SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2004 - D.C. UNITED 3, COLUMBUS CREW 1
D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH PETER NOWAK:
On the game:
"A soccer game is two halves, each are important. We came out tonight and performed. It was great to look up at half time to see that we were ahead by three. I believe that every game we dominate, but tonight we had excellent ball movement. This game is gives us a lot of confidence for the future."
On his thoughts at the half:
"Tonight for the first time we walked into the locker room at halftime and said that we should do the same thing for the second half."
On the play of Troy Perkins: "Troy made some tremendous saves tonight."
D.C. UNITED GOALKEEPER TROY PERKINS:
On the Crew goal:
"We fell asleep in the last minute. It's a little unfortunate, because as a team, we deserved a shutout."
On the difference in this game:
"Overall it's the team's mentality, you get sick and tired of being pushed around and tired of losing, especially at home. We owe these (fans) some wins at home and we came out and did it tonight."
D.C. UNITED MIDFIELDER BRIAN CARROLL:
On the team's performance tonight:
"You know I thought we started off well, getting a good goal, fighting a getting physical early. We settled in and had some good play and Alecko had a great performance. Everybody on the team worked really hard and communicated really well."
D.C. UNITED FORWARD ALECKO ESKANDARIAN:
On his two-goal performance:
"We hadn't scored much in our previous games. Before the game in the tunnel, I was thinking 'Why don't we go out and score four, five goals on these guys.' I finished my chances and it was a great overall night."
COLUMBUS CREW HEAD COACH GREG ANDRULIS:
On his midfield:
"Our midfield was fine. If our finishing was a little bit better, we would have been in good shape."
On what the difference was:
"The difference is that they scored three goals at home in the first half and when you get behind like that you are going to have a hard time getting a good result."
What he told his players during the half:
"Forty-five minutes to go, and win the second half, tighten things up a little bit, we wanted to get the ball forward quicker."
COLUMBUS CREW MIDFIELDER MANNY LAGOS:
On the defeat:
"We are just disappointed, especially because of how we started tonight."
On giving away three goals in the first half:
"I wasn't surprised, anything can happen in soccer."
COLUMBUS CREW GOALKEEPER JON BUSCH:
On the defeat:
"We were about 45 minutes late to the party."
On how D.C.'s quick first goal changed his team's original plan:
"We knew that they were going to come out strong like that; they always do, no surprise. We've just got to handle it better, but we didn't."
On the goals:
"They were all quality goals."