Oscar Pareja on rout of Seattle: "It was magic tonight"
Colorado Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja following Colorado's 5-1 home win over Seattle:
On statement win on national television:
"First, I’m glad for the players. It’s one of those nights they’ve deserved. It’s been a year so far, and there have been many games where they wanted so badly to perform the way they did tonight in-front of the fans. That was very rewarding. I think that’s the statement. It’s a message to our fans, that have been very supportive, and giving that joy today, that’s why the players are happy."
On what he envisioned coming into the game:
"We have preached all year, and talked about trying to get a good start, and trying to be the team that sets the pace and the tone, especially here in our complex. Today was one of those nights that you always envision that you want to have. It’s rewarding to see this young group perform the way they did in-front of the fans."
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On Deshorn Brown’s performance:
"It was great for him [to get the early goal], and Deshorn needed it as well. Now he’s called to the [Jamaican] National Team. I know his mom was here tonight, and he wanted, tonight, to come and give us this this joy. I spoke to him during the week, and he knew how badly we needed this result. He did excellent at training during the week. Everything came together for Deshorn [Brown] today, and we’re very glad for him."
On opening goal:
"It was [a set play]. It’s a result of the training and the discipline that these guys are putting into the practices. I saw them train this play over and over, and I knew they were going to get it someday and today was the day. We’ve done it [all season]. We just tell them, “you’ve got to keep going, it’s going to come.” The last game with Edson [Buddle] and Atiba [Harris] in the first minute in the second half, I thought it was something similar."
On early pressure from opening whistle:
"It was great to see our team and our players with that attitude. The fans were part of that as well. When I came out to the field and saw the atmosphere and the crowd and everything, that’s what we need here in the park. This result, and the first half, it’s a unified effort from the fans as well. They got into the game right away. It was magic tonight."