Pareja: Today we finally found the net
Colorado Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja following the team's 3-0 win over Portland:
General thoughts on the win:
"When we spoke to the players before the game, we were looking to have them face the game with special concentration and attention. The boys have been creating options for many games, and we couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. In the end, the goals give you the points and the results. Today, we finally found the net. It was something very positive. We're very proud of the young guys because they came in and helped us."
On the importance of getting that second goal:
"It didn't happen much during the season for us where we had the accuracy and the precision to score goals, but today it was very good that we scored the first one early, and then we came out with the second goal before halftime. With the second goal, the guys could play with more confidence."
On being eight points behind Vancouver with six games to go:
"It’s there [the opportunity to make the playoffs] for the people that want to push. One of the things that I have seen from this group is that I haven't seen this group quit for one minute."
On the play of Tony Cascio:
"Tony had a very good game in Portland as well. He brings that energy. He gets himself in positions to score very easily. Finally he put the ball back in the net, and early in the game he hit the post. Those are highlights for him."
On Shane O'Neill's pro debut:
"Very proud and happy for Shane. I thought he was waiting for this opportunity. I know this has been a special day for the club, it's been a special day for Shane, his family, his coaches, the people who have been around him."