Jesse Marsch: “We were playing with half a deck. I’m not going to make excuses.” (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
CHESTER, Pa. — After playing their fifth game in 15 days, Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch had no excuses when his team was eliminated from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Saturday night.
The Red Bulls were ousted by the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, in the Round of 16 match at TalenEnergy Stadium.
“Our guys really went after it and we were operating on fumes,” Marsch said. “We were playing with half a deck. I’m not going to make excuses. Philadelphia got the win. They are moving on and we wish them luck.”
The Red Bulls reached the 2017 final.
Now the Red Bulls will get a week to breath, next playing FC Dallas at Red Bull Arena Saturday.
“I hope everyone gets a chance to get a mental refresher.” captain and goalkeeper Luis Robles said. “It’s good to get a break not only physically but when we get to step away for a few days, it’s a chance to recharge and when you look at the schedule for the rest of the summer, it doesn’t get any easier so we know we need to utilize the next few days and recharge.”