March 11, 2013
Red Bulls refuse to blame travel delays for the loss
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- For the second week in a row, the Red Bulls' flight to the west coast was cancelled and they were forced to delay their trip by a day.
And for the second week in a row, the Red Bulls squandered a second-half lead. They say their 1-0 advantage turn into a 2-1 loss at the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night.
The Red Bulls, however, refused to the flight delays as an excuse for their late-match woes.
"It's not fun to deal with, but it's no excuse," midfielder Dax McCarty said. "Every team has to fly across the country. Obviously we would prefer to get out here two days before the game and get acclimated a little bit. Everyone felt good. Good training session [Saturday]. Everyone got plenty of rest. The weather was perfect. The field was fantastic. It's no excuse."
Midfielder Eric Alexander, who scored the Red Bulls' lone goal, agreed.
"I don't think it was the travel that was the problem," he said. "I think it was our own fault. We had a couple of mistakes that cost the game. We just didn't close it."
The Red Bulls return home for their home opener against D.C. United on Saturday with only one point, although McCarty felt it should have been more.
"You look back and the flow of the games and you're thinking, 'Why we didn't leave these two road trips with at least four points, maybe six if we were a little bit better in Portland/' It's pretty mind blowing. But we can't panic two games into the season. We haven't played a home game yet.
"We can take some positives out of the performance. The last 10 minutes has just got to be better mentally."