Pareja: You've got to put the ball in the back of the net, or you pay for it
Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja following the Rapids 2-3 loss at FC Dallas.
On the game:
"Weird game for me. I thought we started well and created the ability to be up at the half by two or three, to be honest with you. That's what the game is. You've got to put the ball in the back of the net, and if you don't do it, then you pay for it. I think that is exactly what happened. FC Dallas took advantage of the mistakes we had in the last five minutes of the first half, which was disappointing because we had the game in control at that time. The second half, I thought it was a pretty level game. We were more aggressive, but unfortunately couldn't get a goal. I thought it was a game that people enjoyed because it was competitive. For us, we are obviously disappointing that we weren't able to get te points in a moment where we need points."
On the physicality of the game:
"You know me very well, I'm a precision-oriented coach. When you don't have the ball on the ground and make it that way, I'm not happy. Sometimes the game becomes that way in those moments. It was very chippy, both ways. It came like that, and the game didn't flow much. It was fall here, fall there, fall here, fall there. We tried to get over it, but I didn't like that."
On the importance of Dallas gk Kevin Hartman's big save in the first half:
"It changed the game. In the first half, we should have been leading the game by two or three to zero. Hartman did a good job of just keeping FC Dallas in the game. I thought he was huge."
On the four goals scored by Colombians in the game (Castrillon for Colorado, and Fabian Castillo, Jair Benitez, and David Ferreira for FC Dallas):
"I liked the last one from [Jaime] Castrillon. They are very competitive, great kids, good footballers and good people. We always send them the best. When these things come against you though, you don't enjoy them too much."