New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch
Q. Jesse, of all the chances that you had approximate before the penalty came, what were you thinking before it was put into the net?
JESSE MARSCH: I was thinking it's a funny game sometimes. Right? How many sports does a team dominate like that and then be down. But I wanted to make sure that our team was still aggressive and had confidence and went after the game. They did that. They were able to get themselves back in, and a draw feels like a big disappointment because of the way we played and the way we dominated most of the match.
So, yeah, we're going to continue to take this as a positive and know that we're a good team and we're moving in the right direction and not have a setback in any way.
Q. I was wondering if you could talk about the formation a little bit, particularly along the back line. Fidel and Connor both kind of played pseudo midfield roles. Does that kind of negate their counter attack or add weapons to the offense?
JESSE MARSCH: Well, it's, when we're pressing and defending, it's the nature that there's not a lot of space in the midfield. Then they laid off so much, right, that those two wound up being the free players a lot. Those two thought they had to make the game, they certainly had to initiate how we attack with the ball.
They came in and sat so deep, I don't know that I've ever seen them sit that deep ever. So, clearly they have a level of respect for us, and then they had a game plan. We could have negated their game plan by getting the first goal and obviously adding to it. But, you know, they were able to bottle us up in the post. Doing a lot of things to almost create goals, but it doesn't come and we had to chase the game a little bit.
But it was also a fun game. They're a smart team, they're well-coached, they're organized. Then from our end, we have to make some adjustments and changes, and they're making adjustments and changes. So it's a competitive game, but it's also a smart game, so it's a fun one for everyone to be a part of, and I hope that everyone appreciates the level of what was going on the field.
Q. Hopefully, I have my time line right, but there was a play on Bradley where it looks like he got shoved a little bit, and shortly there after you conceded?
JESSE MARSCH: Yes. You can repeat that time line, if you want.
Q. What was your vantage point on the play? What did you think of that? And secondly, did you think that you guys let down a little bit after not getting that call?
JESSE MARSCH: The second part, no, no. I think they just made a play. The first part, so what happens with VAR so Bradley clearly gets contact, so it's going to be a free header where he's going to basically have the majority of the goal to hit the ball into. And it's not going over his head. It's going directly to him where he can score. He gets bumped before he hits the ball, and it alters the shot, which is a foul. It's a foul. So it doesn't get called.
Then what you get with VAR is if it's not clear and obvious, so it's a little bit of a 'tweener, if it were called a penalty, I don't think it would have been reversed. But because it wasn't called a penalty, it's not reversed either. So, that's the part that's still the decision of the referee. And it should be.
I still do think it should be in the referee's hands. Right? But that call was not going to get reversed, I don't think so either way depending on what the call was. Am I explaining myself clearly? People are shaking their heads.
Q. Jesse, shortly after that Bradley seems to catch a knee going down. I saw kind of your arms go up.
JESSE MARSCH: Yeah.
Q. So you had two penalties that you thought you should have had, and you didn't get either one of them.
JESSE MARSCH: Yes.
Q. How much does that take out of you? How much are the team --
JESSE MARSCH: No, I think we stayed after the game. Look, so I didn't get -- if you're saying Alex got his knee clipped, it wa