Scott Palguta vs Sporting KC in Open Cup
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Palguta frustrated in giving up soft goals

Colorado Rapids center back Scott Palguta following loss to Sporting KC in U.S. Open Cup:

On Colorado’s performance in a 2-0 loss…
"I thought our back four was pretty solid throughout the night. They didn’t give us too many problems through the run of play. It’s very frustrating because the goals we seem to be conceding against (Sporting KC) have been our fault. Going back to last year, they’ve scored two goals on us in four straight games, and they seem to be soft goals that can be avoided."

On Sporting Kansas City’s strengths…
"They’re very dangerous in set pieces, and they do a good job getting on the end of loose balls. Sometimes you create your own luck. If you’re scrappy and opportunistic like they are, you’re hard to beat. It’s just frustrating for us because we don’t feel like we played that bad. At halftime we felt like we were in a decent position. We knew we had let in a goal we shouldn’t have given up, but we were confident. We had a fighting attitude and thought we could pull a goal back."

On playing in a physical game…
"There were a lot of fouls, but I don’t mind the physicality. (Sporting KC) is probably the most physical team in the league. They’re big across the board. They’ve got a very strong back four, and Sapong and Bunbury are big guys who can throw their weight around a little bit."