Pareja: Momentum is a collective effort, with the fans, with the players
Colorado Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja following the 2-1 home win over New England:
On the performance in the second half:
"I saw the team who wanted to bounce back in the game. I saw the team that had that urgency, when we make a throw in, when we had a corner, when we do a restart. You have to tell the fans that you are urgent to win at home, and I didn’t see it in the first half. In the second half we saw it, and that momentum is a collective effort, with the fans, with the players, and the game rewards you. I saw that chemistry between the fans and the players in the second half due to that."
On starting the second half with Atiba Harris subbed in for Hendry Thomas:
"Making the substitution, taking out one of our best players, it was a tactical move [to] give us more mobility. We were going to sacrifice the way we get the ball back in the middle, then we would have another presence up front with Atiba. I thought it worked well."
On Dillon Powers’ game:
"Dillon has been very consistent, and that’s one of the things that we are very proud [of] within the club, to have a young guy who has such a personality, and bringing that every game. So he’ll keep growing. He knows that he has a long way to go, but he’s mature enough to have that consistency now, game after game, and we’re very pleased with the way he’s playing."
On the rookies, with the Rapids’ Deshorn Brown and Dillon Powers and New England’s Andrew Farrell:
"I think our boys are leading that one. I have to be honest. I think they’re doing a tremendous job. I respect what Farrell is doing there, and I don’t want to make any stupid comparisons at this point, but if you ask me, I have to say the truth. I think Deshorn and Powers need to be highlighted and they need to be rewarded, because sometimes we don’t get that. The young boys are doing a great job in the club."
On Nick LaBrocca:
"I thought he was excellent. He’s the player that we were looking at at the beginning of the season, and we know that Nick can do that, because he has experience and has a lot of talent. Today was one of those games where Nick stepped up and gave us what we needed, so I’m very happy for him."