(Q: Did you get an explanation on the late PK call?)
“I don’t think he explained anything to us. I was trying to get an explanation. I was trying to go up and talk to the referee and he said to me, ‘Get away. Get away.’ So I went away. Hopefully he can go back and look at the replay and get judged on the play. It was a questionable call. 93rd minute and the guy’s trying to go through two defenders and he jumped in the air. If he’s going to make that call I think he should be at a good angle to make the call. When I looked back, he was looking to see what was going on. So, for me, you can’t make a call like that. That’s just me. But it happened, he made the call and they got the penalty kick.”
(Q: Did you see where the ref was?)
“When I looked, he was behind, on top of the 18 like probably above the arc between a couple of guys. Because I turned around and he was looking to see what was going on. I don’t think he had a clear view, but that’s just my opinion. We’ll see. We’ll look at the replay tomorrow, later on and see what happened. It was a tough, tough way to give away two points. It was the second game on the road that we’ve given away two points (at the end). So that’s four points we’ve given away in two games. It’s a tough one. We battled. We deserved more than what we got tonight. We have to brush this one off quick because we have another tough game in Toronto come Sunday. The quicker we get this out of our system and move on, the better it is for us.”
(Q: How does this compare to Salt Lake?)
“Every week it’s going to be a different drama. This one is definitely tough, but Salt Lake was tough as well. This one we know it was a called that I don’t know should have been made. There’s nothing we can do. We just have to move on and hope it doesn’t happen again.”
(Q: On turning around quick for Toronto game)
“We’ve got to turn around real quick and get ready for Toronto because they’re going to be fired up and coming out with all the energy and ready to go on Sunday.”
“I’m just disappointed we lost – or tied. I feels like a loss. But it’s a tie. It hurts a lot.”
(On his performance)
I think there are always things you can look back and wish you did better. It’s a learning experience every time. Obviously there are things that I take away that I did well, other things I could have done better and move on from there and keep working.
(On disappointment again on the road)
We all hate losing. I think every professional athlete hates losing. Regardless of how it happens. Even if it’s a tie, we lost two points when we could have had three.
(On comparing to Salt Lake)
I don’t think it’s the same feeling as Salt Lake. Salt Lake it was kind of our own fault, we as a team didn’t finish it off like we should’ve. Tonight our effort was fantastic. It wasn’t our best performance at all, but we gave such a strong effort, to see the guys work so hard for 94 minutes and then gave away that kind of call, I don’t know. There’s no feeling like it.
(On missing chances in second half)
You always have. You always have. And if we do that, maybe the game’s killed. At the same time, you won’t finish every single chance. The thing about this league, is when you go away from home, it’s tough to always play well. We didn’t play to well, but we scored two on the road again. We had the lead up until the 94th minute. We defended well. Fought really hard. They never really had any clear-cut chances. To tie the game on that, that really hurts. That hurts a lot.
(On having to rebound quick for Toronto)
I think it’s a good thing. Because if we had a week off, maybe we’d get down on ourselves. Now we can go out Sunday and get three points. I think we said before the roadtrip, if we can get four points in two games, we’d have taken it. So we have to make sure we get three points at Toronto. And you saw tonight that we’re deep. We had a lot of new guys playing, Boss came in, Estrada came in and we didn’t drop. Hopefully on Sunday we’ll get three points.
(On your goal)
I think I was having a quiet first half, which I wasn’t happy about. But I kept saying to myself that I’ll get a chance. The defender went up, so I cheated. Ozzie won the ball and we do that in training all the time, where he plays me in. Then 1-v-1, staying composed. Last year I might have tried to cross that early, but not this year I said, ‘No way, I got to go on goal.’ Once I scored it, it was a good feeling obviously. Last year, if I had a bad start that would’ve been it. This year I still know I can make a difference. It was a good goal. I worked a lot on that in training and it was good to see come through.
(On Boss’ performance)
He did well. He made two good saves. He gave us a lot of confidence when he came out on some crosses. So that was good. I think Boss has been working with Kasey for a long time, so we weren’t worried. Whoever comes in, truly, we feel like our level stays the same. I think that’s really good and it shows that the coach has trust in the players. And so I said whoever plays on Sunday, let’s go get three points. If we keep scoring two goals on the road, we won’t lose many games.