New York Red Bulls clinch Shield after a thrilling Decision Day
MLS Decision day 34: Here are the majority of the reactions from the last of the MLS regular season.
Chicago Fire 1-2 New York Red Bulls. New York Red Bulls seals Supporter’s Shield – coach Jesse Marsch addresses: “There had been a lot of talk about the Town Hall and Thierry Henry and everything else, but they knew this was a transitional moment. It was a chance for them to prove themselves and show that this isn’t just about Thierry Henry, there’s a lot more here.”
We’ve got five games left to win another title. To put together the most points in the league over the course of the season is really the test of a true champion, but we have the big trophy that we want, and that’s MLS Cup. We’re going to keep going, we’re going to celebrate a little bit tonight, but we’re going to keep going.”
Sporting Kansas 2-1 LA Galaxy. Galaxy dropped second place, will play Sounders in a elimination game. Coach Bruce Arena analyses: Heading into the playoffs, we have a very experienced team and one that shows up for the playoffs, I guess you could say.
You deal with whatever the circumstances are, and that’s what it is. If we can’t win our last two games, we deserve to be put in the play-in game. We had opportunities to position ourselves better. This is where we are, and that’s fine. We’ll go to Seattle, and we’ll be ready to play.”
Coach Sounders Schmid on playing LA Galaxy said: It’s the intensity we play the game with. They have their three DPs, we have great depth, they have great depth. It’s Sigi vs. Bruce [Arena], there are so many matchups here. …It’s going to be a lot of physical play going on Wednesday. I can guarantee you that. One of the things we talked about before the game is that our moment has to be now,” It didn’t matter to us if it was LA or Portland or Vancouver or whatever. We wanted to be at home. Now it’s LA and so we want to take care of business on Wednesday and move forward.”
Montreal Impact 2-1 Toronto FC. Drogba scores twice to secure Montreal home advantage in the elimination playoff first round gane. nterim head coach Mauro Biello reacts: “We have a lot of players that can be dangerous and score goals or give an assist. Now, we need some guys to sacrifice and just play the simple ball. Once we just started completing passes, our confidence started going up, and we were attacking more. We just needed to keep it simple.”
2015 season new comers New York FC and Orlando City despite their world class players (Villa, Lampard, Pirlo, and Kaka) could not make it to the playoffs for their first year of existence.
MLS playoffs start Wednesday with DC United – New England Revs and the clash between Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy. Don’t miss out!