QUOTE SHEET: Petke, McCarty, and Henry discuss RBNY's 2-0 loss to TFC

Petke, McCarty, and Henry discuss RBNY's 2-0 loss to TFC

Mike Petke

Did you feel the open net miss was the turning point of the game?

When you are at the top of the 6 yard box and puts it over, it's a very tough day but we had other opportunities of course. At the end of the day, it was a good second half.

How different from your perspective is Toronto FC from years past?

They have made strides for years now. What Ryan and his staff have done here is really good and I don't think they are where they could be. It takes time and they are going to get better.

What did you think of Chris Duvall's performance in the second half?

Chris played well in the second half, he really did, I am not going to talk too much on it and put more pressure on the kid. He came on and worked hard and put in some passes.

What did you feel was the difference in the second half from the first?

We showed a lot more urgency, we took better care of the ball and we put ourselves in better situations.

 

Dax McCarty

How would you characterize that game out there today?

Obviously, the first half we weren't good enough (everyone)., the pitch was a bit bobbly but that was no excuse for how bad on the ball we were. We had too many giveaways, too many loose passes and too many instances where we gave them the ball back too easily.

In the second half you created a lot more but was it frustrating that the finish wasn't there?

It seems like when we get our backs against the wall, we come out and play and play a little bit better. We don't understand why we come out and start so poorly and when you are on the road, the last thing you want to do is concede an early goal and give the home team confidence. Obviously, they did not do too much after the goal but it was more of a battle than anything. That's the kind of team Toronto FC is, they battle, the defend well, they are organized and get guys behind the ball to win it back.

 

Thierry Henry

What are your thoughts on the game?

Once again, we concede an early goal. We lost the ball and conceded a counter attack away from home. Jermaine Defoe took his finish very well but after that I felt we controlled the game. We had a lot of the ball but it just didn't go our way and again on the counter attack at the end. They defended well so fairplay to them and they have been playing very well at the moment.

Are you surprised at how inspired Jermaine Defoe came out after being left of the England squad?

Jermaine Defoe has been doing this since he was 14 years old and as long as he play he will do that.

What did you think of Bradley's miss?

It is part of the game. Bradley has scored many times since the beginning of the season and if he scored it could have changed the game but at the end of the day, Toronto FC won 2-0. No one on this team can blame Bradley for anything. He has been tremendous for us all season and I am sure he will score a lot more as the season goes on.

Is it a surprise to see Bradley Wright-Phillips with 9 goals?

No, not at all, he got that from his dad (Ian Wright) I guess. He is a good little scorer and sometimes it goes in the back of the net and sometimes it doesn't. He's been doing what he is doing for years and he didn't do it today but we need to bounce back vs. Portland.

Do you see a change in Toronto FC in regards to the calibre of the MLS?

They have Caldwell, Orr, DeRo, Defoe, Bradley and Julio Cesar, they all bring a lot of experience and quality. You can sense that the team has more confidence and like I said today, although they were under a lot of pressure but did not collapse and went on to score a goal at the end and win the game.