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RSL 2 - New England 1 Post match press conference and locker room comments

It was anything but a boring night at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night, as Real Salt Lake picked up a hard fought 2-1 win over the New England Revolution. After the match RSL head coach Jason Kreis took questions from the media:

Here are some of the sound bytes from Jason's comments(thanks to the RSL Communication team):


On tonight's match:

"Great crowd tonight. I hoped they enjoyed the show the boys put on for them. At the end of the night we got the points we wanted, so pleased for that"

On tonight's red cards:

"Well the first red card we were a goal up fortunately, so it just puts us into a spot where we have to defend, and defend hard. We worked extremely hard, and tried to be sound whenever we had the ball, and hold it as best as we could. Then when it goes level [2nd red card] you could see the gears changing a little bit for the players."

On Alvaro Saboro and the offensive squad:

"One thing that's stayed consistent is that he works hard, and that's what I ask. I keep saying it doesn't always matter to me that the forwards score goals; I don't think they have to in order to be a successful team. I think we have 11 players out there...10...hopefully Rimando won't be scoring any goals soon, but 10 other guys that contribute on the offensive statute."

more comments from Jason and others after the jump:


On New England's goal:

"I thought we were the team that had the ball probably 80% of the time, and then it goes in the counter attack. Tony Beltran's is in a very advanced position, as we want him to be, when we have the ball. Tony recovered, and I do know he and Olave were both close enough to make a play, but they let him cut inside. We've talked about it. It's simple for me, when we get two defenders on one attacker we need to do our best."

On tonight's goalkeepers:

"I think they're both special players in the match tonight. For me, Nick got us the 3 points. Without him in goal, we probably would have walked away with one. At the same time I would say that Matt Reis kept them in the game as well, so two fantastic players on display tonight that played to the top of their potential."

On the 3-set of games approaching this week:

"I am considering some rotation. I do think that playing three games is very difficult on the players. We did it last week and I think we did pretty well. Towards the end of that third match, we had some guys that were really dying, but we also have some other players that have contributed and need the opportunity. I want us to continue to be aggressive, and continue to take our chances. If they go in fantastic, and if they don't, hopefully that'll build us some sort of momentum that will play dividends as the match goes on."

On tonight's match:
"We knew what we had to do - just sit in, stay disciplined, and counter. We were close to getting that decider at ease. We just stayed in there. Nick made some great saves, and we were able to pull it off. It was a crazy game. We were able to do that more than they were and we were able to get in an extra goal."
On this week's upcoming matches:
"It doesn't really let up on us this year, a lot of Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday games, so we just need to take care of our bodies, get in the cold tub and focus on the next ones."

On tonight's match:
"Three points and another tough game. When we scored the second goal, we were playing good, but then another red card, and it changed the game. It shows we have wait and try to score one more goal to save the game, but it's hard to play like that. If we don't play aggressively, it's going to be difficult for us to get the three points."

On tonight's match:

"We knew coming into this match that these guys were going to be feisty, and that their backs were against the wall. We've always got a pinch-in for red cards whenever we play these guys."

On fellow teammate Nick Rimando:

"Nick Rimando, keeps doing it every single year, and I just can't understand why he isn't the goal keeper of the year every year. Tonight he was fantastic. I think he deserves Man of the Match, no questions asked. He kept us in the game. We don't get three points without him."

On tonight's match:
"I thought we came in with the right attitude, we did a lot of the right things, but unfortunately we just gave up another game, a game where we did have it. We fought well, but we just need to be a bit better at finishing games and not giving up goals.
On Real Salt Lake's performance:

"We had a couple chances, we sensed that we could at least get an equalizer, but we give credit where credit is due. Rimando had a nice game, he had some good saves, kept their guys where they are. They are a veteran team and they have that cohesiveness when the going gets tough. They know that they can lean on each other."

On moving on from the loss:
"It's important that we get the right rest and the right mental acts to get back into it."


On his first goal of the season:

"We felt confident going forward, but this is a tough place to play, and with altitude and the environment, to be able to come in and get a first goal was great. It felt good to get the weight off my shoulders. It felt great, but it wasn't enough for the night. It was a good boost for us, but just wasn't enough. Back to work"

On tonight's results:

"We got people with tired legs, I thought we did a really good job down to the end, but Rimando did a real good job with those saves. My hat is off to him."


On playing against RSL's midfield:

"We feel that Salt Lake's pride and joy is in the midfield, that's where they like to play. They stay tight both offensively and defensively, so we try to clog up the middle and change their game plan a little bit."

On New England moving on:

"We've had a tough schedule so far. A lot of traveling, and been on the road a lot, so it's going to be very good to get back home and have fresh legs. We feel like we are playing great soccer, just a little unfortunate with our results. Some of the goals given up have been a little soft and we will work on that and get better to be able to become a tough team."

There you go a lot of great comments from both locker rooms after a wild night on the pitch.