Here’s some of what the New England Revolution had to say after their 2-2 draw with the Sounders tonight:
Coach Jay Heaps
I think the game was an emotional game, obviously. And what we did, when we came out we changed up, obviously, you could see what we did tactically and took advantage. And we scored and I thought we could have scored again. I thought we could’ve had two, three goals in the first couple of minutes. And then we made two mistakes and they scored two goals, and the rest of the game was trying to get back in. Credit our guys – they keep believing we can get back in games. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the win, but it’s better than zero points. We’ll take the one.
Tactically, I don’t know if you guys noticed, we went with a little tactical shift. I thought that by putting Saer (Sène) wider, it opened up some space for him and it paid dividends right away when he almost could’ve scored. But unfortunately as the game went on, we made the exact same mistakes we made in Toronto. And believe me, we worked on that all week, so that’s even more frustrating.
(Tonight’s formation) was more to open it up so Saer (Sène) didn’t have to get a knee up his back all the time, and to get into a spot offensively. We felt that Flo (Lechner) – it was Saer’s job to take the outside back and Flo was to cover the … wide midfielder. But I thought that, tactically, things were going our way. We didn’t get close enough on a cross, unfortunately, on the second one, it was bad all the way around. It was bad pressure, it was bad by Matt Reis, he’s got to come out and get that, and A.J. (Soares) can put a body on. So there’s three guys who’re at fault.
Did I sub the kitchen sink in at one point? I think if you noticed, we tried to play up through them. So rather than just bringing in just bodies, we wanted to try to piece them apart because they were sound defensively. I didn’t think we were going to get a goal on a header – and I didn’t think it was going to be Diego (Fagundez) on a header – but I thought that we were going to pick them apart and we had a lot of chances to do so … we certainly should’ve had more from this game.
It also had a lot to do with (Osvaldo) Alonso. You’ve got to give respect where respect’s due. Alonso is a good midfielder and he basically plays the position of two players out there. And they can lean on him. So we didn’t want Benny (Feilhaber) to go man-on-man with him and have to defend Alonso going forward and back. So we went with two defensive midfielders allowing Benny to be where he was and free to get the ball. But Benny did put a good clip in defensively and in the second half had more energy it looked like to orchestrate. He almost got through there at the end a couple of times when he was moving, but he had a lot of legs left. And that’s why we wanted to have that triangle in the middle.
I think it shows a good resolve. It shows that we have that instinct that says, “uh uh, not today – we’re going to fight to the end.” Unfortunately, the two games were almost mirror images of each other – to give up two unanswered goals on two headers. To me, it makes my blood boil – not blood boil, that’s a bad expression. It makes me upset that because we work on those things and it’s not anything other than owning up to it. Owning it’s coming in and you’ve got to do better … it’s just got to be on the player at that point.
He was sharp. He’s been sharp all week and he was sharp last week. He was due. He was due. I wanted to get him in earlier, but I didn’t want to over-sub. Sometimes you just sub, sub, sub, sub. Sometimes you want to stagger the subs.
Forward Saer Sene, who scored the first goal
I had the first action, but I didn’t score. On the second one, Blake (Brettschneider) did well and I scored. After that they scored … and then we scored a goal at the end. We’re lucky we scored one in the end.
I think (Seattle) only had two chances to score today, and personally, I had two good chances to score. Normally we have to win this game today. If you start to play like in the second half, I think we score maybe four or five.
We let them score. The concentration on the two goals … we have to be careful for that in the next game. The good point is we kept going and we scored at the end. It is nice. We got one point.
Today we played with one striker, and I played on the right side. This is a position I feel good, on my left foot. This is not new for me. We do it well. If we start the game like in the second half, we will win this game. I have a lot of options, I can go inside on my left foot or play in my right back. We will see next game.
Forward Diego Fagundez, who scored the tying goal
Yeah it’s been a while actually … the first thing (Jay Heaps) said of course was, “You go in there, this is your night and let’s get the first goal of this year right now” … It was a good ball by Fernando (Cardenas). He does his little moves, beat the defender, crossed it, and Saer (Sène) went near post. He was trying to go for the header, got fouled and I just followed through behind him. It was there.
I don’t know where Fernando was going; it could have gone either way. But we scored so that’s all that matters right now … I don’t think it’s about battle, I think it’s about whoever gets the ball first. So usually when I’m looking for that spot I’m looking to get open instead of (trying to) hit the defender. So I’m open, at least.
When you’re losing the first thing you think is let’s go forward and let’s try scoring. So going into the 81st minute, I was thinking we need to score. I just gave it all I had.
Last year, I had a good goal against Seattle. This year I get another goal, so I guess this is a step forward right now. I’m going to keep working hard in practice and keep going forward.