Oscar Pareja on loss at Portland: We played a team that was effective

Coach said it was 'painful' to give up lead after strong start to the match

Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja following 3-0 loss at Portland:

On the match overall:
“I thought it was a very competitive match for us. We just played a team that was effective. I think that every time they stuck one in the box, they put one in the back of the net.”

On how the Timbers’ offensive efficiency affected them:
“At the end of the day, we have to be able to score goals, because if we don’t, when you play a team like Portland that takes six shots and scores three goals, you’re not going to compete against that.”

On the effect of Will Johnson’s goal right before halftime:
“To have a performance like we had and then suddenly go to the locker room and we were losing 2-0, it was painful. But in the end, though, what you deserve doesn’t matter in this game.”

On the youth along the Rapids’ backline, which included the first MLS start for defender German Mera:
“The youth could have had an effect for sure, but I think German [Mera] did a good job. I think he came into the game today and showed a lot of personality, so certainly he is going to help us.”