The Red Bulls were surprisingly knocked out of the 2010 play-offs by San Jose Earthquakes on November 4 and Backe admits that the loss still hurts although he is already looking forward to 2011.
"I can live with it after one, two or three days. But it's just getting worse; when you're close, everybody wants to win it, with the draw and the homefield advantage,'' Backe told the NY Post. "But I just get the feeling from the first leg when we looked very solid and seven days later we dropped.
"Physically, it's impossible to drop so much. I think its mentality, that you're not really ready for the big games. We showed up, but in some decisive moments we looked nervous and our decision-making was not the same. It's disappointing. It's been a good year but not a great year, so we just have to look forward and try to come back stronger for next year. But it still hurts for me personally.''
The Swedish tactician admitted he will look at strengthening his roster for next term by adding some defensive reinforcements as well as a new striker.
"We just have to look at the back, strengthen the back four and the attacking position,'' Backe added. "Our midfield seems to be very strong, so on both ends. I just think we have to be stronger not only in one (defensive) position but it could be two.''