Me: Is it weird how many reds the team has received?
Marshall: “Yeah, it’s kinda weird. Seeing a couple of circumstances in which the red cards were issued, I thought it could have been a little bit more lenient. The one with Kasey, it’s like, iffy. You weren’t sure if the ball hit his hands or not. Fredy Montero with the elbow to the face, even with James Riley, the tugging. Just kind of iffy calls. It’s unfortunate but we have to see it as players and just kind of shy away from that and not get involved in that. The game gets so intense and you’re such a competitor that you want to win and you want to be in the heat of the battle. Things kind of get boiled over sometimes and you’re so passionate about everything that emotions get out of control sometimes. That’s it. Guys want to win and we’re all winners here. And I think that’s why you see sometimes we kind of push it a little bit over the edge. Definitely you want to win…Hopefully our luck changes this last part of the season and we shy away from the red cards.”
Marshall said he tried to compare his first season at Toronto FC, when it was an expansion team, to see if there was pattern with calls going against new teams.
“I don’t know. Why are we getting so many red cards? I think they know that we have a bunch of competitive guys here and we don’t want to lose. And we’re going to battle. That’s part of it. We’re not going out there trying to hurt people or do things get red- carded, because that’s not what we want to do. We don’t want to put our team in a bad situation, we want to win.”