CHICAGO FIRE 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 1
CHICAGO FIRE HEAD COACH DAVE SARACHAN
On the victory:
"These were some valuable three points at this stage in the game. It wasn't the most artistic soccer but it was very important that we got the three points. A 2-0 lead, as they always say, could be dangerous and that was proved tonight. The Red Bull group does not quit. It was disappointing to give up that goal, frankly, and it was a dogfight the last 10 minutes. Overall the quality of our play was pretty good, but it could have been better."
On goalkeeper Matt Pickens' first start and his overall performance:
"Matt was very good tonight. I've said it all along, we have three very good goalkeepers in this organization. I don't think we missed a beat with Matt. He was very sharp ... not only with his saves but with his feet. He's doing very well at the moment. Good teams have depth; we have depth with our goalkeepers."
CHICAGO FIRE GOALKEEPER MATT PICKENS
On the game:
"I think it was good overall. We got the three points and that's all I really care about. We've been playing good as of late. I don't think it's because I'm playing or because Zach [Thornton] is playing. I think our focus is right. I don't think it's a change in the lineup. It's the focus we've had the last six or seven games we've been at home."
CHICAGO FIRE MIDFIELDER CHRIS ARMAS
On the win:
"The best thing is that we got three points, but sometimes we make our lives a little difficult. We'll look at this and learn from it because I don't think it should have been that difficult. Give New York credit -- they made a push. They tried for a second but we held out. Good win."
On playing two games a week:
"It's kind of tough physically, but it's nice to get into a groove with a lot of games. We've managed pretty well, playing, recovering, playing, recovering. And we've managed to get some points at home."
CHICAGO FIRE MIDFIELDER DIEGO GUTIERREZ
On his goal:
"I saw an opportunity where the defensive midfielder took a blind touch, played towards his own goal and I took the risk to run hard at him and it paid off. I think it caught both defenders in a wide position and I was able to finish it. It worked out for us."
On the Fire's seven-game undefeated streak in all competitions:
"It's an achievement. We're conscious of the fact that it's a good stretch, but we're far from the finish line. There's a lot of work to be done. This league, as we all know, is with one or two games everything can change. We are of the mentality that we have to come out every single week and perform for 90 minutes. Tonight showed that even though we had some breakdowns, other guys were able to bail other guys out. Matt [Pickens] stepped in and had a great game. Overall it was a good effort tonight."
NEW YORK RED BULLS HEAD COACH BRUCE ARENA
On the match:
"We were obviously burned on two mistakes. Amado [Guevara] giving away a goal in the first half, Seth Stammler in the second half and give the Fire credit, they jumped on those mistakes and converted them into goals. I think at times tonight we were a little sloppy with the ball but I thought we responded quite well in the second half and despite giving up that second goal, we had a pretty good second half and showed a lot of character. I think the referee might have been able to give us a penalty kick on a couple of plays but it didn't happen."
On the giveaways that led to the Fire's goals:
"I think we need to learn from these mistakes. We have a young team, some inexperienced players and some guys that need to be able to concentrate better over 90 minutes at this level. Overall, even though the results don't necessarily show it, I think we're making progress."
NEW YORK RED BULLS DEFENDER MARVELL WYNNE
On the Red Bulls' inability to finish:
"It's the same old song. We have a good run but we just can't finish off the ending or the final pass. We know we performed decently and we're just trying to put that over 90 minutes and we know we can become a great team."
On the lack of results on the road:
"It's tough. But you have to just learn to brush it off and have a short memory and things like this. You just have to realize that the next game is important and think about the past game, what we need to improve and hopefully use that knowledge to improve on our next game and try to get three points."
NEW YORK RED BULLS GOALKEEPER TONY MEOLA
On the team's effort:
"We played well enough to get a second goal and maybe Johnny [Wolyniec] goes down there in the box and gets a penalty kick out of it. But that's the way it's been going recently."
On the team's goal to get points on the road:
"Like I said, we wanted to at least win or tie a game on the road on this three-game road trip and now we have to go to New England. We have to approach everything like a playoff game."