Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1: What was said

Montreal Impact’s Laurent Ciman, right, challenges Atlanta United’s Hector Villalba during first half of an MLS soccer game in Montreal, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Montreal Impact’s Laurent Ciman, right, challenges Atlanta United’s Hector Villalba during first half of an MLS soccer game in Montreal, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

What was said following Atlanta United’s game at Montreal on Saturday:

ATLANTA UNITED MANAGER GERARDO MARTINO

On the red card:

“No comment.”

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On the third red card in six games:

“Excessive maybe, not strange, but a little excessive.”

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On if Atlanta United was controlling the game before the red card:

“There was a lot of advantage in our favor.”

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On Tyrone Mears’ injury:

“It’s an ankle injury. We will see the severity of it.”

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On Kenwyne Jones’ first start:

“He played a very good game. I thought he put in really good effort, even in addition to the goal. I think the whole team played well with different styles of play (comparing first half to second half). The whole team put in a good effort.”

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On the difference between Jones compared to the other forwards:

“We can look to play more long balls to him. He’s a completely different forward than what Josef (Martinez) brings. Kenwyne is really physical. He’s great at holding the ball up and also good in the air.”

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On if the red card will be appealed:

“That’s a decision from the front office.”

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On Mark Bloom’s first start:

“He played well. He found out this morning that he would start. It was his turn to go up against Piatti, who is their most dangerous player, attacking-wise.”

KENWYNE JONES

On his first goal this season:

“It was bittersweet obviously. We didn’t get the result that we came for. Of course it’s good to score your first goal. At the same time, coming in on the back of a loss it’s not so well received.”

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On his celebration:

“I’ve been doing that for some years now. Of course it’s a special moment to score your first goal so it meant a lot.”

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On next week’s game:

“We just have to buckle back down and try to consolidate. Again we lost someone today. It’s a bit disappointing that we keep getting those calls going against us. We will go back and work and prepare for next week.”

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“We’ve been getting, I think in my opinion, some rough calls against us. Being away from home I’m happy with the way we still fought until the end. We didn’t get the result in the end.”

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“When you really look at the red cards, are they really red cards, you know? We have those decisions going against us, but we have to find a way to eliminate that happening and try and keep all 11 men on the field.”

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MARK BLOOM

On his first start:

“I found out this morning. It’s actually funny, my first MLS start I found out the same way, a couple of hours before the start. It’s your job to always be ready and always be prepared.”

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On how to prepare for Piatti:

“It’s best to not think (about it). My first start was against Red Bull and I was marking (Thierry) Henry. It was one of those things that it’s probably better not to know, and to just go out and play. You don’t worry about the things you can’t control and worry about what you can control and that’s preparing and going everything you can to do well.”

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GREG GARZA

“It was an unfortunate loss. We managed the game well after the unfortunate call and the penalty kick. It’s a tough loss for us. We will go home with our heads down but we did enough work to know that we have big things to come in the future. It’s one game to forget.”

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On playing with 10 men:

“It’s tough. You don’t lose a bit of a confidence, but it’s hard to get through. We did a wonderful job last game against Toronto. We had a bit more time to get through that. Overall we did a pretty good job.”

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On three red cards in six games:

“It is what it is. I’m new to this league as well so I’m getting used to everything that’s going on. Very unfortunate calls. I think that, especially the last two games, the referees can go over the replays and see that we all make mistakes, we’re all human beings, so they can get together in their little groups and see the mistakes they made.”

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On if the loss of Tyrone Mears affected the communication on the defense:

“Not at all. I think everyone on this team. We are a deep team. Everyone is ready to play when their name is called. Mark Bloom did a wonderful job against a top-notch player like Piatti. Unfortunate result for us..”

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On if the team works in practice on playing a man down:

“We might start having to, right? Every game looks like a game where we have to suffer pretty long periods of the game like that. It’s not something we are used to. Hopefully it won’t be something that holds on to us for the rest of the season. Just a bit of bad luck.”

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MONTREAL’S CHRIS DUVALL, AN ATLANTA NATIVE

“It’s a beautiful thing to grow up in a city that I love and to see them have so much success. To get to step on the field with them is an amazing thing. I grew up watching the Silverbacks play, to have a real MLS team here is an amazing feeling for me.”

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