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Quotes from RBNY Invasion: Nowak, Salinas, Seitz, Backe

Posted on 25 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Hans Backe, New York manager

Q: [On topic of approach for U.S. Open match against Philadelphia on Tuesday]

A: I have to change my mind.  I told a couple of you journalists before that I’ve always had priority for the [Open] Cup wherever I’ve been: I’ve been in 6 Cup finals, losing 5.  But, with this schedule now and with the Juventus game coming up [on May 23], if you win in the Cup, you end up playing 9 games from now until June 5 and I don’t think this squad is available to cope with that.  So, we will play mostly the players who haven’t been involved in the first 5 games.

Q: [Asking on reactions the fact that, despite the Red Bulls’ early success this season, a close-in-proximity Philadelphia Union team in town, and ideal weather, that only 15,619 were in attendance]

A: Well, I was told earlier in the week that Philadelphia was sending 5,000 fans, but there were only a couple of hundred [actual number between 750-1000].  But, we’ve been playing entertaining games.  Last week [against FC Dallas] was a game that, even though it ended 2-1 , could have been 4-4 or something like that, it was an entertaining game.  It’s a stadium that should sell itself, that’s something I’ve said before.  Knowing this area, there are a lot of South Americans, Europeans, people who love soccer.  It should be, if not sold out, around 18-20 thousand, but I have no answer for why [it has been down].

Shea Salinas

Q: [On being called on to defend, not a usual position for him]

A: It was definitely different, but I had fun back there.  I felt like I did some things that you could tell I was new to the position, but it was fun back there.

Q: When did you find out you were in the starting lineup?

A: At the team pre-game meal, so not that long before the game.  But, I was super excited to get back in the lineup and start playing.

Q: And when you found out you were playing on defense [at Left Back], what was your reaction to that?

A: I was excited, I was just excited to be on the field.  The coaching staff gave me a chance out there and I was excited to be on the field, I don’t care where I was.

Q: Having played in a few places, like San Jose obviously, that had stadium problems, and I’m sure you played at Giants Stadium, what was it like to come into a place like this?

A: The stadium was great.  I thought our fans were incredible: the Sons of Ben were out there and they were loud the whole time.  The stadium was awesome and I really appreciated our fans.

Q: What did Piotr [Nowak] say to you after the game?

A: He just came over, shook my hand and said “Well done.”  He told all of us to keep our heads up; we’ve got to come back here Tuesday and play them again, so it’s a quick turnaround.

Q: Has the team discussed anything in terms of the roster for the Open match on Tuesday?

A: To be honest, I have no idea.  The coaching staff is in control, and they usually make good decisions.

Chris Seitz

Q: What it’s going to take?  It’s been, three things now? Four things now [unlucky breaks that have changed the game]?  Coach Nowak actually said that the team should get together and pray so that something else doesn’t happen.

A: Well, I think we’re putting good results together, we talked about it and I think in some ways we’ve almost got to get lucky on our end, you know?  I think we created a great goal in response to their first one and got unlucky on the second.  Obviously Mike [Orozco] isn’t going for it with his hand, he’s going for it with his head, but that stuff happens.  We didn’t react very well to that goal, but it’s going to go both ways.  We’ve just got to keep training hard.  We come back here on Tuesday for another game, it’s another challenge for us, and I think we’ll be ready for it.

Q: What did you think of Shea [Salinas] playing at the back?

A: He was good.  I think that was one of the first time he’s played there on the left, he’s played on the right, but it was good for him.  We wanted to match speed with speed out there [against Red Bulls attacking midfielder Dane Richards], and I think it worked well for us.  We were able to contain [Richards} pretty well.  [Shea] is a good player, and I think he can adapt to any position on the field, and that’s what good players do.

Q: Has Coach Nowak told you how you’ll be approaching Tuesday’s game?

A: We have no idea.  I think we’re going to get back on the bus, get home tonight, get a nice review on Monday then come back up on Tuesday ready to go.

Q: Lastly, what did you think of the fan support?

A: Oh, it was great.  Any time you see the Sons of Ben and Union fans in general, it’s special.  They made the trek up here, and we really appreciate it.  We hope that they continue to support us and we’re going to keep playing for them because they deserve the best.

