The Full 90

Quotes on an unmitigated disaster

What the players and coaches had to say after Real Salt Lake's 4-1 thrashing of the Kansas City Wizards.

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MANAGER PETER VERMES Overall thoughts on the match:

“We gave up two early goals, and that puts you in a hole no matter if you are home or away. Obviously if you’re away it’s a little more difficult. It was good to get a goal right before halftime and sort of get a little momentum back. “We came out in the second half trying to tweak a few things and get back in the game. Obviously the free kick and the ejection of our guy put us into a big hole – a much bigger hole that was much more difficult to get out of. Whether it’s 2-1 or 4-1, it is what it is.”

On Wolff’s goal:


“I think the response of getting that goal was good and we actually had a play there at the end of the game that we could have gotten something out of as well. Again, you can’t give up that third one like we did and then getting the guy ejected at that point when we’re trying to get back in the game just puts us in a big hole.”

On any positives from the evening:

“It was good for us to come back and score that goal in the first half. A lot of times teams do give up when they’re away from home and it seemed like we got back in the game; it wasn’t like we were out of it.”

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS FORWARD TEAL BUNBURY
On the game:

“We came out there with intensity. Went down a goal, went down two goals, and we fought and got back into it and got a goal before half. I felt like we came into the second half ready to go but unfortunately things just didn’t go our way. We had the pressure on and somehow they found a way to score and we just couldn’t get back into it.”

On keeping positive after going down early:

“I think for any team it’s hard to keep your spirits up, but I think it was easier for us because we’ve been in that position before. We were talking about it before; you just always give everything you’ve got and work for the team.”

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS GOALKEEPER JIMMY NIELSEN On the match:

“We came here believing we could make a good result today, but we made it very hard on ourselves with two easy goals in the beginning for Salt Lake. It was like a replay from the last six games of ours. Up the hill, came back, had a good goal and put them under good pressure, but in the second half we had the ball enough but we didn’t create enough. In the end we had to gamble and go all in but we lost.”

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS On RSL extending its MLS winning streak to five games:

“To have something on the line, with trying to be the first Real Salt Lake team in history to win five in a row and to get a little bit of vengeance on Kansas City for being the last team to get a result against us here last year – to have both of those things on the line and to come through is important for us.”

On RSL’s red-hot month of May:

“I am obviously pleased that our players are not only getting results but are playing with a bit of confidence now. So even on a night like tonight when the soccer isn’t great you still feel like our guys are composed and mature and believe in each other and think that the results are going to come.”

On getting the result:

"It was not a great night of soccer on our part – it was a little disjointed. I don’t think we passed the ball as well as we have on past occasions. But it was good to see that we made the critical plays and we head out of here with three points.”

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