February 14, 2013
'THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE'
Petke on Red Bulls' slow start in 2-2 pre-season draw with RSL
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Pre-season camp is where teams work their kinks out and after Wednesday night's 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake, Red Bulls coach Mike Petke knows what his team must work on: not allowing early goals.
|Mike Petke: "We go to great lengths in the pre-season to try to correct different things from the past. One thing that has happened a lot of was giving up early unnecessary goals. And it was a bit of a flashback."
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It was a problem with the Red Bulls last season and they found themselves chasing the game with an early 2-0 deficit in their opener at the Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.
"Honestly, my initial thought was, 'Oh no,' after 20 seconds," Petke said. "We go to great lengths in the pre-season to try to correct different things from the past. One thing that has happened a lot of was giving up early unnecessary goals. And it was a bit of a flashback."
Only 20 seconds into the match, Joao Plata scored to lift RSL into a 1-0 lead. Plata ran onto a loose ball in New York’s defensive third and slid it past goalkeeper Santiago Castano and into the net.
"The biggest problem was that we did everything right in the first goal," Petke said. "We [passed] the ball back perfectly to the goalie. It shouldn't be a problem and one kick beats 11 guys. That is not acceptable."
How stunning was that opening goal? Petke admitted he did not remember the details of the second goal, scored by Cole Grossman in the third minute.
"I honestly don't even remember -- I still have to go back and look at tape. I was still reeling from the first goal," he said.
The Red Bulls went on attack.
"The thing is that after seven or eight minutes, we really got our feet on the ground," Petke said. "We had six, seven, eight opportunities and played some good stuff. It still was not acceptable how we started."
Defender Jamison Olave scored off a Juninho corner kick against his former team to slice the lead in half on the half hour.
"Olave had a nice goal," he said. "Absolutely driving his big body through and getting on the end of it."
Petke was heartened by the play between his two forwards -- Thierry Henry and Fabian Espindola.
"The interaction between Thierry and Espindola was very promising," he said. "You blink your eye, and Thierry is out on the left and Espindola is on top. [Tim] Cahill made some real good late runs.
"The problem is that that's all for nothing if we get off to the start we had. Fortunately, it's pre-season for us, when we can go back and look at the video, correcting some things and start working on things for tomorrow."
Petke will prepare the Red Bulls for their next game in the competition, vs. the New England Revolution on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed on www.newyorkredbulls.com.