March 1, 2014
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Petke: Orlando's goal werre preventable
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- After watching his defense give up four goals, including three in the second half, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke wasn't about to panic.
The team he deployed for the 4-4 tie in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic will be far from the one that he uses in the season-opener at the Vancouver Whitecaps next Saturday.
Strikers Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill were not in the lineup, as was the team's best central defender Jamison Olave and left fullback Roy Miller.
"Eight goals scored is definitely an exciting match for people that are watching," Petke said. "I thought the goals that they scored were very preventable. Still individual mistakes here and there.
"Our ball movement was the best we've had so far, specifically the first 10 minutes of the game, then bits and pieces of the half and then the second half, large chunks of it. We found the spots to get in get behind them. Peguy [Luynindula] did wonders with the ball today. It was good to see Bradley [Wright-Philips] get on the scoresheet. And of the day the last pre-season, there were pros and cons to take from it."
Petke said he was "very pleased" with the ball movement of midfielders Sam Lloyd, Luyindula and Wright-Phillips.
"We want players who want the ball and who are confident with the ball," he said. "Peguy and Lloyd want the ball always. They're very confident with it. And you have someone like Bradley today who was on, who was hungry, who was running. Could have had probably four or five goals, actually.
"That's what soccer is all about, having the ball at your feet. We moved it well at times. We just need to go back to the tape and look at the things that we did bad, try to correct the and continue with the things that we did well."
The Red Bulls will look at the tape at the training complex in Hanover, N.J. this week as they are scheduled to return home on Sunday.
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"Everybody here is excited to get home," he said. "It's been a long, long pre-season. Of course we're looking forward to the first game. That's what we're here to play for."