Last night's 0-0 draw is a good result in the grand scheme of things, but it was still a result that left the taste of frustration and disappointment in the mouths of fans and players alike. The New England Revolution knew they had a shot to sweep their three-game home stand by beating a struggling D.C. United, but were unable to capitalize.
One player who wasn't shy about voicing his frustration was Juan Agudelo, who played the full 90 minutes as the lone striker in the Revs' now-trademark 4-1-4-1 set-up. Agudelo didn't get much by way of clear looks on goal on the night, but his hard work and determination created chances for several of his teammates. Here's what he had to say after the match:
On the Saer Sene goal that was called back:
"It was 50-50. I think if I had touched the ball it should have been a foul, but I didn't touch the ball, and I don't think he was going to touch the ball. We went up for the ball together, I didn't feel like I pushed him off the back that hard. But, yeah, maybe it should have been a goal."
On dealing with United's high-pressure game plan:
We just tried to play the way that we play. I felt like, it wasn't like they were trying to put so much high pressure - I didn't think that our defense was pressured that high, I don't know how they feel. But, I felt like it was a normal game, we were trying to play out of it. I felt like maybe we should have tried to hit some more long balls because, I mean, my strength was working today.
On settling for a draw:
Yeah. I'm...pissed off. Can I say that? I'm pretty pissed off.
On combatting difficult games like this in the future:
I just think we need to be more direct. I feel like sometimes we're playing the easy ball, which is sometimes we play out wide because it's just the ball where the man is open. But maybe we need to be a little bit more direct to get some more chances.
Yeah, I felt like we were unlucky. We should have had at least one chance on the set-pieces. But, again, D.C. was really good defending it.
On playing in front of a league-leading defense:
I think it's pressure, because we let them down today. They did their job, they didn't give up any goals, and any time that...it's like we're playing defense against our offense. If they're up here, and we're up here, we're winning like we won last weekend against Galaxy, but today defense was better than us. We have to be better. And I feel like we have to apologize to our defense for working so hard.