Pareja: We made a mistake and we paid for it

Coach pleased with performance, rookies despite costly error that cost the match

Oscar Pareja at FC Dallas on March 2, 2013

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Colorado Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja following the opening night 1-0 loss at FC Dallas. The Rapids surrendered a goal in the 11th minutes off a goalkeeper mistake and Dallas sat back to the tune of Colorado holding a 62-38 percentage in time of possession, but couldn't equalize:

How do you assess tonight’s game?

"I thought we were the best team on the field from the first minute to 90 full minutes. But we made a mistake and we paid for it. I don’t really remember another [scoring threat FC Dallas had] after that. I’m very proud of the boys. The goal was a mistake but I’m very proud of the team and very happy with the performance. The guys played very well today and created options. We dictated tempo. We were all over."

What did you think of the rookies?

"You want to have the result but with this philosophy that we have here we’re not afraid to throw the young guys in there because they deserve it. I thought the performance today by Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown was great."

On playing in Dallas…

"I don’t want to say every game is the same but I’ve settled into a rhythm. Every game has different moments or aspects to it. Having spent a lot of time in Dallas, as both a coach and as a player... I always enjoy coming back here."