Here's some of what the Red Bulls had to say after their 2-2 draw with the Sounders today:
COACH HANS BACKEOn the match: Quite a rough start for us defending-wise, I would say they could play in between our defense a little bit too easy. But after some adjustments I think we just improved in the second half. I mean we should have won it- I mean three, four huge chances to finish this game off. But at the same time it's brutal out there. After the first 20 minutes the way we (played) I can live with that.
On Kenny Cooper, Sebastien Le Toux and Thierry Henry playing together: I think with another balance in midfield the other three guys to play Thierry behind these two, I think it's possible. But you need more box to box plays around Thierry. Then I think it’s definitely a possibility.
On not using many substitutes: (I was) thinking about both Mehdi (Ballouchy) and Victor (Palsson) as options to replace some of the guys. But as long as we controlled the game and created chances, I just had a feeling to keep going. Then we have to look into the Wednesday game if we need to replace two to three players to start against Chicago.
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On the debut of Bill Gaudette: I am pleased with his performance. I've seen Gaudette when he was with us in our training camp and I don't think he should come out because it’s a one-versus-one and it’s more that Brandon (Barklage) misjudged the cross. That should be the right fullback who battles that better.
Forward THIERRY HENRYOn the game: Well, it was hot and difficult to play, as you saw. No pacing to the game – very sloppy on both sides. I think the second half was a bit boring for you guys. It was for us too. Overall, that game was like a tie right from the start. Although we had a lot of chances in set pieces, it was a weird one. From a personal point of view, that was my third game in the last two months and I felt it today, as you can imagine with the heat. I don’t know how the game is going to be against Chicago at one o’clock. Let’s hope we can do the business in the first half because trust me the second half wasn’t easy today.
On the chemistry: We weren’t able to find any chemistry today. You find out you need to repeat movements and have a go at the defense and we didn’t do that. I’m not going to put everything on the weather, but I’m telling you today wasn’t easy to play. I think saying that, we might actually find some opportunities on set pieces. We had a lot of chances to finish the game and bury it, but we didn’t. It was kind of a hard one, especially as a striker, you want to put pressure on a defender, move, repeat runs, and we couldn’t do that today. Having said that, Sebastien [Le Toux] had a great game. Scoring a goal in his first game for us was great. Bill [Gaudette] also played well. I know Seattle traveled, but we were all talking to each other at times and saying how hot it was.
On not initially playing up front: At the beginning we tried something that clearly didn’t work because we were not touching the ball. And then I went to see the boss and decided to go back to a 4-4-2 and then we were in better shape I thought. We started to play way better, if I can say that, because the rhythm was a bit slow. We did what we had to do: we came back into the game and put ourselves in front. On their second opportunity in the game, they scored. Great finish at the end of the day. As I said to you earlier on, we could’ve scored and we didn’t on set pieces. That’s the way it is in this league, now we have to regroup and refocus and win against Chicago.
Forward SEBASTIEN LE TOUXOn his first match with the Red Bulls: I didn’t really think about it. It went pretty fast since two days ago. I came late. Yesterday was my first day with the team. I feel like my mind was really off tonight but I’m really happy to score my first goal in my new uniform. Just disappointed that we didn’t win tonight but we have to continue on Wednesday and get a win against Chicago.
On playing on his third team this year: It’s crazy. I had to be on the east coast, west coast, east coast. But I’m living my dream. I’m really glad to be in New York. It’s a great organization like Vancouver and like Philadelphia. I’m pretty lucky I play for a team who play for the top. I’m just looking forward to the next practice tomorrow and next game on Wednesday. After, I just hope to progress.
On meeting fellow countryman Henry: I was young and I used to watch him in World Cup ’98, him scoring goals and being the superstar he is. It’s just great and some of my friends were jealous, it’s funny. He’s a great guy too and just a great player. I’m just lucky and I’m just going to enjoy all the moments I can have over here with him.
Defender MARKUS HOLGERSSONOn how he worked in the center of the defense with Rafa Marquez versus with Wilman Conde: I didn’t know what happened with Rafa. You could see it was a little bit slow and we didn’t find our position so fast as when we worked in the week. With Conde, beside the goal, we worked good together.
On how the hot weather affected the game: The weather was awful. It was because of the weather. You have to take it easy sometimes and then you have to tempo up. It was a slow game because of the weather.
Goalkeeper BILL GAUDETTEOn the match: It was hot (laughs). No, you know, 2-2 is a decent result. Obviously at home we would like to get more points being up 2-1 but with the conditions and everything out there and Seattle being a tough team, 2-2 is a decent result. It’s always good when you get points. Obviously three is better than one, but we’ll take the one.
On what his last 48 hours have been like since being traded to New York:It happened pretty quick. You get that phone call; you get on that plane, next thing you know you pack whatever you can and you get on a flight back. It’s one of those things, it’s part of the business. I’m just happy to be here and be a part of this team. It’s a good feeling to be back in New York and to get the start today was incredible. It was nice, I wish we would have got three points but it was pretty exciting day and we’ll get back to work tomorrow.