Gary Smith, Rapids Head Coach
On defending the Cup:
“Very pleased. I think the group was pleased to get the first game under their belts and get some points on the board. I think we always knew it would be a tough game and one or two of the goals in the first half were a little fortuitous. The ball broke our way but we took nice advantage of it and of course Jamie’s goal was a wonderful strike. Second period was also competitive, to be expected. Portland are a well organized and well equipped group, and I think as you see this season unfold you’re going to see a very strong team.”
On his coaching methods:
“I felt there was always maybe an opening for them with two guys there’s always an ability to open that game up again and get themselves back on the ball and give them a little inspiration. I didn’t want happen. I could see that there was some energy and fire in them during that second period. And I’m sure John will be disappointed but there were a lot of good things in their group and I’m very pleased to get the three points in the game.”
Jeff Larentowicz, Rapids Midfielder
On the first game of the season:
“We didn’t know what to expect but in the end it looked like a lot of what we were doing at the end of last season at home. We jumped on them early and we didn’t let them up.
On the goal and Omar Cummings’ setup:
“Yah he always does all the work. He created the chance and there was a deflection somewhere around the goalkeeper he might have gotten a hand on it and I just got the last touch on it."
Jamie Smith, Rapids Midfielder
On the third goal of the game:
“I was just having a shot. The difference between the goal and the shot I had in the second half was the first one I didn’t take a touch and just hit it first time and I don’t think the keeper had time to set himself and prepare for it. It’s a good way to start the season. More importantly we got the three points.”
On the setup of the goal:
“I couldn’t even tell you how I shot it. I thought I just had the goal and hit the back of the net.”