SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2004 - D.C UNITED 1, LOS ANGELES GALAXY 1
COLUMBUS CREW HEAD COACH GREG ANDRULIS
On the team's performance:
"The first half we didn't show up to play, and that's unacceptable, the second half the guys decided to be good pros, and try to get the job done. But it was the end of the night, and it was too little too late. We were too soft the first 30 minutes of the game. We weren't defending high enough, we were allowing them basically to put balls wherever they wanted to, and it took the goal against to wake us up. To New England's credit, they could have been up two or three in the first half, and to our guys' credit, they mustered a little energy and got the goal. And we had some chances in the first 15 minutes of the second half, and other than that it was a pretty lackluster affair. If I had seven subs, I think we would have made them in the first half."
On Kyle Martino's goal:
"It was a great flash of brilliance, and good for him. He needs to step up in situations like this. It's the burden carried with wearing No. 10. Even though he doesn't have No. 10, but playing that position, we need more of it, and tonight, good for him. I thought he was dangerous in some other situations as well. Some guys had chances that they could have finished from him but didn't and at the end of the night it's a bad tie."
On where Manny Lagos was playing after subbing in for Jeff Cunningham:
"Certainly as a forward. And the first ball served from Chris Wingert, you know, has a good chance at goal. And they had the middle so bogged down and we were trying to attack from wide spaces and it wasn't a matter of putting in any of our short forwards but to try to get a good target in there. Manny's been training incredibly hard, and last week played up front against Dallas. He's done it through his career, and we thought we might get a chance or two and to have somebody with that kind of experience to score goals in this league, it was important. And he had his chance it just didn't go."
On subbing Michael Ritch for Edson Buddle:
"Edson was out of gas. We needed some fresh legs."
On the game's start:
"The way we started was not acceptable, and to the guys credit we were able to come out in the second half and at least play with a little bit of passion."
COLUMBUS CREW MIDFIELDER KYLE MARTINO:
"I thought we came out a little flat tonight. It wasn't one of our better performances. The positive out of it was that we were able to battle back and get a point."
On his goal:
"It was a good ball by Jeff, and I took a good run off of him. The defender wasn't able to go into a tackle in the box and I was able to slot it far post."
COLUMBUS CREW MIDFIELDER ROSS PAULE:
"We were out of shape in the first half. They came out in a 4-5-1 threw us off a little bit. We were out of position and and giving too many balls away. We made adjustments in the second half and came out with more of an attitude. More of an attacking attitude and we had our opportunities to get the win."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION HEAD COACH STEVE NICOL:
On the game:
"I guess a point a point away from home is always a good result. But, when you make probably four clear chances as we've had to tonight, you have to be disappointed not to take the points. In the second half, obviously, they put us under pressure, we really have had a lot of games and we've done a lot of traveling. The second half for us was about being tough and strong and making sure they didn't break us down."
On his team's lack of finishing in the first half:
"To go in 1-1 is criminal. Absolutely criminal. I don't think anybody could have complained had we been three ahead."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION MIDFIELDER CLINT DEMPSEY:
On his goal:
"It was a good ball. I think it was Richie (Baker) who put it in. I just took it down and tried to make sure I put it on frame. Because, earlier, Joe Franchino put a great ball in and I let it get too far ahead of me so I was just trying to make sure I took advantage of the opportunity. Lucky enough, (Jon) Busch stayed in his goal and I just put it on frame and it went in. That was the only place I could have hit it with at the time, my left foot. I just wanted to volley and put it in."
On the Revs' apparent fatigue in the second half:
"I think a little bit had to do with the number of games we've had in a short amount of time. I think we started to take it slow a little bit. Definitely we started to fade a little bit, started to get tired. But we just have to learn from our mistakes and at least we got a point on the road and right now that's good for us."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION DEFENDER JOEY FRANCHINO:
"We had a game Wednesday. I don't know if we were tired. We created some good opportunities and I thought we should have come out of here with a win. It's unfortunate that they scored at the end of the half. We've got to know the time on the clock. Other than that, I thought we had chances. I thought we should have finished more than one chance."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION DEFENDER JAY HEAPS:
On the draw:
"We were all over them in the first half. We killed them. We should have put more than one goal away but we didn't. Once they scored on us it kind of deflated us a little bit. But I think the second half was a gutsy performance by us in that we played hard. We worked for that. We should have won it in the first half, but we didn't and we earned that tie in the second half."
On the Revs' three-game unbeaten streak:
"It would have been nice to get three points here. But we have an Open Cup game on Tuesday and then the trip to San Jose so if we can stay unbeaten through the rest of that time it will be some great momentum for us."