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September 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Sounders FC vs. Revs postgame quotes, part 1

I just found these in my junk email today, sorry….but here is the Revolution’s take.
New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol
On the game:
“At this stage of the season, it’s all about results and points. We can complain that we didn’t start the game well again. We backed off (Fredy) Montero, who’s been scoring goals from that distance all season, so basic errors in the first half – particularly were causing us positional stuff, and just generally giving the ball away. Probably 20 minutes in, from then on we carried, took the game to them. We weren’t particularly inventive, but we still managed to be committed and put them under pressure. And that’s why we won the game.”
How Steve Ralston’s absence affected the team:
“Up until then – to be honest – we were fast asleep. We keep talking before the game about starting well, and we said before it’s easy for everybody to talk about it – and we didn’t do it. So, we’ve fought ourselves out of a big hole, which shows the steel of the team, but we’re not always going to get away with starting slow.”
On the timing of the penalty kick:
“We needed a break. The commitment, effort was there. Like I said, we weren’t particularly inventive, but we got a break. It was definitely a handball. But that kind of pushed of forward. The header’s a fantastic goal. It was a great cross and a magic header. You won’t see a better header all season. That’s why proper strikers get paid a lot of money – it’s not easy.”
If Joseph can be considered a striker now:
“I would argue with that after that header.”
On what Joseph brings to the field:
“Goals, assists, work rate… you name it, he’s got it.”
On the importance of the win:
“Not winning tonight would have made a big dent in the rest of our campaign, but we got three points and we’ll march on.”
On moving Joseph up to forward late in the game:
“We needed some strength and height. After with (Edgaras Jankauskas) coming off with a groin injury, we needed some height there, and the logical choice was to move Shalrie (Joseph) up and put Pat (Phelan) in there to shore things up from behind.”
New England Revolution midfielder Jeff Larentowicz
On his assist on Shalrie Joseph’s second goal:
“Shalrie (Joseph) was open, that was it. The ball came back to me; I played it to Wells (Thompson) and he played it back, I had time to pick my head up and Shalrie had gone in and pulled his run back out. I just floated it to him.”
On the team responding after a slow start:
“We’ve started poorly at home and we’ve given up early goals. I guess around the 15th or 20th minute we finally start to kick in. I don’t know what’s wrong with us. I don’t think it was Steve (Ralston’s) injury. We were encouraged when we came in (at halftime); we came back out and got the goal early in the second half. We got together as a team and said to keep the pressure that we had in the first half, so I don’t think we were upset that we didn’t get [a goal] in the first half.”
On owning the possession edge:
“It’s a do-or-die situation: we treated it as a game that we had to win. We gave ourselves 45 minutes and we said we had to go out and do it. Seattle is a team that is playing on the road and traveling cross-country, and they’re a speed team. They like to get forward. They are good with the ball, but we put our stamp on the game playing at home.”
New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph
On the victory:
“It was a great team win. It was huge. The sad part now is Steve Ralston; hopefully it’s not too serious. Everyone’s focused that hopefully we can get him back as soon as possible.”
On his penalty-kick goal:
“We wanted to get the equalizer real early in the second half, and after we got it on a PK we just kept pushing and pushing trying to get that winner. They’re a great team in their own right; they kept the ball and created chances. Our defense was huge for us.”
On his second goal of the match:
“Jeff (Larentowicz) played me a great ball and I wanted to put it in the corner. There was one guy in front of me and I saw him clear out. Then I just wanted to stay onside and there was one defender behind me, and Jeff just played a great ball. I just wanted to put it on target and put it in the corner, and once I saw Kasey (Keller) in the middle, I picked out my corner.”
On Seattle’s defense after its first goal:
“I think even if they had scored two, we still would have been all over them. As I said, we came out with the attitude that we have to win that game no matter what, and giving up that early goal on a great strike by Fredy (Montero) kind of shocked us. We picked ourselves up and started going again and starting attacking and pushing numbers and created chances…We got a win late and that’s all that counts.”
On gaining momentum before a road-trip:
“It’s huge. Getting three points tonight was huge. We knew we needed to get three points because we’re going to have a tough game in Colorado and in Dallas, and we have to take care of business. No matter where we play right now, we know that the playoff picture is coming around and we need points no matter where we go.”

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