March 28, 2009 MLS Columbus Crew vs Toronto FC post game quotes (from Columbus Crew Media Relations)
Quotes: CLB 1, TFC 1
Columbus Crew Media Relations
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER QUOTESHEET
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2009 -- COLUMBUS CREW 1, TORONTO FC 1
COLUMBUS CREW HEAD COACH ROBERT WARZYCHA
On the match:
"We had our chances in the first half and in the second half, you have to take the positives out of the game. ... Own goals happen, flukes happen. This game is over; take the positives from this game, and move on to the next game.
COLUMBUS CREW DEFENDER GINO PADULA
On scoring the own goal:
"Sometimes it happens. Of course, I don't want to score our own goal. I can say I'm sorry because I tried to flick the ball away. It's something that happens in soccer. I'm not happy because I think we went hard for 90 minutes and got just a point."
COLUMBUS CREW FORWARD JASON GAREY
On his scoring opportunities:
"The coaches wanted me to hold the ball up and combine with Guillermo [Barros Schelotto]. I thought that we were doing that and we created a good amount of chances. The second half, those two chances, I need to score one of those and put the game away. We're going to rebound from it and go to work."
COLUMBUS CREW GOALKEEPER WILLIAM HESMER
On Toronto scoring a late equalizer:
"I think that we had some new players in here today. ... At the end of the game, you've got to close it out. Just pumping balls out and throwing them into their half and hoping that that is going to get the job done just doesn't cut it. We need a little bit more experience and learn to finish the game and keep better possession."
COLUMBUS CREW MIDFIELDER ALEX GRENDI
On making his first MLS start:
"I definitely felt more comfortable today. I wanted to get forward more but it was tough going against one of the faster defenders in the league, so that definitely slowed me down a bit, but I'm definitely feeling more comfortable."
TORONTO FC HEAD COACH JOHN CARVER
On the game:
"We came here against the champions, in their home opener; it's a good result. ... This time last year, we would have lost this game. Our character is better in the locker room."
On his team's play in the second half:
"We took the game to them in the second half; possession was in their half in the second half."
TORONTO FC DEFENDER MARCO VELEZ
On getting a hard-earned point on the road:
"It was tough, but we stuck to it and we fought hard to get it and it was a good point away from home."
On working his way into the starting 11:
"It is always tough to be left out. Everybody wants to play and have a place on the first team. I just kept working hard and waited for my chance, so I'm pretty happy about it."
TORONTO FC MIDFIELDER DWAYNE DE ROSARIO
On the game:
"It's very difficult when you have to step up in a game like this, with this magnitude, away from home. Again, guys did a fantastic job, from the goalie right up to the front line. Every guy played their role and they did it fantastically. I'm very pleased with the result and now we'll put this one behind us and start getting ready for the next one."
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