PRESS CONFERENCE: Jesse Marsch | 09/02/17

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch
 
On tonight's game...
 
You come down here against a desperate team, in the heat, and we weren't ready for the challenge from the start. We managed to hang around in the beginning stages of the game. Then we get the red card. Then the lead at half. The things that we talked about at half were: not losing bad balls, not letting them catch us on the counter, not giving up set pieces and not giving up a penalty. We basically went out in the second half and did all those things. In the end, did we get two leads, up a man and give two points away? I think we're pretty lucky to get a point. At this point, we've got to take it, learn from this, and move forward in the right way.
 
Takeaways from this game...
 
The urgency and understanding of what games are like in this league, especially late in the season. Especially late in the season, you can't ever allow yourself to step on the field for two seconds, two minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, and play like it's just going to be another game. Every team right now is fighting, fighting for every inch, fighting for every last play. If you don't meet that standard, then you set yourself up for failure. We did that too much tonight and we're going to figure out a way to correct that to make sure that's not who we are anymore.
 
On the FC Dallas counterattack...
 
We knew that they're lethal on the counterattack to begin with. Oscar [Pareja] did a good job of arranging his team in the second half with [Michael] Barrios up there against ours guys, and to have [Maxi] Urruti join in the middle. It was problematic. If we lost bad balls, and weren't able to keep track of them, which we were not able to do. It was a good switch from [Oscar Pareja]. We didn't deal well enough with it. We tried to make a bunch of little switches in the game to try to help, but we just couldn't prevent ourselves from giving away bad balls.