Revolution 2-0 Union: Post-game quotes
I thought it was a good game for us, complete from front to back. Philly’s a good team and they’ve shown that they are a good team on the road. I thought that in the first half they showed why: they sit in and they let you attack, they give you chances and then they break. When they break they break well. I thought Danny Cruz did a nice job. I thought the Michael Farfan shot that Bobby (Shuttleworth) saved was pretty good. Then from there I thought we dictated a lot of the game. I thought we were playing some good stuff from midfield. I thought that Kelyn (Rowe) and Lee (Nguyen) did well. Kalifa (Cisse) cleaned it up behind them. Overall, I thought our front to back movement was pretty good. I thought that we felt the goal coming it was just a matter of when.
Union manager John Hackworth
On the loss:
Well I thought New England was the better team tonight. So congratulations to them, Jay Heaps and his staff and his team. They were the better team tonight. With that said, that was not reflective of the kind of game we’re capable of playing at all: probably our worst performance on the year so far. In a lot of ways just frustrating that we’ve been playing so consistent and at least the way we try to play and tonight wasn’t the same.
On what was missing:
I just think we’re a team that has to do things on both sides of the ball collectively. We didn’t do that tonight. We were fortunate to not be down a goal in the first half. Yet we had chances too and we didn’t take them well. (Bobby) Shuttleworth makes a couple of really good saves as well, keeps them in the game. Then I thought we came out in the second half and we were actually playing much better. We had good numbers forward on both goals and I just watched them and there were little details and guys just stopped playing. That is not reflective of our team usually.
On not continuing the road success:
It’s not the same, it’s not the same. Look we understand this league is tough that way. You have games where you are not your best. Certainly on the road if you don’t rise to the occasion, especially on an emotional night like tonight for New England and this community. It doesn’t help that we struggle a little bit with the turf. All those things said, it wasn’t our best.
Union midfielder Michael Farfan On the loss:
Yeah, it was a hard loss. I think it could have gone either way. They had some chances in the first half, we had some chances in the first half and we were just unfortunate not to get the first goal and come out of here with at least a point … I think it was kind of both ways. With their one goal, it was a deflection and kind of just fell in a lucky spot for them. Like I said I think it could have gone either way.
On the emotions of the day:
It was a very emotional game. I mean to start the game with a nice little tribute to the tragedy that happened here. Our condolences go out to all the people affected by it, but in the end it’s just a game and you kind of forget about those things.
Union midfielder Brian Carroll
On what can be improved:
I thought there were a lot of things that we could've done better. It just wasn't our night, for whatever reason, offensively, defensively, possession of the ball making plays that we normally make. It just wasn't there tonight. They were the better team on the night.
On the emotions of the day: It's hard to imagine what people are going through, still. Watching the video before the game, it doesn't matter what part of the country you're from I think it touches everybody. It was their night.
Union defender Jeff Parke On the loss:
Disappointing. They’re a decent team, but we made them look a lot better than they were. Gave them chances, and they punished us. It's a game that we felt like we should have come up here and at least gotten a result, and now we go home with zero points. It's disappointing.
On the Revs first goal:
It changes things, but at the end of the day, we still have to be a good enough team to weather that and be able to respond and not go two down. We didn't do enough tonight and we didn't create enough chances. I felt like we had a couple, but on the day, they had the better of the game.
On the Revs attack:
They just opened us up and put us on our heels and attacked with numbers. They made it difficult for us in the back. We didn't follow runners and didn't do enough to keep them wide. They came at us up the middle, played it wide then played it across and there's a couple of goals after it. They had a couple of chances, as well. On the whole and on the day, they were better and created more chances.