QUOTE SHEET: Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes

PHILADELPHIA UNION HEAD COACH JIM CURTIN

Overall thoughts on the game...

Obviously a very difficult way to drop two points. I feel for the guys and the fans. Our players put a ton into the game and they never quit. Obviously, had to make some changes across the back line with injuries and weren’t able to make a final play to kill off the game and with 30 seconds left we paid the price. Again, it’s hard on the road in this league, but for our guys to be so close and not finish off is a tough one.

On whether the draw feels like a loss...

Both teams needed three points to be honest, so a tie kind of doesn’t do much for either of us at this stage. We wanted to push the tempo and try to get three points. I thought we did enough to do so, and then got beat on the right hand side and Josh [Yaro] comes over and makes a challenge that is a PK – I’ve looked at it now – and it’s a tough one. It’s something that hopefully he can learn from but at the same time, we had opportunities to push and get the third goal and kill off the game, which is sometimes what you need to do on the road. We weren’t able to do that and San Jose pushed to the last seconds. Yeah, it’s very difficult to drop the two points.

On Jack Elliott's play...

Jack Elliott was excellent again tonight. He's been one of our best players this year. He is, for me again, the Rookie of the Year. He's been great, not just because he scored a goal, but he's been really good defensively, whether it's been on the right side, the left side of center back. He's been a real rock back there for us and has been a leader. For a young guy who was drafted 77th overall, he's really achieving some things right now. He's playing well in every game, and a guy that we really trust.

PHILADELPHIA UNION DEFENDER JACK ELLIOTT

On his goal and overall rookie campaign...

Yeah, it’s a good start for me and hopefully there’s many more for me. It felt good to get a first goal and get off the mark.

On the team’s defensive performance...

It was a tough game obviously. It was very open and up and down. We did well to fight until the last minute and unfortunately sometimes these things happen and they get a penalty and score. It’s disappointing, yes, but proud of the way we defended from after the fifth minute to a minute before the end of the game.

On the team’s second goal...

We’ve practiced that one in training before and I know just to flick on and there’ll be somebody there to finish it off, and that’s just what I did.

On whether the team can build on the effort...

Right now it feels like a loss. But to come to the West Coast and come out with a point, it’s obviously a good thing when you look at it in the grand scheme of things. We were really looking for three points, but going on the road again Wednesday and then we’re back at home, hopefully we can take a few more points this week.

PHILADELPHIA UNION DEFENDER RAYMON GADDIS

On the team’s mindset after yielding the late goal...

I think we just have to go back and watch the film. Obviously, we wanted three points from tonight’s game. A little disappointed, but we’ve got to stick together as a group and look forward toward Toronto and another road fixture, and get our minds ready for that and try to look at this game as a positive and go forward from there.

On being ready for the quick turn-around for the Toronto game...

You have to. I mean, it’s coming up Wednesday and you have to have the right mindset and be ready to go against a good side, arguably the best team in the league right now.


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