Philadelphia Union 3, Colorado Rapids 3 | Postgame Quotes

Coach: "I thought that the character the guys showed was great, to come back from 3-1"

Dillon Powers vs Philadelphia Union

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Colorado Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni
On overall impressions of tonight’s game
“Overall, I thought that the character the guys showed was great, to come back from 3-1 down in a difficult place to play, against a team that’s in a good run of form, it was great, that’s the overwhelming feeling I have for this game. Obviously we have a long way to go.  I think at times we are a bit naïve defending, we didn’t do a good enough job of defending, we made it difficult for ourselves when we had the ball and we lost possession in bad spots. But I think that those are growing pains that are going to happen with a young team and a young coach, we just have to keep working. But I think the ability and the mindset to overcome all those things and find your way into a result is tremendous for this team moving forward.”

On Deshorn Brown’s performance
“I think that Deshorn is one of the more dangerous forwards in the league. You’re going to have moments where things aren’t going your way. But the mindset to be able to make good on one opportunity and really make a difference in the game says a lot about who he is as a person, he doesn’t give up, he keeps working hard and that’s the mentality that I think all the guys who stepped on the field had.”

On defensive struggles
“It’s funny because I think that set pieces should be the easiest thing to defend because the ball is static when you’re defending it, so that’s a concentration issue but I think what we’re discovering is that we are our most dangerous opponents when we have the ball. When we have good possession and we’re pushing teams back we can’t be loose with our touches, everyone is going to be pulled out of position. So like I said it’s a bit naïve from us and it’s going to be a part of our development and we have to get better at it. But again the reaction to come back from the deficit speaks volumes.”

On Serna’s performance
“I think that he found the game in the first half and was able to create some chances. More importantly I think that the guys in the midfield did a good job of getting him the ball in Powers and Nicky (LaBrocca). The guys that came on the field should be attributed and did a tremendous job of making an impact and were definitely catalysts for the game today.”

On the debut of Alvarez
“I think he did a good job of coming in and finding the game. It’s tough to come into that kind of game where it’s heated and feisty. He found a way to get the ball and slow it down. He really made some good passes and was a threat going forward. So I think Carlos did a great job, I think Gaby (Torres) did a great job, and I think Marlon (Hairston) coming in up front and really getting forward also did a really nice job.”

On Torres coming in a getting the game-tying assist
“I think it’s a really tight group and we’ve had a ton of games so it’s about how to get the guys on the field to contribute and I think Gaby did a great job tonight. He was focused and unlocked their defense with a couple of good passes, I think it’s a good confidence builder for Gaby. So we’ll sit down and look at our options moving forward but I’m really happy for him to come in a contribute the way he did.”

Philadelphia Union Interim Team Manager Jim Curtin
Opening Statement
“I just want to start by saying, obviously when you’re up 3-1 at home, you should close out the game. You can talk about the ref, all the calls, and all we want, but at the end of the day we should still close that game out on our own terms. Things felt comfortable at 3-1. Maybe it’s a silly challenge by Mike (Lahoud). Maybe the ref, I guess the question I have is he pulls a red straight away.

If it’s a yellow, maybe it’s Mike’s second yellow, I can get that, but to give a straight red on a play where I don’t think Mike can do a lot about it, was an interesting one. But this is MLS, this is how things go week in and week out. The crazy endings, the red cards, the penalty kicks. It unfortunately seems to happen quite a bit and it seems to have happened here in a 3-3 game, which is unacceptable to give up three goals at home.”

On what happened with Amobi Okugo after the game
“The refs were obviously upset and people were commenting on different things to them, and it got relayed that Amobi might have said something that maybe wasn’t said. At the end of the day it’s not going to do any good to complain to those guys at the end of the game. Probably a waste of breath and now it’s going to cost us losing Amobi so not smart on his part at all. Again, not going to change anything at that stage so he’s just got to accept it and take it for what it’s worth.”

On giving up two late goals after the Open Cup win against New England
“Yeah, it was a step backwards. You’re up 3-1 at home and again, I think it seemed like a harmless ball floating to the back and then next thing you know there’s a red card and also on top of it a penalty kick. It’s a real scramble. You try to juggle some things on the fly and we should still be able to hold up ten minutes down a man. Bottom line. Ten minutes, up a goal, we should be able to keep them off the board.

The third goal, I think Sheanon (Williams) stepped to a ball he shouldn’t have stepped to, didn’t have to step to. Just keep things in front of you. That’s one of the things we talk about. He knows that. He knows. That was a tough play.”

On Deshorn Brown’s performance
“Like any good forward, you keep them quiet for 88 minutes and he just needs one chance and he buried it. We know what he’s about and he’s about speed and you give him chances, he’s going to bury one. He had a couple good looks tonight, but I think we did a good job on him. Him and Powers got some things going a little bit in the first half and in the end there they pulled off a little combination in front of the goal.

Credit to them, but on our home field you can’t give up three goals in this building. Last game against New England 2-0, I think that’s how a game should look like at home. It should be comfortable. You get up a two goal lead, you should finish the game. Again, we shoot ourselves in the foot.”

On giving up a goal quickly after scoring
“That was bad too. That’s the other thing I was mad at. They were most dangerous after we scored goals, on both of them. The second one too, we just scrambled and we make a bad tackle. Again, those are concentration things. It’s getting through the next five minutes after you score that first goal is critical. We did not do a good job of that. Not a good response to give up a goal thirty seconds right after. Unacceptable. We’ll talk about that too in training. Some things to fix quickly.”