Postgame Quotes - New England
On the three points:
The goals, you never want to be 2-0 at home down, but obviously if you have players like we have right now that can change the game with free kicks or one play, it's great. Federico [Higuain]'s performance today with the two free kicks was just unbelievable. Arrieta finishes great. Overall, the team is playing well. I think when we wanted goals, we scored goals. The two chances, the first goal for [New England] was deflected and the second goal I think a miscommunication. Those ridiculous free kicks, I told the guys in the locker room 'I practice [free kicks] almost every day. You can see me doing free kicks with Justin Meram and Emilio [Renteria]. Federico, he's just sitting on the side not doing free kicks with us. Look at today, he went over the there and scores two.' (laughs) I'm like 'where the heck did that guy come from?' It's amazing to have talent like this.
On Matt Lampson's debut:
Obviously, you want to remember your first game. You don't want to make any mistakes. He looks like a pro, like he has a lot of experience because he went for the ball and made a couple saves. Directing the guys in front of him, I thought he was very good.
On the difference that Higuain and Arrieta have provided:
I think--telling you the truth-- I thought that we have a very good team and we needed a spark. We needed a guy who would slip the ball to somebody or need the guy to do exactly what [Higuain] did: have a free kick from over here or have a shot from distance, link the midfielders with the forwards. Actually, I thought we were going to get that kind of guy and he was going to be very good, but he has a lot of success. But I have to say, the guys around him have been good too.
Striker Jairo Arrieta
On winning and scoring two goals on his birthday:
It was a really good day to celebrate a birthday. It started, we were down 2-0 and we ended up winning the game. It was really good. We need it. We needed the three points. It was really important to score the goals, but it was more important for the team to get the three points.
On the pressure to score the late game-winner:
I'm always under pressure to score. I'm a forward. That's what I like to do. Again, the most important part of all of this is that the team needed to win and if that goal helps the team, that's what matters. I'm happy when the team wins and we need to keep winning games because it's getting close to playoffs.
Goalkeeper Matt Lampson:
On his MLS debut:
I try to take my triumphs in stride. I don't want anything to go to my head or anything. I think I just did my job today and I think I did pretty well. All things considered [the Crew defense] kept me safe in the back. I'm happy about that. They picked me up when I got scored on. We got the win, that's most important.
On his saves late in the game:
That's what the goalkeeper is supposed to do and I was happy I got the chance. I thought I dealt with [the shots] pretty well. One of them I saw late, the other one I was able to get down in time. Luckily, we held together as a defense and finished out strong. It was a little hectic, but that comes with the territory in an MLS game. We need those three points really bad, so I'm glad as a team we pulled through.
Revolution head coach Jay Heaps
On the wild game:
“It was some of our best stuff and some of our worst stuff all wrapped into a first half and a game. Just looking at the stats you give up three shots on goal and they all go in in the first half, you kind of scratch your head little, but tip of the hat [to the Crew],those free kicks were world class.
On conceding the foul that led to the free kicks:
“I think the first foul was not a foul, I’ve seen the film on that, the second one was a silly time to foul there, there was no need [to foul].
On creating chances:
“I think we had more chances in the first half. I think we did a nice job in creating chances in the first half and probably should have punished them more than just twice. Like I said, though, tip of the hat to a team that is playing well and is confident. Arrieta and Higuaín are really helping the Crew attack. They’ve always defended well, they’ve always worked hard so when you add those two players they are really tough to beat.
On the second half changes:
“I felt like we created a couple of chances in the second half. I think it was the right type of change at the right time. Unfortunately, when we got back into it, we turned off our play.”
Revolution defender Chris Tierney
On processing the wild match:
“It was a tough one, we did well going up two goals, unfortunately they got back into it. It was a crazy game. Bottom line is, even though we are happy scoring three goals away from home we have to avoid giving up four.”
On having a bit of luck:
“I think we had a few slices of luck and the game was going our way a bit. Then the two [Higuaín] class free kicks, the second of which I don’t think was a foul, but that is unlucky but you have to tip your hat to two class goals like that. We had a good feeling going into the game, we did a lot of good things, but some mistakes hurt us and unfortunately we couldn’t get it done.”
On the coach’s message going into the second half down a goal:
“Just keep doing what we were doing and create chances. We could’ve been ahead three or four to start the game, so we wanted to keep playing the way we were. Our game plan was working so we knew that we could get back in the game, which we did, but unfortunately we couldn’t hold on.”
Revolution midfielder Ryan Guy
On the wild match:
“Unfortunately it’s something that we’re used to at this point, it’s a rut that we need to get out of. I think we showed a lot of good things tonight, but we also showed a lot of disappointing things. I think that there are things that are happening over and over that we need to change. As a squad we need to concentrate on the positives”
On the positive start and things starting to turn their way:
“I think it was something of an ego boost and I think that was to our detriment tonight. I wouldn’t call it a mistake or a miscall but unfortunately they got a goal back. It is unfortunately something of a regular thing for us, they [our opponents] get a goal and then another one and it just went from there.
Looking ahead at their busy home stretch:
“We got to just bang them out and do what we can and get some points. At this point we’re scratching for our lives but we’re looking forward to it.”