USL Postgame Reaction: Jared Stroud | 8/31/18

New York Red Bulls II Midfielder Jared Stroud

On growing as a scoring threat in addition to assists…

“Yeah, I think I went into this game looking for a goal. It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve gotten a goal; I got a couple assists. But, yeah, I was looking for a goal tonight and it came. It was a good ball by Jose, kind of just took a chance, and it’s a good win for the team, though. That’s the most important thing. We needed those points, Ottawa’s right behind us. It’s a big win for us, so we’ll keep looking forward and get back to the training ground to get ready for Indianapolis.”

On reasons why the usually potent attack misfired a few times…

“I think sometimes that’s just how the game is. Sometimes you have a lot of chances, you can’t put them away, kind of gets you frustrated, kind of gets in your mind. It’s more of a mental thing than anything. I think we just needed to be a little more decisive at the end there, so it’s a little bit frustrating at the end of us. Especially being up a man. There’s nothing to read into, for us – we’ve scored the most goals in the USL, so we just have to continue to push forward. We’re going to score goals. Tonight, a couple times, it didn’t flick. But, no problem.”

On finally getting over the hump against Ottawa…

“Yeah, I was looking at the past games, I don’t think we’ve beat them in the past two or three years, maybe. It’s been awhile, yeah. They play tough – they come here, they defend well. It’s tough to score on them, you saw that tonight. Their goalkeeper was doing well, and I think the red card helped us. It would have been nice to score the penalty, but they always give us a tough time. We’ve played them a couple of times, they beat us three to zero last time, so we were looking for a little bit of a bounce back this week. So it was good.”

On what he’s learned in his first year as a pro…

“I think something that I’ve been learning is that every game is different. Just have to approach every game, and as it goes on you have to learn. Not every game your going to have a lot of space – sometimes, like in Charleston last week, it was tougher. They have more at the back, and you have to read every game as they go. I think that’s been the biggest learning experience so far. I mean, in the beginning, I had a couple of nuances that John was helping me with. But at this, it’s adapting every game, bringing the Red Bull style to every game. Just being committed to it.”

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