CHICAGO FIRE 0, COLUMBUS CREW 0
CHICAGO FIRE HEAD COACH DENIS HAMLETT
On the game:
"We played a game where the two teams were competitive. We had some good looks and so did they, but we didn't finish our chances. One positive thing is that we got a shutout which we haven't had in a while."
On sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference standings:
"We don't worry about first place -- we go out trying to win the game and sometimes that happens, sometimes it doesn't. There were positives in the game -- in the end of the game, we had five or six attacking guys on the field. We need to build on those positives, like getting a shutout at home, and keep moving forward. We have a busy schedule coming up with SuperLiga semifinals and then playing at home versus San Jose, so we have to make sure we keep adding up points and moving forward."
On the lack of finishing:
"We ended up running with the ball too long and not making an early pass. We couldn't get the final pass because we held on to the ball too long."
CHICAGO FIRE GOALKEEPER JON BUSCH
On the Fire's chances:
"I think we had some very dangerous chances, especially in the first half. I have to credit William [Hesmer], he made a lot of good saves in the first half to keep them in it."
On the game:
"I think we had some quality chances -- but at the same time, they're a good team, they're the defending champions. Both teams went in to win tonight, and that made for an exciting game."
CHICAGO FIRE FORWARD BRIAN McBRIDE
On the team's performance:
"There are always things we can do better -- we need to put the ball in the back of the net, but the guys really worked for each other in the game, and Busch made some good saves."
COLUMBUS CREW HEAD COACH ROBERT WARZYCHA
On earning a road point:
"A point away from home is always good -- obviously hitting the post at the end of the second half that is difficult but Chicago had some good chances so I think a point away from home tonight was good for us."
On what his team did well:
"We possessed the ball pretty well tonight, especially at the beginning of the second half we defended well and tactically we played well. We wanted them to just dump the ball in front where we had [Andy] Iro and [Eric] Brunner because we thought we would win in the air and we did."
COLUMBUS CREW MIDFIELDER DANNY O'ROURKE
On the Crew defense:
"I think it starts with Will [Hesmer] who made some crucial saves -- we talked well back there and we have two big guys back there that won a lot of balls. I think in the second half we defended better than the first -- but to hold a team like Chicago to zero on the road is great for us."
On the offense:
"In the first half I think we came out a little bit timid and weren't winning knockdowns or being that aggressive -- but I think we came out in the first 20 minutes of the second half, set the standard and the pace of the game really picked up. There were chances for both sides and either team could have finished but we ended this one in a tie."
COLUMBUS CREW GOALKEEPER WILLIAM HESMER
On his backline:
"I think we're still learning as a back four with [Eric] Brunner and [Andy] Iro in there but these guys have tremendous ability with futures ahead of them in this game. With Gino [Padula] and Frankie [Hejduk] they have two of the best outside backs to learn from and listen to. We gave them more looks than we would have liked but these guys do a good job of making this job easy on me."