Pareja: "The game didn’t give us what we deserved"

Coach disappointed in elimination from Open Cup

Oscar Pareja looks on from the sidelines

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Colorado Rapids coach Oscar Pareja's post-game comments following the 2-0 loss to Sporting KC in the U.S. Open Cup 4th Round match:

Thoughts on his team’s performance…
"I thought that the game didn’t give us what we deserved for the 90 minutes. We had a silly goal, a self-goal for us. Unfortunately the game didn’t give us what we deserved. The boys fought well during the 90 minutes. We had a team on the field that wanted it to happen and wanted to play. Unfortunately the game became too chippy. There were a lot of fouls in there but I have to recognize that my team tried to play all the time and tried to put things together."

On being without key defenders…
"As coaches we cannot have those as excuses in the game. Obviously it is difficult when you have people that don’t regularly start but today I had people that did the job well. We’re still proud of the fact that the boys played on the field."

On the team’s approach to the match-up…
"First off, I don’t think the game flowed much. There was a foul here and there, we tried to put things together and possess it and build it but we got to the point where we weren’t aggressive in the last third. The game didn’t flow much and we didn’t have the energy all the time. The second half we had better options and we created a few chances that should have ended in the back of the net for us."

On the tactical adjustments at halftime…
"I wanted to take the team high up on the field after the first half. That was the plan and the strategy to let the central backs have the ball and then from there get the ball back in play."