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Post-RSL Quotes

Via Paul Tenorio. Sorry for the delay. Keep postgame thoughts coming.

Game story, in which Gros calls Fred a "jackrabbit."

MLSNet story on the return of the RSL Four.

Salt Lake Tribune game story, in which Jason Kreis says RSL should feel good about their performance.

Soehn on the team's performance: "You evaluate all the games we've had and ending on a period where now we can take a break, you want to end in a lot better way. It was bad all the way around. Having said that, there's a lot of situations you're in where you don't play well and you don't get the result so I still give our guys credit that they did what it took to get the three points and keep our streak alive. Whether it's Troy making a big save or Christian coming up after missing the penalty or Fred coming in and injecting some life. We found a way to win and it wasn't pretty today. Whether it was a combination of us, who we played, the refs or whatever. It doesn't matter. There's no excuse for what we did or how we came out but we still found a way to win."

On bringing Fred in as a sub: "We weren't good with the ball; we were very predictable. ... It was important to get him in and hopefully change the tone of the way we were playing."

"We don't focus on the reffing...we focus on playing our game, playing through stuff and keeping our mouth shut. I thought today there was far too much interruption. I'd rather see a game where you walk away without any cards at all. Once you start throwing them you have to follow up and do it (all game). Whatever the case you've got to play with what's dealt and control what you can control."

"I think that gets to my point about sending early messages like the referee did, he's forced to do them all game. The value of keeping the guys in the game and realizing what's a bad call and what's not, he's got to manage that a bit better."

On the penalty kick: "Whatever, it's not my call." (Media got a nice chuckle.)

On why Fred didn't start: "He's been tired, he was a little ill the other day, a little head cold. You saw the other day at about 60 minutes, he hit a wall and it was a good chance to let him sit a little bit and bring him on to the energize the game."

On the upcoming break: It's gonna be nice for them not to hear from me for a little while. Like I said, I've driven them pretty hard, we've had a push to make sure we got through this stretch and I think it's going to be nice for everyone to get away for a little bit. Including the coaching staff who have worked really hard. And it'll be a good opportunity now to get a full week of training in, which we haven't had."

On Emilio's goal: "It was not just Emilio, it was the ball from Christian. Two guys on a day where the soccer wasn't good turned in a really good play."

Gros on the poor first half: "They came out and played hard and we didn't match that. Maybe that first half we were looking toward our break more than we should have, but Tommy came in at halftime and set us straight and we worked a lot harder."

On how important it was to pull out the win: "Tommy told us the mark of a good team is you can win games when you don't play your best, so it was a very important win."

I'll be off for religious reasons the next two days, but will return with DCU content at some point.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 13, 2007; 8:31 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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