Smith: DC win "a very tough game"

Gary Smith on the 4-1 victory over D.C.

Commerce City, Colo. (April 3, 2011) - Colorado Rapids head coach Gary Smith reacts to the Colorado Rapids 4-1 win over D.C. United on a snowy April evening (transcription below video):

On the game overall…

“I think the score actually flatters a little bit. It was a very tough game for a large portion of the 90 minutes. There was one big moment and that was the second goal that we got. I think that shift after some pressure from DC gave us a bit more of a footing to go on and win the game so comfortably. But for a good period of the game, D.C. gave as good as they’ve got. They scored at a good time to get themselves back into the game and that second goal from Jamie Smith was probably the most important moment of the game.”

On D.C. United’s play…

“They had a good spell before their goal and I could sense it a little on the line. I thought maybe they had the momentum to go on and possibly win the game. We were on the rack a little bit, so to strike back so quickly was the most important moment in the game.”

"The game is all about getting on top of team, having the momentum, and having the positive energy. There can be a lot of negative energy defending and just getting your body in the way of shots and crosses. But positive energy gets you back on the front foot again and gets you attacking their goal, and that goal certainly gave us that."

On Caleb Folan’s performance…

“I imagine its exciting for him, and it's even more exciting for me and the team. He’s a wonderful man. He’s been a really good addition to the group and I think we’re only just starting to see what he’s capable of. He’s physically so well equipped; he’s got pace, he’s got power, and as we’ve seen tonight, he can finish as well.”

On the depth in the roster…

“The only disappointment, and probably only one of the night, is that Conor looks like he’s pulled his hamstring. My job is to pick the right team. I’ve got good players and if I get my part of the deal right, I’ll pick the team that’s the right one to win as many games as possible. And if I don’t do my job properly, I’ll pick the wrong team and we’ll get beat. But at the moment we’re moving in a nice direction the choices are good.”