Well, that wasn't fun. The New England Revolution went to Toyota Park insisting that they were going to cut out the defensive mistakes, and instead made two major errors on the way to a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. The first goal was a penalty, no question; Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey can babble and bluster all they want about it being a bad call, but that was a good call by the ref, who had a pretty good game overall. The second goal came off just an absolutely egregious mistake of concentration and discipline. Everyone on the field in the 25th minute should be embarrassed for themselves.
Considering it was an away match, not as many quotes were released, but here's what came out anyway. The game highlights are embedded at the bottom of the page.
On the back and forth scoring in the first half:
"Penalty called, they scored. We fought back and then we gave up a goal on a throw-in. "
On the second goal:
"I didn't see it. I was writing a note down and didn't see the play."
On the substitutions made in the second half:
"I thought Jerry Bengston did a nice job coming in, and he held the ball up. I think at the critical time I think our passes were a little off."
On facing Chris Rolfe:
"I thought we dealt with him well at times. We didn't deal well with him other times."
On not starting Jerry Bengston:
"He had tired legs because he had been traveling quite a bit.
On subs cont:
"A few of the decisions were tactical, and others were just trying to get the best players on the field."
On the team's performance tonight:
"I saw a lot of grit, I saw a lot of fight. A lot of desire. But sometimes that's not enough. Our coach was saying the devil is in the details, and that was certainly the case tonight. I think two mistakes, not necessarily mistakes, maybe one mistake in the penalty, and then one decently worked goal. I think we did well to come back quickly and get one back. They did well in their own final third, and we were there trying to break them down and couldn't quite do it. I think second half we came out and really fought hard and showed a lot about ourselves. We're in a rut right now, that's the bottom line. We need to do whatever we can to get out of it."
On the team's mentality after giving away the game winning goal:
"Because of where we are in the season and where we are in each game, or where we have been, I think it's one of those times where you say, you know what, we got to get on with it. These things are happening to us instead of getting down on ourselves, it's more like, you know what, let's test ourselves here and come back and really show something of ourselves. I think we did that, but unfortunately the only thing we can do is score a goal and we needed to."
On what he saw in the second half:
"I think we got stretched a couple times. They got a couple counter attacks but that's always going to happen when you're trying to win, when you're trying to push forward. I think we did well with most of those for the most part. I think we got a couple chances in-some things go our way, roll of the ball, hit the post, I don't know. Something like that. But maybe we could have done it; unfortunately it just wasn't our night."
On looking forward to Columbus:
"We need to change the little things. The little things are going to be the difference. A positive season and one we'd rather forget."
On the team's performance:
"It was tough. First half didn't go as we would have hoped but we had a good spell I think in the middle of the first half. We put some great passes together and went forward well. It's kind of the same story, you know. We make two mistakes and we get punished hard. We just have to keep moving forward, I guess, and stay positive."
On whether the second Fire goal took a little out of the team's sail:
"It's always tough when it goes back and forth like that. You're really happy when you score and it comes back, and you get scored on like that, it's real tough mentally. I thought after their second goal we didn't fold but we probably should have been a little stronger mentally. So, it's tough, but we have to be stronger mentally and play better."
On facing Sherjill MacDonald:
"Oh man, he's good. He's real strong, he'll back into you hard and he knows how to do that well. We did pretty well with him, backing into us and he got one. But besides that play, we dealt with him pretty well."
On dealing with Chris Rolfe:
"[MacDonald] and Rolfe have a really good connection. It's tough, you have to decide whether to step or hold and it takes a lot of communication. Sometimes we got it perfect and sometimes we didn't. We need to be perfect. That's what Jay's harping about in the back-to be perfect. That's how we are going to win games. Has to be a little better."
On fighting for wins and moving forward:
"We aren't going to give up. I know that much. We have ten more games. We have to give everything we have."