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New York Red Bulls (2) - Toronto FC (0) Post Game Summary

May 8, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Toronto FC News Release


NEW YORK RED BULLS (2) - TORONTO FC (0) POST GAME SUMMARY

SCORING SUMMARY

NYR - Frankie Amaya 32' (Fábio)

NYR - Caden Clark 69' (Fábio)

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

NYR - Andrew Gutman 31' (caution)

NYR - Frankie Amaya 59' (caution)

TFC - Richie Laryea 73' (caution)

TFC - Omar González 78' (caution)

RECORDS

Toronto FC 0-2-1 1 point

New York Red Bulls 2-2-0 6 points

LINEUPS

TORONTO FC - Alex Bono; Richie Laryea, Omar González, Chris Mavinga, Auro Jr. (Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty 70'); Michael Bradley (C), Ralph Priso (Justin Morrow 56'), Marky Delgado (Noble Okello 81'), Nick DeLeon, Jayden Nelson (Yeferson Soteldo 56'); Ayo Akinola (Patrick Mullins 70')

Substitutes Not Used: Quentin Westberg, Luke Singh, Eriq Zavaleta, Tsubasa Endoh

NEW YORK RED BULLS - Carlos Coronel; Kyle Duncan, Sean Nealis, Aaron Long, Andrew Gutman (John Tolkin 88'); Sean Davis (C), Frankie Amaya (Dru Yearwood 65'), Cristian Cásseres Jr., Brian White (Daniel Royer 46'), Caden Clark (Omir Fernandez 79'); Fábio (Cameron Harper 88')

Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Meara, Tom Edwards, Amro Tarek, Wikelman Carmona

MEDIA NOTES:

Yeferson Soteldo made his MLS debut for Toronto FC.

Toronto FC begin the MLS season winless in their first three matches for the first time since 2012.

CHRIS ARMAS - HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC

Q. You're missing some big pieces today which obviously doesn't help in attack, scoring chances but I'm wondering about the goals conceded today. Seemed to be issues on both of them. What are you seeing from your team out there?

Look, it's even at halftime, we talk about rewarding ourselves for some of the good actions defensively, some of the pressing moments, some of the counter pressing moments, and it was there for us. We think we were in the balance in the first half.

You know, when you think about some of the goals that we've given up on the year, that we've tried to really address, we've talked about set pieces and the other one is just some bad giveaways that lead to transition. So in the first half, this is the case and then it becomes about putting out that fire.

But yeah, look, second half, it's another transition moment that we get caught a little bit. So you think so much structurally after you arrange a team, but we have little situations we have to do better with. Individually and then ultimately collectively. So yeah, in the second half, they come strong. We faded a bit but man, you know, in the first half we thought it was in the balance. It was going to be there for us.

Q. With regards to Yeferson Soteldo, only a second half appearance as a substitute but what did you make of him in that short period of time and that was always the plan just to give him about 35 minutes or so?

Yes, that was the plan going in, because physically, he's only had two light training sessions with us so far. So we used the max, if you will, of what we had in our minds coming in. But we'll get him going and he's going to get going in a big way. You can see that he's an exciting player. He's an exciting attacker. He can make things happen and this is important for us round; that -- the pitch, in terms of creating chances and finishing off chances.

On the day, yeah, he has a couple of on v. one situations, a decent cross that he creates. It's fairly difficult, you know, when he comes in and it's -- he's trying to make some things happen but as they have a lead, they are depending deep, they have a couple of guys that are double-teaming him and it becomes a little tougher.

So we're very happy with him, given the short time we had him and then obviously he's going to be dangerous and we can use him especially in those wide areas.

Q. You told us on Thursday that Jozy and Jonathan would be available for today. What went into the decision for them not to play a role today or did something else happen?

Yes, something did happen, right. Jozy from the previous match has just had, you know, a little illness. We've had a few players with, you know, is it because of the México trip? We've had a couple of guys battling and staff members. With Jonathan, yesterday in training -- upper leg, let's say. So yeah, so when I tell you guys are available, it's straight and overnight, sometimes things change. But that's how it's gone with those guys.

Q. A pretty short turnaround before the next game. What's the message to the team after today's match? What are the conversations going on in the dressing room?

