Martin Rivero: "I'm still missing a little bit of rhythm"

Midfielder made his first start in three months in loss at Portland

Martin Rivero

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Colorado Rapids midfielder Martin Rivero following 1-0 road loss at Portland:

On the team’s performance:
"We were just missing a little bit more of the game play, we just needed to be a little further up the field and get more opportunities. We were playing against a rival that has a good defense and I think we didn't allow them very many options on goal. Overall, we played a very good game."

On the team’s place in the Western Conference playoff race:
"We just have to take these two weeks to work really hard. We can't think about this game that just went by, we just have to think about Seattle. They are three really important points that we have to keep in our house. We've got these two weeks to train as hard as we can and get the points out of our next game."

On making his first start since June:
"I felt pretty good, I felt good in my lungs, I think I'm still missing a little bit of rhythm. But it was good to be out there with my teammates again and now just getting back into the rhythm of the game but I'm satisfied with the game I was able to play and I think they had very few options (opportunities) other than the goal. We left everything on the field like always. And now we just have to look forward and think about the next game."