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Red Bulls concentrated on players here, not absent

Here's some of what the New York Red Bulls had to say tonight after coming from behind for a 1-1 draw at Seattle:

Coach MIKE PETKE(On the game …) “I’m extremely proud of my guys. Not only to get a result here, but to play very good and to put pressure all over a phenomenal team like Seattle. And to have many scoring opportunities – and they had some as well. To come in and not be intimidated by this crowd and with the recent form of Seattle and in a very stressful environment – I’m very proud of them.” (On New York’s season …) “Like I said, all credit goes to the players. Any negative play by us, any bad results, that comes down on my shoulders. Any good results, positive results, is a direct credit to the players.” (On the game plan and moving Peguy Luyindula up top …) “The insertion of Peguy into the lineup tonight was strictly because he’s very good at holding the ball and he has great vision. We knew that if we could get him the ball past the midfield line, then he turns and goes, that we could be dangerous. I thought he did great tonight.” (On Tim Cahill’s play …) “Tim never ceases to amaze me – with his work rate, his attitude, his rallying the troops. It’s just another game for Tim.” (On how their missing players may have affected things tonight …) “I think a lot of emphasis is put on who we didn’t have than on who we did have play tonight, and I thought that was a discredit to a lot of the guys. We knew they weren’t going to travel early in the week so it was out of our mind. That was the focus for these guys. I have faith in these guys and they have faith in each other to come in and get a result, and they did that.” (On the team’s halftime adjustments …) “Honestly, the adjustments at the half were to keep doing what we were doing. From the opening whistle, we had an opportunity and wanted to keep the pressure on. In the second half, we hit the post, hit the cross bar and had opportunities. It was a good a good game to watch at home, or I’m assuming it was, unless I misread it from the sidelines. I thought it was a great game for ESPN to have and I’m sure people were satisfied.” Midfielder Tim Cahill(On his impressions of the game tonight…) “I really enjoyed it. I think before the game, I told my players and the manager said to the players to have no fear. This is a great place to come. It’s one of the best stadiums in the league and the best crowds and you can understand why they win games here because the support is amazing. For us, we’re unfortunate not to get the three points, but it’s a pleasure to play here so credit to their fans and to the team. I’m proud of the boys of what we achieved tonight, and we’re unlucky not to get the three points.”

(On David Carney and having another Aussie on the team…) “It’s good. He’s been positive. He gets forward, he‘s defensively brilliant, but he gives us another element with Johnny [Steele] attacking, crossing and causing problems. Five games unbeaten for the Aussie lad coming in. I’m just proud of the team in general. Everyone put in a great shift. Honestly it was amazing to play here. We wish we could play in places like this every week.”

(On his goal…) “Basically I screened it as well as I could to Johnny […] and Johnny just touched it. It sat nicely and I thought about dragging it with my right foot and smashing it with my left, but the keeper was just sort of like based to his right a bit and I just tried to find the side corner and it hit. And that’s what I said to the lads, you play for moments like this, defining moments that change games. My whole career, I’ve looked to try to make the difference in front of big crowds and the best teams in the leagues, everywhere I’ve played, and tonight that was it. It was pretty special, but not for me, for my team because we had a lot of players step in due to other circumstances and this is what it means to be a team. This is the feeling that you should have after every game, a feeling of reward, and I’m proud of the boys.”