Piotr Nowak

Q: This is your 2nd consecutive loss.  What do you have to do to get a win or a tie?

A: Both losses were close losses.  We understand, and I’ve told the team that we need to collect points.  But we’ve made some mistakes and paid for them.  That’s been the case in each game we’ve played so far, whether it be red cards or penalties.  They call it beginner’s luck, but that’s just not the case for our team right now.  The big thing is to finish our chances.  If you don’t convert your chances, you struggle.

Q: [On Orozco’s handball and whether or not it was unintentional and incidental to the degree that it should not have been penalized]

A: Well, we can’t complain, but I need to look at it.  It’s difficult to say right now [whether or not it should have been penalized].  I would say right now that it was a mistake.  Whether it was a shadow, or the light, or the ball was moving, it’s a goal we conceded, and those are the types of goals that we need to prevent.

Q: Why did you take [Roger] Torres out [at halftime]?

A: I thought he was struggling with the pressure and trying to find his rhythm from left to right and trying to find the passing channels.

Q: So, he wasn’t injured?

A: No, he was not injured.

Q: When do you think we’ll see [Torres] play a full 90 minutes?

A: I think [all the players] are capable of playing a full 90 minutes.  I think the mental and physical preparation for this game was pretty good, so I don’t think playing a full game should be a problem.

Q: [Asking what the starting 11 will look like for the U.S. Open with the 1st game coming up so quickly]

A: Do they give a trophy for [the winner of the Open Cup]?  Then we’ll play our best.

Q: What do you tell your team after a loss like this?

A: The most important thing is that we don’t get down.  I believe, and we believe as a group, that our play has been pretty solid.  [I told them to] forget about today.  Finish your chances, make sure you play for 90 minutes  and win the game.  The message for today is pretty simple: we can’t keep making these mistakes.  Probably the best thing to do right now is to go to church.

Q: Shea [Salinas] on defense: what were the thoughts behind that, do you know if he’s ever played there before and how do you think he responded?

A: I thought he did a great job.  With [Red Bulls attacking midfielder Dane] Richards, we knew that speed was going to be a factor in this game and that’s something we tried to avoid.  For his first game as a wide defender/midfielder

TIDBITS:

  • Chris Albright (Philly native) likely to play for New York in Tuesday’s game
  • Piotr Nowak refers to Jack McInerney as “MC”
  • According to Jonathan Tannenwald after a conversation with SoB Brad Youtz, RBNY fans cracked several windows on the Philadelphia Union fan bus before pulling out of Red Bull Arena. You can get that scoop here. Let’s hope this is dealt with swiftly…

6 Comments For This Post

  1. Wreckhouse Radio Says:

    I can tell you why attendance could be down…parking. It was horrendous. Sure it's near the path station, but for those of us who drove up from Philly, and people I know from North NJ who drove in, it was a less than pleasing experience.

  2. bbonnette Says:

    Couldn't agree more. We drove as well and it was atrocious. There's a lot of construction yet to be done up there but if any of it is supposed to be new parking lots. I would drop all else and make sure that gets done immediately.

  3. Wreckhouse Radio Says:

    Apparently those empty dirt lots are going to be restaurants and stores, as if more are needed. But it looked like a brand new parking garage right there that wasn't in use. Also liked how they had all the streets blocked off so you couldn't park on them. I mean, who would have wanted to park for free anyway ?

  4. Wreckhouse Radio Says:

    I can tell you why attendance could be down…parking. It was horrendous. Sure it's near the path station, but for those of us who drove up from Philly, and people I know from North NJ who drove in, it was a less than pleasing experience.

  5. bbonnette Says:

    Couldn't agree more. We drove as well and it was atrocious. There's a lot of construction yet to be done up there but if any of it is supposed to be new parking lots. I would drop all else and make sure that gets done immediately.

  6. Wreckhouse Radio Says:

    Apparently those empty dirt lots are going to be restaurants and stores, as if more are needed. But it looked like a brand new parking garage right there that wasn't in use. Also liked how they had all the streets blocked off so you couldn't park on them. I mean, who would have wanted to park for free anyway ?

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