POSTGAME REACTION: Jesse Marsch | 6/16/18

On the second half…

Yeah, we had a few chances at the beginning of the second half and if we get the lead off of those chances, it's a completely different game. Blake comes up big on some of those, he comes up big on the chance by Kaku. Our guys really went after it and we were operating on fumes. We were playing with half a deck. The way that U.S. Soccer allowed this fixture to take place is not in the spirit of the tournament. That's all I can say. It's clearly an advantage for one team over another. I'm not going to make excuses. Philadelphia got the win. They are moving on and we wish them luck. But I hope in the future, between MLS and U.S. Soccer that we can find a way to create more fixture dates where everybody is playing on the same day, where the international dates are honored and the cup dates are clear because our league operates where it's here, there and everywhere and there are some advantages and some teams have played three more than we have and in every way, it just winds up being a weird setup. Those are other issues I guess. Watching our team go after it at the end. I told the guys, watching Kemar and Tyler run back, run forward where they have played three games in a week and they have poured their hearts out for five games in fifteen days and have done everything they can to put the team in a position to succeed, the effort was amazing. It's disappointing to not be in the tournament anymore but I'm not going to take any negatives.

On crafting tonight’s lineup…

Yeah, that was the challenge. The last thing we wanted was injuries. We honor this tournament by the way we treat it but given the workloads for all of the different guys, and we still managed to take guys out of games and still pushed to get results, we felt the biggest way to derail our season was to pick up injuries to our key guys. The rotation we felt was going to be necessary and then we felt how do we do it in a way where it protects everybody but gives us a good chance to win the game. You're looking at personnel, formation gameplan, approach, a lot of hot games so the best news is we don't have injuries. Bezecourt picked up one but that's not a muscle injury. So the fact that we got through this in a healthy manner means that we'll still give ourselves a chance to push on with the season.

On Hassan Ndam’s play…

Yeah, I think he did well. We are continuing to build development in with different players and give guys opportunities and they are rising to the challenge and that's really good to see. If we get the goal, like the chance at the start of the second half, we would've made the subs and even if we kept it 1-0 right when we put Danny and Brad on, we gave one up, then I think we would've given ourselves a good chance so we were close to having the strategy working but we weren't close enough.

On if the Medunjanin goal was the beginning of the end…

No. The second goal meant we were really going to have to chase them. I think if we kept it 1-0, we would've been able to put Danny and Brad in and keep them on their heels.

On the team’s upcoming break…

Sometimes you say the break is mental. This break is physical. This team needs some time to recover and regenerate. The mental part is a piece of it too but this team physically needs some rest.

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