Quote Sheet: RSL 1-1 Minnesota United FC

Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake 1-1 Minnesota United FC

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Head Coach Freddy Juarez

On the result:

“Cruel. You put your heart and soul into it and I thought everybody had a great game. We pushed and created, but the goal comes out of nothing. It’s just football. That’s how football goes and we have to keep our heads high. There was a lot of good. Some guys had some fantastic games. Aaron [Herrera] had his best game, and Brody was very, very good. The guys were pushing and creating, but we gave up an unlucky goal. I’ve been with enough teams to know that if you keep up that work ethic, then good things will happen.”

On the importance of a second goal:

“I think the goal still comes from nothing, but I think that if we just have a little bit more quality in that final third and we get the second, then who knows how that turns the game? Sometimes you get the third and the fourth and if not the second kills the game. We’ll learn from it. I think the team is still playing very well. We have a lot of energy, and we continue to be dangerous in the final third. We’re defending well, we just have to put that game away.”

On Damir Kreilach’s finishing ability:

“I think I said it last time—it’s like he has this magnet to the ball. Let’s not forget it all comes down to a quality service, and we have guys that can serve the ball well; Aaron [Herrera] is one of them. I do think we can have more consistency when running in and attacking the ball, we talked about that before the game. There were a couple of other balls that Aaron put in later in the game that created opportunities as well.”

General Manager Elliot Fall

On Jonathan Menéndez’s qualities:

“He’s a really good all around footballer. He likes to get the ball out wide and come inside; he’s also crafty with the ball at his feet. He looks for goals and he’s also good at creating for his teammates. He’s a well-rounded player.”

On the challenges to sign Menéndez:

“We are certainly relieved to get signatures on contracts, you can never count these kinds of deals as done until you have all of them. It is always challenging to negotiate and work through all of the logistics with both the clubs and the players. The transfer window was closing and on top of that, we had the COVID situation in both countries so our work is not done yet. We do have signed contracts and we know we’ll have him here, it’s just a matter of how quickly we can get him. We’re working furiously behind the scenes to do so.”

On Menéndez impact on team rotations.

“He provides competition. I don’t think anybody is ready to say whether he’ll come in as a starter or off the bench, but he’s another player that we believe will have an impact on our team and in us winning games.”

On bringing new players in:

“Yes, absolutely. We’re still in contact with some players and still discussing things. We’ll see how those play out.” 

Defender Andrew Brody

On the result:

“It’s a bit disappointing to get the draw. I think we did everything right to earn the three points, but they just got one chance and they scored. There are a lot of positives to take away though. We were on the front foot towards the end and I thought we were going to get one. Sometimes you get the winner and sometimes you don’t.”

On the opponent’s goal:

“It’s super frustrating and so unlucky, because it’s just come off his back. There’s nothing really you can do but keep your head up. We have a long season ahead of us, so it’s important to keep going and working hard.” 

On how they were structured tonight:

We created a few chances. Their goalkeeper made a really good save on Meram’s shot. There were a few dangerous crosses and a few through balls. But I think we created more than enough chances to win that game. I also think we could’ve won that game with just the…

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