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Post-Match Quotes: Real Salt Lake vs. Crew SC

Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter

Overall thoughts on the match:
“I’m proud of the guys, I’m proud of the effort they put forth. It’s not easy in these conditions, and getting back into the game. We’re proud of them. We could’ve been better in some stages of the game but we did fine.”
On his team’s play after RSL were down to 10 men:
“I thought we pushed. I thought the ball movement could’ve been a little faster. Perhaps created some more chances. The one the player [Maund] cleared off the line was a good play. We had some other opportunities. Overall we’re pleased.“
Thoughts on his team equalizing twice in the game:
“It’s not easy to play here. Traditionally it’s a very strong home team. To go down twice wasn’t easy. But I think it was determination by the guys, with some good ball movement and we clawed our way back into it and got a point.”
On preparations for the upcoming U.S. Open Cup game against Orlando City:
“We’re going to rotate some guys. We’ll get some different guys in there. A lot of teams are dealing with the same thing. Jeff Cassar’s team is dealing with the same thing here. They’ve been playing a ton of games. They’ve come from the East Coast and have to play. The heat’s the same for them, the altitude is the same. It’s a level playing field and you know, we’re fine with that.”
Defender Hector Jimenez

On the first goal:
“It's a play that went right to left. I was able to find Ethan inside and Ethan did a great job of laying me off and I was able to see Tony and Justin in the box and it was a good goal that carried us into the second half. Unfortunately we started the second half on our back foot. Luckily we got that second goal and were able to leave with a point.”
On how the midfield played:
“It's not easy playing against a hard possession team and I felt like they didn't have an answer for the way we were moving the ball in the midfield.”
Midfielder Ethan Finlay

Overall thoughts on the match:
“I think it was a good game. It was kind of a crazy first half. I think once we settled in we played our style and found our identity. Credit to them, they were really good on the counter tonight. We were disappointed with the result. After they got that red card we thought we could nic one late, but we'll take a point and go home.”
On his goal:
“When I saw the ball getting picked up on half field there Kei pulled himself, good movement, out wide, and at that point I recognized just to get to the middle in case a one-time ball gets through. Earlier in the game Rimando picked one of those off like he does so well, but we were able to get one in.”

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