Curtin vs. NYRB

QUOTE SHEET: Union vs. New York Red Bulls in US Open Cup

Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin

Opening remarks...

Obviously a devastating loss for the guys. I thought they put a ton into the game. Credit to the fans that showed up and really pushed us on.Couldn't be prouder of the group in terms of the effort that they put in. I thought we had a lot of young players really grow up tonight. Jack Elliott, Adam Najem. Marcus Epps came into the game. That's a real fast-paced game, a game that's played at a very high tempo.I thought for the second half and obviously the extra time when we had 13 shots, we showed a lot more fight, heart, grit, whatever your adjective is, balls, guts, we had more of it on the evening.Again, it's tough to come out on the wrong end. Penalty kicks, once it goes there, it's a bit of a crapshoot. Had them on the ropes in their building and just didn't quite finish them off.Again, happy with how we played. I think it's something to build on. If we're able to bring that intensity, I think the second half of the year we could have a very good team.

On the Union's scoring chances...

Meara is a great goalkeeper. He's been one of these guys, these young goalkeepers, they kind of have to wait for their shot. Their position is unique in that you need a break here, a red card, an injury, whatever it might be to get your chance. He's a guy I've always been high on, and in the past have tried to encourage him to come this way.He's a great goalkeeper. He played excellent. Again, give him a lot of credit. A couple big saves. Obviously in the PKs, he made a big one on Fafa.A good goalkeeper. When he gets his chance, he did a great job.

On how the Union responded...

They've worked their tails off, everybody. Roland Alberg put in an incredible shift in terms of work rate and effort. To a man, you could go through every guy. After the first half, they come out in almost a 3-6-1, a unique formation, took us a little while to get the feel for it. Once we did, I thought we were able to punish them, turn them over. Just disappointed we didn't get to finish off the chances. Character, can come back, this group has that. The Open Cup is a great competition. It needs to be said, these games are wild. Unfortunate not enough people come to watch them, different media outlets or come to the stadiums. Every time we've got together with Red Bull, is been a wild one.We came out on the wrong end this year, which is difficult. We have to pick ourselves up quickly and get ready for New England.

On CJ Sapong and Derrick Jones leaving the match...

CJ got a knock on his knee. Get checked out tomorrow. I think he's okay. He was tired at that time, cramping a little bit. He's a warrior. Put a ton into the game. I think he'll turn around and be ready to go against New England. Derrick landed awkwardly on the knee. He said it hurt, like a sharp shooting pain at first. As he walked longer on it, it started to dissipate and go away. At the end, he said he probably could have gone back in. I said, That's useless to tell me that now. Again, young players learning how to handle games, manage games. Again, I can't stress enough, we had a lot of young kids out there. Bedoya, Andre Blake, two of our best performers aren't here. The performance these young kids put all over the field, to be honest. I think a lot of them will take a lot of valuable lessons from this. Yes, losing is difficult, but you learn the most from tough situations. That was a fast-paced game. Again, we created enough certainly to win. For anybody that watched the game, they will know that. So I don't sound like the old complaining coach after the game. We should have won tonight.

On Andre Blake...

Andre first and foremost has a rib injury. X-rays were negative. He'll be fine. He'll be okay. Bothered him enough we held him. Will be available for the weekend. Fafa put in a great shift. His pressure, ability to run in behind, scares the defense. You could tell their whole back line was cramping up. Just one more ball to bounce our way, he could go at somebody one-on-one. We had a lot of opportunities where a couple times we shot when we should have passed and we passed when we should have shot. Again, I can't fault the guys for their effort, their ability to pin Red Bull in on their home field, take it to them for the better part of, what, 75 minutes, the whole second half, and extra time.

On his message to the team for the upcoming weekend...

We'll have to regroup, get fresh as quickly as we can. This is why our sports department earns the big bucks. They'll have to get guys turned around, ready to go. Lucky it's a Sunday game. That helps a great deal. We'll get prepared for Sunday. New England is a tough team, conference opponent. We'll be ready to go.

Philadelphia Union Goalkeeper John McCarthy

On his performance…

I thought I had an okay performance. You know, you give up a goal it’s never perfect, so there’s definitely a lot of good things I did I think, a lot of good things the team did tonight. It just sucks we came out on the wrong end of it.

On what he saw on the penalty kicks…

Them going by me (laughter). That kind of sucks you know. Got a hand on one of them, went the right way on three out of five. I think they were pretty good penalty shots right in the corner so hopefully next time I save one or two and it’s a different story.

On familiarity with the Red Bulls style of play…

There’s nothing I don’t think that we could have done different or the Red Bulls could have done different to surprise us in any way. What is this the third time we played in two months maybe? So, it’s a little bit of a rivalry as well and you just prepare as best as possible for that game and try to take advantage of it so, but the pressuring we knew it was coming and we just did what we could.

On chance to play with Andre Blake’s absence…

Any time I can step on the field and help my team in any way is something I look forward to and I try to take advantage of.

On how the young players performed…

A lot of young guys not even just tonight, throughout the whole season have stepped up big time for us and it’s great for Adam (Najem) to get some minutes and Jack’s (Elliot) been doing great all season so it’s good to see young guys stepping up when we them.

Philadelphia Union Midfielder Fafa Picault

On the penalty kick…

I missed. I shot it, he made a good save, hit the post, and thats it.

On the play of Red Bull’s goalkeeper Meara…

It was just unlucky, it didn’t go in. Some went over, some got blocked, some we just didn’t get a foot on, so it’s just unfortunate.

On takeaways from the match…

I felt good. I felt like the performance as a whole was good. I felt good individually. It’s just unlucky, penalties anything can happen. I saw Portugal earlier so it’s just unfortunate and obviously I wish that would’ve went in.

On losing despite dominating the overtime period...

Definitely, but again that’s just footballing, just get unlucky. Sometimes you pay for it, in this case it’s penalties so you can’t really do much about it.

On whether or not he had scored…

I did think it was going in, but he made a finger-tip save and I still thought it was going to go back in off of him, off the post and back in on him but he made a good save. Not much to do.

On takeaways to direct towards the weekend game against New England Revolution…

Just throw it behind me and get ready for Sunday and try to win, that’s it.


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