball well, and we're hitting the goal like we did today. But it's just not going our way right now, we just gotta keep our heads up and stay positive. I know the goals will come, we have great players up the field, I gotta just do my job in the back and allow the guys in front to do their job, and we'll turn it around.
I mean it's just the nature of being a defender that you gotta be error free in order to win games. I wouldn't say that there's more pressure, we just gotta do our job. We gotta be error free even if we score five goals. It's not good enough to not be error free even if we score 3, 4, or 5 goals. For me I look at every game I look at my part of the game and say we need to be error free, we need to give up zero goals, so tonight giving up one I'm not happy with that. I wouldn't say that's why we lost the game, I wouldn't put that on the defense, or on the offense, it's a group effort. We just need to be a little bit better and a little bit more clinical overall.
I wasn't specifically in that area. I like the physical part of the play, I like hitting guys, I watch Sena Taylor highlights before the game. So I'm always trying to hit someone. It's not in a dirty way, but that's just my job on this team, I gotta be physical. I'm never trying to get a yellow card, you see my record, I only have two or three this season which is really low for a centerback. Yeah I'm always gonna hit a guy if he's in front of me, but people foul us because we play really good soccer. We move the ball well, teams can't hang with us when we have it, so they hack us down and we gotta deal with it.
I think if we got a little bit better on set pieces maybe. It's no single reason why we haven't socred a lot on set pieces or anything because the service has been great, I feel like we've been getting to balls. Sometimes it just doesn't bounce your way. Maybe it gets a little bit harder every game if you don't get a goal on a set piece or something. Maybe if Bernier is sent off for his two really bad tackles, you know, maybe that helps the fouling stop. Benny almost had to go off the field twice, that's unacceptable. But, you can't blame it on that. We gotta adjust more I guess, get a little bit better when they do foul us.
I think that actually pumps you up a little, when I see someone clank one off the crossbar I think we're that close to getting a goal. I don't think it weighs on us, I think obviously once you go down one-zero, you kinda feeling that pressure that you really gotta get a goal and then it kinda exposes the team more, your'e more spread out, so there's pressure. But if you're a pro you gotta deal with the weight of having to keep a clean sheet, having to score a goal, having to win games, that's just how it is.
IMPACT HEAD COACH JESSE MARSCH
I think it was a workman-like performance. The guys dug in, they stayed disciplined, they bend a little bit but they don't break. Maybe we get a little bit fortunate with a couple of calls, but in the end, I think that we made our breaks this game and dug in and stuck together.
I think Sanna's (Nyassi) in a confident place for sure. He understands we have a lot of confidence in him even though we've been using him from the bench. When he comes into the game he provides a real spark to the game and he's a threat, a real threat. We're pleased with where we are as a team. We're not too high right now. We're going to keep going and keep working and keep pushing this thing and see where it ends up.
I think that'll be an amazing test for our group to play against a team like that (San Jose). That's a team that never quits. They compete like hell all over the field and they make it hard on whoever they play against, so it's going be a really big challenge and I think we're excited for it.
I think what you saw is, again a goalie that is very sure in how he makes his plays. I don't think we need to talk about anything else right now but Troy (Perkins). We're happy to have him here. We think he makes us a better team. I think he makes a really big save on the header and bails us out. And for the most part he was very sharp on the night.
Maybe, but more than anything its continuing to move along. And if you have a confident goalie behind you and if you have confidence in him, then I think that gives our center backs, specifically, a lot of confidence that they can be aggressive to make plays.
I think we're three (points behind) because Chicago won. Chicago goes to 38 (points) and D.C. (United) is at 36 (points). You know the table is so hard to interpret with the games in hand, which is almost good for us, because we can just focus on one game at a time and we don't have to look and worry and everything else. It's just one game at a time, and we keep moving ourselves along and we'll see where it all ends up.
IMPACT DEFENDER HASSOUN CAMARA
We were very happy about our game. It was a difficult step to come to this field. We had to be ready physically and mentally to fight against this team, because they have very good players. We are very happy to go from here with the three points.
We knew Jerry (Bengtson) is a very good forward, so Matteo (Ferrari) and I had to be ready for him. We knew he would give us some problems, but we think the whole team did a good job. We had to be smart collectively, and this is what we did.
We played very well, because we played together and we want to fight for each other. We did a good job about that, and I'm happy. We have to do the same thing in our next game against San Jose.
It was incredible. Sanna (Nyassi) is a very, very good player, and he is very important for us. When he goes on the field, he doesn't think. He goes on to help us, and this is what he did. It was one of the best goals of the year, and I hope he has goal of the week, because he deserves it.
We didn't need this to be confident. We know that we have good players. We have a very good group, we have to be smart, and we know where we want to go. I think that we can do well. It is the first year. Some people say we're an expansion team, but we know where we are and where we want to go. We'll keep going.
IMPACT MIDFIELDER SANNA NYASSI
I think it was about good defending, we made some good saves, and then we tried to counter. I picked the guy's pocket, ran through the defense, beat the guy and took a shot.
It's all about whenever you have a good game, you keep it going. Be consistent with your performance, and then I think that gave me a lot of confidence. I want to keep that going.
It's about teamwork. My teammates help me a lot. They make sure they communicate with me. It's about being in good spots when I have the ball so I can a lot of options. That's really helping me too.
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