Pareja: The boys wanted the Cup and the Cup is back home
Colorado Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja following 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake:
On his emotions after the home draw:
"Proud. I am very proud about the players and the team that I saw competing today was great. We had a lot of character today despite just giving away two goals too easily and all what happened during the game but I thought the second half the boys showed what they want and the fans and everybody supporting. At this point I’m very proud about this group of players."
On winning the Cup:
"It’s important. The Cup is important. We knew what this game meant for our fans and our organization. We wanted the three points and I thought, honestly, we deserved it. It was with the performance of [Nick] Rimando and I understand now why Rimando is on the [U.S.] National Team, he was outstanding today so congratulations to him for his performance. But that says a lot about what our team put into the field. The Cup, we take it with a lot of joy because our fans and the club want it and we keep working because we wanted the three points and now we need to go get it somewhere else."
On consistent positive results against Salt Lake:
"The boys wanted the Cup and the Cup is back home and we are happy. It’s not in Salt Lake, it’s in Colorado. And it’s going to stay here for long. That’s what matters today, we’re going to get the points that we missed today because we deserve the three points, but I want the boys to enjoy that Cup because it means a lot for us, for the club, for the boys, for the players, for the fans and now the Cup is back home so we’re happy for that. We’ll see how it goes against Chivas but once again the Cup is back here and we are happy."
On Jaime Castrllón’s game-tying goal:
"He called it. During the week he told me a few times, “I’m going to score this Saturday,” and he said… “I want to fight for this team, I feel ready.” He told me a few times this week, “I’m going to call it, I’m going score on Saturday, the winning goal,” and he did score, it was great."
On coming back after the delay with a PK at hand:
"We asked them to have composure in the second half and in those twenty-five minutes that were left when the game stopped because it was a little hectic with all the emotions and cutting the game and everything so we wanted to have a team that has composure and calmness. We didn’t want just to keep messing up because I didn’t like things that happened in the first half. The team showed that we could be patient and get back to the game if they score. We were prepared for them to not scoring a goal or scoring. We were preparing the team mentally for anything to happen after the PK. The second half I wanted to highlight the second half was a very good half, probably one of our best halves."