Marsch: Vancouver ‘Deserved the Win’



Jesse Marsch was did not mince words after the Vancouver Whitecaps eliminated the New York Red Bulls in their quarterfinal series of the CONCACAF Champions League.

They “deserved the win,” Marsch said late Thursday night at BC Place after Vancouver’s 2-0 victory completed a 3-1 aggregate win.

“They deserved the win and to move on in many ways because I think they were up for the challenge,” Marsch said. The Whitecaps will face Mexico’s Tigres in the semifinals. “They made the game ugly at some points but they showed how much they were willing to fight for every play and we didn’t meet that standard enough.”

New York was hit early and often in Vancouver, first by Alphonso Davies’ early goal and then by Gonzalo Verón’s injury. Both happened fewer than 10 minutes into the game. Still, New York had opportunities. The Red Bulls dominated possession with more than 70 percent of the ball; but registered only two shots on goal.

“We’ve got to get over the disappointment of how the game went,” Marsch said, looking ahead to the team’s MLS regular-season opener at Atlanta United on Sunday. “We’ve got to have a chip on our shoulder a little bit for coming up so short and losing the edge physically. We’ll have to make sure that when we go to Atlanta, with all the different things that we’ll try to emphasize and what that game will be about, that we’re up to physically put more into it.”

New York had an unsettled preseason with players called away on national duty and others away at times for personal reasons, which kept the team from training with a full complement.