ON THE RECORD: Jesse Marsch | 06/07/18

On seeing appearances from different players…

“We were very happy for our guys to show and to have good performances. So many of them work so hard on a daily basis to get opportunities and you always want to see them do well. We try as a staff to provide them will confidence that they can go on the field and do the job. And then when you see them do the job it’s very rewarding for everyone here, not just for that particular player, but for everyone that’s put the work in to help that player get to where he’s at. Specifically Hassan and Ethan, but also Vincent Bezecourt. I think he had a very good game and was one of our better players on the day and to see him score a big goal and then just have such a great performance overall was really really great, so we’re happy.”

On beating a rival…

“Obviously the games against New York City always carry extra weight. Those days don’t take much motivation from the coach. It’s just about kind of channeling their energy the right way and then let them go and do their thing, so that was good.”

On facing Mike Grella…

“I’m so happy that Mike’s playing. He went through so much last year and I know he was concerned about the injury, we were concerned. We had confidence that he’d be back, but no one really knew. When I saw him get back and score the goal I sent him a text that day and am really happy for him. We miss him here. What a great guy, what a great family. On the day it always brings something special. I know it’ll be exciting for him and it’ll be exciting for us. It’ll be nice to see Mike and say hi and hopefully see his family and then also to compete against him, so it’ll be good.”

On Mike’s talent…

“Mike’s always been a highly talented player. So when he came to us it was just about I think giving him the opportunity and then right away he ceased it and you could see he was going to fit in here with the mentality and then way we play and everything. He had some great games. And even when you talk about New York City, he had some great games against those guys. Let’s hope he doesn’t have one against us on Saturday.”

On Royer’s back flip…

“I told him right away he’s fined. There’s no back flips, I’ve told him that before and he knows that. There’s no back flips. It’s a fine wheel. No back flips. But happy for Dani to get a couple goals. Happy that Dani got on the board with two goals and he’s been playing great the past month and a half.”

On the Red Bulls style…

“I think the brainwash comment is probably going to come back to hurt me at some point. Someone’s going to make a comment about how ridiculous I am. But it’s just true. It’s true in the sense that when you’re here you have to be all in and how we think and how we play. What is it? Well it’s adhering to the tactical principles, adhering to the concepts and philosophy of what we do and challenging each player to the kind of mentality that it’s not just about passing the soccer ball and possessing the soccer ball. That is inherently around the world. That’s not just in our country, inherently around the world that is a foreign concept because the most recent team that I think has awed everyone is Barcelona. They had an incredible collection of players that were able to manipulate the game through how they can possess the ball and technically what they were able to achieve and then how it fit into their tactics. If you really wanted to go into depth into what made them become the juggernaut that they were, it was actually their addition of playing against the ball and counterpressing and going after the other team without the ball. Now I think the game is evolving such where that is pressing and counterpressing is becoming part of the norm. Frankly, I think Red Bull is at the forefront of that with our philosophies and our concepts and our tactics. Now that’s my personal opinion, other people may think differently, but I think you’ve seen a success rate, be it here, or be it in Europe for the way that we think the game is supposed to be played. We’re going to keep trying to push the envelope at getting better and better at what we do.”

On what to expect from Columbus…

“I expect them to play long. They played New England and they played long, they played Kansas City and they played long, so I expect them to play long. We’ll be prepared for that, but we’ll also be prepared for any other nuances that they might throw at us. And we’ll have some things for them, so it’s always fun when you play against a team that challenges what you do and then it’s always fun when you know that the things that they do challenge what you do. That’s often the case with New York City, can be the case with Atlanta, and I think it’s the case with Columbus. It’ll be a hot day, it’ll be a quick turnaround, but we’re going to go after the game and we’re excited for the challenge.”

On the league adapting to the Red Bulls style…

“I think there has been a shift in the league to more pressing and more counterpressing. I believe that a big portion of that is partly the game is moving that way, but also partly that Red Bull has been successful in doing that. I think we take some pride in that, but if teams want to become more like that then we have to make sure that we are always going to be better at what we do than what the other team is trying to achieve. That’s always the goal and I guess that’s no matter what the style of play is.”

On focus…

“It’s always about the work. It’s a big game yesterday, but they showed up and put the work in like they do any day and they know that last night is last night and now the focus is on Columbus and moving forward. That’s kind of the mentality that has been created around here. We know that even when you look at the table and the matchup that this is an important game for both teams. We’ll regenerate, we’ll figure out what team we want to put on the field and we’ll create a game plan that lets us go after the game in a big way.”

On Luis Robles…

“Luis is starting on Saturday. We’re excited for that, it’s good to have him back. He looks really good, so it will be good to have him back.”

On Gyasi Zardes…

They have had good strikers there always. They’ve gotten a lot out of their strikers whether it was Kamara, or Kamara, or now Zardis, there’s a system there that rewards the type of strikers that are good in the box, good finishers, and clever with their movement. I think that’s been a hallmark of this Columbus Crew team and for sure we’ll have to address that and make sure that we understand what his nuances are.”

On having some players missing…

“We’ll have five guys missing. We put a team on the field to go after the Open Cup, but also did it thinking about the turn around and then another turn around on Wednesday, so we have an idea, but we still have to evaluate tomorrow and see how guys are doing and then kind of piece together what it will look like and then make sure we educate them on what the approach will be.”

On facing Philly in the next round of the Open Cup…

“This Open Cup format for me is not great because you wind up playing the same teams every year and they are usually teams that you play a lot anyway, so now we get New York City four times, Philly we only played twice this year because we played D.C. too, but still I think we’ve played Philly in the Open Cup every year. This will be the fourth time in four years. I heard we have to go on the road.”