September 22, 2012
LINDPERE ON THE LOSS, ERR, TIE
'It'a gift card you throw away. We didn't lose, but it feels like losing'
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere put the Red Bulls' wild 1-1 tie with the New England Revolution and finish into proper perspective.
|Joel Lindpere: "We havenít won here in 10 years and they give you a gift of the three points and then you just donít use it."
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"Itís like a gift card you throw away," he said. "It's frustrating. We didn't lose, but it feels like losing."
Lindpere scored what many Red Bulls thought would be the game-winner only 13 seconds into stoppage time before the Revs came back with a late, dramatic goal of their own five minutes into added time to settle for a 1-1 tie at Gillette Stadium.
The Red Bulls' emotions went on a rollercoaster ride during that five-minute span, considering they have not won at the stadium in more than a decade -- since July, 2002.
"The thing is that we were a man down, and if they scored in the 80th minute or something then itís understandable," Lindpere said. "When you score in the 90th minute and you get this air balloon ball in the box and nobody is taking care of it, then it feels bad and in this situation when we know that we havenít won here in 10 years and they give you a gift of the three points and then you just donít use it. Itís like a gift card you throw away."
Lindpere started the game on the bench until midfielder Rafa Marquez came up lame and was forced to the sidelines in the 35th minute. The Estonian international said he was ready.
"I donít care if you need to go in, then you need to go in," he said. "Of course you need a couple of minutes to warm up. Fortunately, I got the notice earlier, so I could warm up. I was ready when I came in and I felt good."