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DC United vs Montreal Impact: Post-Game Quotes and Highlights

Bernardo Corradi's form and play has been getting better and better or in crescendo to be more poetic: ball control, smart passes and physical presence in the box.
Bernardo Corradi's form and play has been getting better and better or in crescendo to be more poetic: ball control, smart passes and physical presence in the box.

DC United and the Montreal Impact part ways on a 1-1 tie, a result that makes sense when you look at the game even though both teams have arguments to take home all the fun and candy. With DC United integrating substitute in this game, Jesse Marsch goes with the more traditional lineup with Bernardo Corradi, the offensive pivot of the team and goal scorer of the game.

Here are some quotes from about the game that show relief and satisfaction on the Montreal Impact side and some disappointment from DC United but with hopes to do better.

Montreal Impact Quotes

Montreal Impact Head Coach Jesse Marsch

Overall thoughts on the match:

There were little half chances today that maybe if we would've been a little bit sharper they could've been goals. But the way we managed the game and how we took our time on set pieces showed that we were methodical in our approach and tried to keep the ball. I think we learned lessons from last game and got them this game. Maybe it could've been three [points] tonight, but one is okay.

On losing the 1-0 lead [Jesse Marsch]:

It was a little too easy [for D.C. United] to get that goal, because we worked so hard to get ours. And now it's [a shot] from distance and somehow [the ball] finds its way into the goal. On the field I was trying to say to the players ‘don't panic, don't get upset, you still have to stay focused, there's a lot of game to be played left.' Again, we could've taken three in the end, but it's a step - a step in the right direction.

More after the jump...

On the team's second half performance:

I think we were flat at the start of the second half, for whatever reason, and I think [D.C. United] came out with more energy. They probably weren't happy with the way their first half went. But we came out flat, and that could've cost us the game early in the second half. We are still moving ourselves along in that way, but it's a good night for a point.

Montreal Impact Captain Davy Arnaud

Overall thoughts on the match:

It's a point for us, our first one on the road. But I think if we are being honest with ourselves, we let two points slip away. I thought it was a good performance. We got the goal to take the lead and then we let [D.C. United] back in. At the end of the day it's a point on the road, and when you are on the road you want to pick up points. At some point we have to turn these good performances into wins. The positive thing is that we feel that we've been performing enough to be able to do that.

On giving up the lead:

We talked about when we get the lead, how do we manage it? What do we do to make it even tougher on them? Unfortunately, we gave up another goal, but after that the response was fairly good again. They had a lot of possession, which you expect towards the end of the game. But we buckled down and still got away with a point, and still had a couple of half chances to get another one.

Montreal Impact Forward Bernardo Corradi

Overall thoughts on the match:

I'm a little bit upset because now it's been three or four matches in which we play well [and don't get a win]. I think we deserved more. Now we have to use these ten days before our home game to analyze what we did wrong and try to keep [going] for 90 minutes, instead of 70 or 75. I think it's part of growing us a team, we have to get to know each other better and we have to keep working like we do everyday on the field.

On getting back to his best form:

I spent two years and a half without playing regularly and I spent the last six months training by myself. I think I did a great job because my condition is now getting better and better every game. But I knew I would face some difficulties the first few games, it's part of the game and it's part of being a soccer player. I think I've been very professional in these two years trying to keep my condition as good as possible.

On creating chances in the box:

With a player of my characteristics, I think you can use me with long balls, to flick balls into the other side and help the wide players to go in and face the goalie. You can use me when you make deliveries from the wings, so any time you put the ball in the box it could be dangerous for the other team. I would love to get many deliveries like the one Lamar [Neagle] made. We are going to work on this for sure during the next week.

DC United Quotes

D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen

Overall thoughts on the match:

It's a disappointing tie for sure, but they're a good team. We watched a lot of film and they're a tough team. We knew they'd come in here a little desperate and with a real sense of urgency and fight about them. We talked about matching that early [in the game] and not getting bullied around, and I thought they did that. They came with the right energy, and we didn't. In particular, we just didn't have that pep, that anger we needed tonight. Now, the second half was great, but it takes me to get them riled up at halftime to get that kind of response."
"We have to understand, you just have to bring that every night if you want results. It doesn't matter who you play: If you don't bring that in this League, it's going to be a long night. I thought we did enough to win - the game was there for us. We've just got to finish a couple chances.

Game Highlights

Match Stats

D.C. United Montreal Impact
18 Attempts on Goal 12
2 Shots on Target 1
9 Shots off Target 6
7 Blocked Shots 5
5 Corner Kicks 4
11 Fouls 11
11 Open Play Crosses 12
1 Offsides 4
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
39 Duels Won 35
52% Duels Won % 47%
495 Total Pass 425
78% Passing Accuracy % 72%
53.4% Possession 46.6%