Post-match quotes: United 0 - Dynamo 2


On the slow start
“We are putting too much pressure on ourselves because we are not scoring goals.”

On his players
“Every team is different. It’s a new group of players that you have to continue to mold and get better and continue to progress.”

On possible acquisitions
“We are going to continue to look to improve our roster but at the same time we have to continue to improve with the guys here.”


On the slow start
“These are hard times and we have to try and start from the beginning. Every game for us is a new challenge.”

On motivation
“We’re trying to get out of the hole we are in, we all feel bad for our fans and families and D.C., for everything that D.C. United is, the situation we are in is a disaster.”


On coming to MLS
“They have received me very well here. I was hoping to come to a big team like D.C. United and have a big campaign, but it hasn’t been that way and the team has been trying to make a good game every week. We make the same mistakes, and the team keeps putting its head down.”

On trying to improve
“We don’t understand what’s going on. We try to analyze and talk among each other and we train during the week to try not to make the same mistakes.”


On the game
“A lot of positives to come out from tonight. Two good starts by Tally and Danny, and more importantly the win. Some teams jumped ahead of us in the standings, and this is the time to keep pace. The first 20 minutes we were excellent; good tempo, and the heat kind of grabbed both teams for a bit. Overall, I’m just happy with the way we played tonight.”

On Tally Hall
“I thought he did pretty well. He made some good saves. There was a play in the first half, when they ripped the ball across the box, and he made a touch on it before the D.C. guys got there. It was a brave save from him. Any time you get a shutout and you get some saves, I think you’ve had a good night.”

On Danny Cruz
“I thought he had a good second half against Salt Lake, he’s been training well, and I just felt he deserved a chance to start and play from the beginning. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, and I think he took full opportunity and looked dangerous from the beginning.”

On Luis Landín
“Overall when he holds the ball up, he is a pretty good player for us. Him and Dom [Oduro] are forming a pretty good partnership for us. The more consistent they are holding the ball, the more dangerous they are, and Luis is very good in tight spaces.”


On the game
“It’s great for me. I’m more happy for the team; we needed that win. It was real important to get three points and jump up the table depending on all the results, and now we have to look forward to Philadelphia next week.”

On his first MLS start
“I found out yesterday. For me it didn’t change anything. They continue to show they have confidence in me, and it was important for me to come out and show I can play. It was a team effort, and the three points were huge.”

On his celebration
“It was important for me to celebrate with everyone, because I feel as if everyone contributed to where I am today and where I am going to go in the future.”


On his close-range save late in the game
“Sometimes the ones that come at you are even harder to handle than the ones when you are diving. It’s a tough one to handle, and I would love to catch it clean. You are taught to keep your weight forward in case that happens so you can spring. I got lucky, as the ball ended up finding my hands somehow.”