Pareja: Team showed character to bounce back
Colorado Rapids coach Oscar Pareja following a 3-0 win over Portland.
On if this was a must win game:
"When you lose two games in a row, you feel that and you have to bounce back. I think the group has been working well enough to believe that they will do it. To be quite honest, the way I saw the team training this week, we were not too stressed about it. I thought the boys showed it on the field with a lot of composure and patience. This is a team that is growing. I'm very pleased with the effort that they put forth, especially because they showed me during the week that they have the character to bounce back from those hard moments."
On whether this was the best game he's seen from his team this season.
"The sensation when you score three goals at home and then you see players come in like Conor [Casey], like Jamie Smith and Omar [Cummings], you may rate it as one of the best games. And obviously we as a coaching staff, our job sometimes is not to see all those positive things, but see where we can get better. Certainly today was a magic night."
On Conor Casey and Omar Cummings fitness and form:
"They're getting there. Omar, I thought, was great tonight. He's still carrying a little bit of pain, and you can tell sometimes he doesn't feel 100%, but he came in and did the job. Same with Conor. Conor is getting the timing with all the players. Conor has not played much with a couple of guys that came this year. So all those things make me think there is a lot of room to keep growing."