D.C. United 4, Colorado Rapids 2 | Postgame Quotes

Mastroeni: “We found our way in to this and it’s about character to find our way out.”

Jared Watts vs. D.C. United

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Colorado Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni
On the overall match
We were good for about 12 to 13 minutes and we give up a soft goal. Bad giveaway, bad defending, but to be fair it was a good finish, and now we are chasing the game again. This is a position we have found ourselves in the last couple games. We find a way back in to the game and then a calamity of errors in the back, all through the midfield and up front. Defensively we were just not sharp and at this level, and with the kind of players these guys have, they punched us tonight.

On the defensive mishaps being due to injuries to the back line
Listen, we have a team here. The guys that are in there are in there because they can play. I’m making no excuses for the guys on the field and I don’t expect them to make any excuses. I expect them to go in and figure out what you need individually to show up and make a difference.

At this moment I think confidence is low. Especially when you are conceding the way we are, you begin to anticipate that and I think lack of confidence is an issue. The only way in life to find that is to sit with yourself and be quiet. You can’t instill that in people, that comes from within. Like I said, we found our way in to this and it’s about character to find our way out.

On what he looks for with a quick turnaround and a game on Wednesday
Really, just a renewed mindset. A fresh let's go out and get it and play the game the right way. A sense of urgency to get on the scoreboard first and to play the game the right way. Defend the right way, understand what situation is dangerous, which isn’t, reactions, all the little things that helped us to get some results early in the year we need that back. It has nothing to do with tactics and technique, it has to do with a spirit and going out there and accomplishing something. Again that comes from within, and we have a quick turnaround so that’s what we anticipate for Wednesday.

Colorado Rapids defender Jared Watts
On coming in after an early goal and Moor getting taken off
It’s unfortunate to see our captain go out with an injury. I just wanted to go in and play to the best of my ability. I played a little center back in college and I wanted to do simple things like win 50-50 balls, and communicate, organize and try to get things locked up in the back. Unfortunately a couple of mistakes made it difficult on ourselves and we weren’t good enough back there tonight and we let a couple in.

On Dillon Serna’s goal
It was just a fantastic goal by him. For me it was just a 50-50 ball, I went in to win the header, luckily it went behind their defense and he looked up and scored an unreal goal and got us back in the game. Unfortunately we couldn’t hold on to it and we kind of let that one slip. It’s tough.

On the quick turnaround for Wednesday’s game
It’s tough. We are in a tough spot not getting a point in four games. I think we just got to find it inside. We’re giving up too many goals and not giving ourselves a chance. If we’re going to give ourselves a chance we can’t give up simple goals and make bad mistakes. It starts in the back. We have to clean it up, we know. Especially a midweek game against LA Galaxy; it’s going to be tough. We need to find a way, any way we can.