Coach SIGI SCHMIDI thought we were OK, until we’re up 1-0 and the altercation occurred between Shalrie (Joseph) and Patrick Ianni. At that point, I thought we lost our composure a little bit and gave away a couple of goals that we shouldn’t have given away. Obviously, the game turned and they scored their chances and the game was over.
We haven’t made mistakes back there in a while. We’ve been pretty solid, and I don’t think we defended the throw-in well. We had just cleared one off the line right before. Nobody took charge of it and figured out that they were going to do the same thing again, so that was bad. The second goal, I really can’t say anything about it in terms of that it was one of those plays – bang, bang and actually our player (Osvaldo) Alonso tipped it through to them. The third goal was a bad clearance by Ianni.
I’m not happy about it, but on the same token, we have players that are constantly learning and we have young players. I’ve seen guys make multi-million dollars at Juventus and watch a ball bounce inside the 18 and the other team scores a goal. So to say it’s something that should never, ever happen … unfortunately it happens. A lot of goals are scored off of mistakes and we made some.
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Goalkeeper KASEY KELLERThat was probably the worst 10 minutes we’ve played all year. There’s really not much to say about. Hopefully that’s the last of it and it can’t happen again if we want to continue on. We just want to get this out and learn from it and if we don’t learn from it, I’m sure there will be some changes. It’s up to us to put it right on Thursday.
The first goal was just a long throw that was flicked to the post. [Osvaldo Alonso] was stuck with two guys at the back post. I thought from different times during the game, we didn’t stick with our runners and at the far post, and they had multiple opportunities at the back post after a flick or a ball that went all the way through. We never figured it out and we eventually got punished for it.
On the second goal:It just ping-ponged around inside there and ended up to them in a great position to tap in. But still, I think we were a little flat-footed. We had guys who were there – there was no reason that the ball should have gotten through, or the man should have gotten through. I don’t mind the ball; the ball can’t get through all it wants. We’ve got to stay with the runners. I don’t know what happened. We uncharacteristically just absolutely fell apart after we scored our goal.
For 65 minutes, I felt like we were going to win the game. And then for some reason, after they scored they picked up the pace and we melted, which is just not like us.
Midfielder STEVE ZAKUANII think that was probably the turning point with Shalrie (Joseph) and Patrick (Ianni). There was like a five/six minute delay and we just scored and after that, I think we maybe – as our coach told us – lost our composure a little bit. We tried to get it back, but they just really built off that. They scored the first goal and then the second one came just a bit fortuitous for them. As much as I said that we lost our composure there, we were pretty disappointed.
Despite some of the things that went against us, I think that when you’re up 1-0 on the road after you’ve been playing, usually we’re very solid team defensively. Today I think we had a few lapses and it’s just a case of we let them carry too much momentum. You could just see their spirit and confidence building and we didn’t respond to that. It got to the point where we were just chasing the game later on and they’re just a big physical team they’re going to just keep the ball away. We’ve been winning, haven’t lost in a long time but now we’re going to see what we’re made of. How do we respond from there?
Forward MICHAEL FUCITOOn playing in front of his family and friendsIt felt great. This was my first game back, too, after my knee surgery. I wish it were a different result, but it feels good to come back and have my family and friends come out. It’s been a while.
On the resultI think it’s frustrating, especially going up 1-0. I think it’s a game that we should win, so it’s definitely frustrating. We were on a little bit of a roll too, so we wanted to keep that going.
On his plan entering the game in the 82nd minuteJust push forward and try to get a goal. At that point, we were two goals down, so just try to push and try for a goal.