Pareja: Lack of intensity set the tone in loss

Coach credits very good LA team for causing problems Friday night

Oscar Pareja shouts instructions in LA

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Colorado Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja following the team's 2-0 loss to the Galaxy in LA:
 
On the strength of the Galaxy:
“They have a very good team, and there are certain players that can give you different difficulties. That’s talent, and I have to respect that.”
 
On where Colorado struggled:
“I don’t think we had a good start in the game, I think the first 15 minutes it was a lack of intensity and that set the tone for part of the half. And when you’re chasing the game, and it happened to us during the season, when you’re chasing the game it’s difficult. But I thought a lack of intensity, I would say, in the first 15 minutes, that set the tone of the game for us. They had a couple chances, so to me, that’s the point for us and that was the start of the game. I didn’t see the urgency and the concentration and the intensity that I used to see with this team. I think we faced a very good team and when you’re giving those lapses of time, they take advantage of it, and that makes it difficult for you.”
 
On struggling for chances against the Galaxy defense:
“It’s a team where they are always reacting to you, and the difficulties that we have when it’s 1-0 and then we started like ‘right now is the time to go.’ With a team like Galaxy what you’re going to give up is space and time because you get unorganized, and I was disappointed with the start of the game.”
 
On the Galaxy defense and being shut out:
“It’s a team that has very very good players. Perhaps if we could have been sharper in the box in the second half that couldn’t have happened, because in the second half we had some options and maybe we can balance the game there because we had a couple clear options to score.”
 
On Conor Casey:
“Conor came in and like Omar I thought he gave us some spark there. You know with Conor that he moves a strong body there, that he gives you a lot of soccer when he receives the ball and he was dangerous in the box. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to score on the option that he had but he and Omar came and created problems for the Galaxy.”
 
On maybe adding Omar or Conor to starting lineup:
“It has been a roller coaster during the whole season with players and we’re trying to get some consistency there but we’ll see.”