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Petke on Sounders match: 'We shouldnt' have even tied'

Posted on 16 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Mike Petke ©First Row Photos

A visibly dejected Mike Petke did not sugarcoat his feelings after the New York Red Bulls’ 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders. Never one to mince his words, the centerback said his team were hard done by the result, their first loss at Red Bull Arena. “It’s a game we shouldn’t have lost, I can tell you that,” he said. “If anything, worst case scenario we should have walked out with a tie and still be pissed off like we are right now. We shouldn’t have even tied the game.”

The visiting Sounders were “a team that we were better than, that we should have put away,” Petke added. “We didn’t and they ended up walking out of here with a positive result for themselves.”

Still, the Babylon, N.Y., native found plenty to criticize about his own side. “It was too much in spurts tonight…instead of putting our will on them starting from the opening whistle.”

The decisive play of the game came off a freekick around the midfield line. Brad Evans played a long ball over Petke onto the foot of Fredy Montero, who did the rest, leaving Bouna Condoul little chance in depositing the ball into the short corner of the goal.

“Noone reacted right,” Petke said of the play. “Immediately there should have been someone in front of that wall and us four should have reacted–obviously–a little better.”

How much do the Red Bulls need a playmaking midfielder? “It’s hard to answer that question,” he said. “If we get a superstar that could help us…that’s gonna help us. I think Joel [Lindpere] is capable.”

Ultimately the addition of players like Thierry Henry or Ze Roberto mattered little if the team’s core could not produce.

“It doesn’t matter who we have. Getting players like that will improve us always…We have to right these things ourselves. one or two players doesn’t make a team.”

Petke knows things do not get any easier from here for the Bulls. A short week awaits, followed by a visit by the undefeated Columbus Crew on Thursday night. With a loss to the two-time defending Supporters Shield champions, the Red Bulls drop out of first place in the Eastern Conference.

“We’re playing Thursday against a very good team, Columbus. Man up and put our balls to the wall,” was how Petke assessed the situation.

A packed schedule of five games in two weeks will then lead the team into the two-week World Cup break. The Red Bulls visit New England May 29, a place they have not won in years. A tough Houston Dynamo squad visit Red Bull Arena June 2 before the pre-World Cup schedule concludes with a visit from Chivas USA June 5.

More ASN coverage of the match

Hans Backe’s postgame press conference audio

Player ratings

Red Bull New York statement re: PATH station

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