NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2, CHICAGO FIRE 0
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION HEAD COACH STEVE NICOL
On the game:
"They were the better team for the first 20 minutes, and then I think we started getting in the game, from then on. I wouldn't say we were in control, but we certainly had the edge on them."
On being able to hold on to the lead:
"I think the discipline of the whole team is better, defending starts right up front. Taylor Twellman and Pat Noonan start it off and it just snowballs down from there. [Chicago] had some balls tonight, but defensively we didn't really give them an open chance."
On the Revolution's offensive prowess:
"At this moment in time we look dangerous going forward. We've got guys who are confident and enjoy playing, so when you have that combination and you are winning games, it's a great environment to play football."
On Clint Dempsey's play:
"I think Clint will be the first guy to thank the other guys, because without what they do, he can't make his runs forward and get himself in the box. But at the end of the day Clint has ability. The fellas go about making it easy for him, but he still has to finish it off and do all the things you see him doing. He's just enjoying playing."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION FORWARD PAT NOONAN
On the Revolution's play so far this season:
"We're putting the ball in the back of the net and we're getting leads, which is important. Whoever it is, as long as we're getting the ball in the net and getting that 1-0 lead. We get a little confidence and it opens the game up and then we get to do what we want to do, which is keep the ball on the ground, work through the middle of the field with those three guys who are very dangerous and then we're finding the width and services in the box. That's really helping us."
On his goal:
"It was a nice little run at him by Clint. He waited until the defender chose myself or him, and when he chose Clint, he laid up a good ball and I was able to cut it back. I didn't think I had an angle to get a good shot and then I was able to put it into the corner."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION GOALKEEPER MATT REIS
On the Revolution's play this season:
"We've been on a steady run. It hasn't been too high or too low. We just keep passing the ball and things will open up for us because, out of our midfield we are so dynamic. And we have Taylor and Noonan who are finishing chances. Whereas last year we would get the chances, but we'd tattoo the post or hit the goalie and now we're getting those same chances and we're burying them. It's making it easier on the team."
On his confidence after four shutouts:
"I haven't really faced many tough shots and that's really a testament to our team and the guys in the back. As you saw tonight, there were two chances where [Chicago] got in and they were covered up. Jay [Heaps] came across on one and someone else made a sliding tackle on [Andy] Herron right at the end there too. The balls aren't really getting back to me. And the ones that are aren't as difficult to handle. So for myself, I'm in a good rhythm and have a good feeling going into every game."
REVOLUTION MIDFIELDER CLINT DEMPSEY
On his state of mind after scoring five goals in five consecutive games:
"All of the goals that I am scoring are coming off of crosses. [Steve Ralston] got a good flick to it and I was able to get an end to it and put it in the back of the net. So I think the team is in the zone. Everything's going our way and we are just going to continue to ride this wave and see what happens."
On his feelings after scoring to give New England the 2-0 lead:
"I think the guys were excited, because we felt like we had the game in hand. Because a 1-0 lead, they can be right back in it if they score a goal. We felt like, in the second half, when we put the goal in, that we were going to be able to hold them off and that's what we did. We're just happy with the three points."
CHICAGO FIRE HEAD COACH DAVE SARACHAN
On the game:
"I thought there were stretches certainly in the first half where I thought we played very well. Possession with the ball, we dictated the game the first 30 minutes. But then they got a break and a chance and they stuck it. That is the kind of roll they are on right now. Going in at halftime 1-0, we felt we played a very good first half other than not creating a goal. The second half when they got their second goal it made it pretty hard on us to come out of that hole. They are on a good run right now. We have got to do a better job creating more scoring opportunities."
On the play of Clint Dempsey, Pat Noonan and Taylor Twellman:
"They like to catch you on the break. They seem to find a way to find enough space to get shots off and they are finishing their chances. We got good defenders, but we think we have to tight it up even more."
CHICAGO FIRE MIDFIELDER JESSE MARSCH
On the Revolution's play:
"Well I think that their three guys, Noonan, Dempsey and Twellman, are playing with a lot of confidence right now. When they are around the goal, they have a different demeanor than they do around the rest of the field. A lot of teams are having trouble dealing with them right now. We knew that coming in, but we just were not able to handle it as well as we thought. On the other end, we need to be a little bit more dangerous in our attack."
CHICAGO FIRE DEFENDER TONY SANNEH
On playing his first minutes in a Chicago uniform:
"The first 15 minutes were OK. It felt good to be playing again. It is a work in progress, but the fact that I am back and pretty healthy is a good thing. I just need to play my way into shape and developing a contributing role."
On the Revolution's play:
"We started out really well and they got the goal and that changed everything. They are really a counterattacking team. If they don't score first you kill them, because it's no problem to keep the ball from them. They drop so many guys behind it and that is hard. We got behind and their strategy became effective and we just did not get shots on goal and get the ball in the box."
CHICAGO FIRE DEFENDER JIM CURTIN
On why the Fire has struggled with the Revolution this season:
"Their three key guys that everyone talks about: Noonan, Dempsey and Twellman. They're just hot right now, everything seems to be going in for them. The goal Dempsey scored, I don't even know if he meant to do what he did, but everything seems to be going right for them. To their credit, on their home field they beat us pretty good tonight."