There's not a lot to say but of course we talk about it quickly. The main message, when there's a lot to make excuses about, that's not the time. And from coaches to players in, moments like this, you've got to take a hard look. You have to take a hard look and say, hey, can I do better? In what ways, and we can help as coaches help that along. And now individually, just to not so much look outwardly, right? It's not the time. It's time to say, hey, how can I do better, what more can I do, where am I doing really well, where can I improve? And that's really the message.

The other one is that, you know, TFC 2021, this is a new team. This is a new team with a different chemistry and different players and we are not sneaking up on anyone. We're not. When teams play TFC, they are playing the champions. They know this team is built on success and they are not sneaking up. So in a league where margins are thin, we have to be at our best and we have to carry our weight and we have to be up for it every single time no, matter what, altitude, heat, short rest, whatever it is.

There's a feeling on the inside that we're giving away some games. We're a real team and becoming closer all the time and as the guys say, it will bring us closer together. Disappointment but we are on to the next one. No one helps teams in tough times more than the team and each guy, all of us, together. That's what was talked about.

Q. Just how frustrating is it getting for you that you're just unable to start your best 11 in a game because of all these injuries.

I would say what's more frustrating for me, is -- I don't come in with frustration. I don't operate and live with frustration. This doesn't enter my being. But what I would say is what becomes bothersome is when some of these games are in the balance, like the first half. Before they have their chance, we created a few really good moments of transition or a couple of pressing moments and now here we go, we're thinking.

But then to have a moment where, you know, not necessarily against the run of play, but where we don't do well enough in a certain moment and then we're down 1-0. It's psychologically hits the team a certain way. So what I say is the frustration as a coach is, I want the boys to be rewarded for the work. I want them to feel validated for what we are asking every day. And when you think we're in some spots and we're off to a good start and then it goes the other way, that's frustrating and, I would say, in general. Not today, I feel frustrated; in general, you feel like you're doing it right and it's a set piece goal. Or the first goal, the first goal against Cruz Azul in the series. We win a ball, we go the other way and go the other way -- it's like, come on, Chris Armas, come on. I have to find ways to help the team in these moments. That's the reality and, yeah, but I don't live in frustration. Back to work. Back to work tomorrow and we're going to ramp it up for Wednesday.

Q. Just wondering what positives, when you look at this sort of performance today and this result, I mean, is there anything here that gives you sort of hope going into the game on Wednesday?

Well, I mean, these guys give me the hope. It's not -- I don't -- I'm not hoping around here every day. I keep my feelings around what's real. I see realness every day around here, even the way they speak in the locker room. That's where I put my -- let's call it comfort.

Going into Wednesday, yeah, I think if you just look at today against, you know, a Red Bull team, they play with intensity and they have added some pieces and they are a pretty good team, right. They know what they are about round and what you'd say is that if they are a pressing team, we were able to do much of that to them in the first half.

But you say, as we are trying to get on the same page, get guys going, some of the younger players, we see some positives there. So for me I feel really good about the first half if you remove the goal and what I would call too many unforced errors, just too many giveaways. This is a big part of it, right. But the first half the way we executed, let's call it a game, we attacked wide areas, we created transition moments. We're heading in the right direction. Just got to clean up some of the stuff on the field.

Q. Seven games in, you haven't kept a clean sheet yet. Quentin was the starter for the last two seasons, what does he have to get a look here in goal?

Yeah, it's a good question and coming into this year, I knew that after speaking to, you know, some of the personnel here that things were tight in that position and Quentin clearly was the starter last year and then circumstance has it where Alex is given an opportunity and where Quentin wasn't with us for the first part of the Champions League, first series.

And then if we -- if we really go through it quickly, we beat a Mexican team. We beat Leon. We weren't given much chance to do what we did and we thought that Alex was a really big part of that. You think about leg two, he makes a big save at the very end and then since then, you know, there's some set pieces and things in there where even today, I don't think we give him much of a chance.

We're evaluating all the time and we think he's done -- we think he's done well to be fair because -- and we have given up goals, and like our defenders and our strikers, he is part of that. So listen, to answer your question, what does he -- what does -- Quentin is -- he's a top professional and top teammate. He's a pro. He shows up every day. He's playing well. This is a position on our team that is very competitive round. What Quentin has to do is keep doing what he's doing, he's doing well and we'll make decisions. It's a constant evaluation.

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