July 22, 2015
Marsch on Open Cup elimination: 'It hurts bad'
HARRISON, N.J. -- Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch says that Tuesday's elimination from the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup was a bump in the team's road, certainly not the end of it.
Despite playing with a man advantage for 80 minutes, the Red Bulls could only secure a 1-1 in regulation and extratime against the Philadelphia Union before falling in penalty kicks, 4-3, at Red Bull Arena.
"When you have a lot of pride in what you're doing, when you empty the tank everyday and you come up empty, that's what it does, it hurts bad," Marsch said. "But my message is, 'this won't derail us in any way.'
"Fortunately, we have some time now before we play a meaningful match and we have to keep our strong mentality. It just wasn't our day. The different ways we got chances and weren't able to put them in was a little odd, but that's the way it goes sometimes."
The Red Bulls face Chelsea in a meaningless match in the International Champions Cup at RBA on at 8 p.m. Wednesday before meeting Benfica at the stadium in another ICC match on Sunday.
Their next meaningful game is at the Union on Aug. 1.
Marsch said the loss was very similar to its last loss to Philly.
"Philly has our number right now, so good for them," he said but the good news is we play them again August 1 so we won't let that derail us.W e'll be ready to recharge our batteries and go again."
The Red Bulls managed a 2-0 win at Orlando City on Saturday and had only two days of rest between games. In a perfect world, they would have played the Open Cup match on Wednesday, but they couldn't because team management had scheduled the ICC game on that day.
"We tried every which way with Philly to re-schedule this, but they showed no flexibility whatsoever," Marsch said. "We gave them probably five, six, seven options and they didn't want to work with us. You feel like after all of that, and then for them to get the result, it makes it that much more painful. Obviously it's not ideal but Philly didn't want to work with us."