June 26, 2011
'IT'S NOT FUN ANY MORE'
Lindpere frustrated by Red Bulls sloppy defensive play
BRIDGEVIEW, ILL. -- Red Bulls midfielder Joel LIndpere has challenged his teammates to look at themselves in the mirror and figure out how to improve their games.
|Joel LIndpere: "Game day should be like a party. I want to have fun. I play; I want to smile on the field. Itís not fun anymore."
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Lindpere, who connected for the Red Bulls' lone goal on Sunday, was not happy that his team lost yet another lead, this time in the 1-1 draw at the Chicago Fire.
He was not a happy camper at all.
ďNo, not at all. We didnít win," he said. "Not too much to say."
But as it turned out, Lindpere had plenty to say, claiming he was not having fun at all.
"Game day should be like a party," he said. "I want to have fun. I play; I want to smile on the field. Itís not fun anymore."
Lindpere said every player should look at his himself in the mirror.
"I am going to look at myself," he said. "I hope my teammates look at themselves too so we play more as a team. We just need to do a better job.Ē
The Red Bulls played well in the first half, but could not sustain that in the final 45 minutes, when the Fire tied the match on Marco Pappa's goal.
"But itís not enough," he said. "Everyone on our team needs to think about what we should do and how we should play better.
"I think everyone understands now that we cannot go on like this. We score one, but we give goals back. They get very stupid, easy goals against us, and then we fight to get the goals back. Then we do something stupid again."
For the Red Bulls, it was a game of two halves. Lindpere felt the visitors acquitted themselves well in the first half, but panicked in the second half.
ďEveryone says that the first half, we go out and we play and they might be a little scared," he said. "But when they start to push us a little bit, we panic. We lose our head. We need to stay calm and play like we used to and do the same job.Ē
The Red Bulls will have almost a week to recover from their grueling trip and prepare for Saturday's MLS game at the San Jose Earthquakes.
The majority, if not all of the starting 11, will have Tuesday's Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup match against F.C. New York at Red Bull Arena, off.