What they said: Colorado at Toronto FC
Pablo Mastroeni, Rapids Head Coach
On if he’s pleased getting two straight road wins:
Absolutely, more importantly I’m happy with the performance. We set out to play a decent brand of soccer. It’s a credit to characters on the field, finding ways to get these results. The game of soccer is thinking on your feet as you get going and making adjustments on the field as you see fit as players. They’ve taken that responsibility and really found ways to get results in really difficult places to play.
On the difficulty of playing on this field:
There were only a few spells of decent soccer being played out there. The rest of it was grit, rolling up your sleeves, second balls and battles. That’s what I said to the guys going in. This game is not going to be about soccer, it’s going to be about determination and will and fight and getting those second balls and shielding and putting balls in dangerous spots. We were up against a good team and the effort was tremendous and it’s definitely a performance to build on.
On taking Torres out in the second half:
The way I’ve looked at this whole season is a process. I look at the big picture. He’s coming off a 90 minute performance on turf. Coming here the field is heavy. We had Edson [Buddle] who didn’t play last week. So what I’m trying to do is get the guys rest and prepared for the next week as well.
Drew Moor, Colorado Rapids defender
On the performance:
Yeah, I think [it’s good] any time you can go on the road and get three points against a good Toronto side. I think we played well today. They really threw everything they had at us. But a lot of character shown from the guys in our locker room. That’s kind of been a theme for us early in the season. This is something to build on for sure.
On the Toronto absences:
I think their depth was tested today. I’d be lying if I said when we saw the team sheet, that it didn’t make us a little more hungry. Obviously the guys that stepped in did well. Gilberto is a handful, especially up there with De Rosario. Toronto is a good team, which makes earning these three points that much tougher and feel that much better.