Oscar Pareja

Pareja: Credit to players who dominated despite result

Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja following the team's 1-0 loss at Portland

Overall thoughts on the game:
“I have to give credit to my players. I think for long stretches of the game I thought they dominated. We have said this many times this season and to get points we need to score goals. When the other team takes the opportunity that they have and that’s the way the game comes to us. But, I thought the boys were organized, they pushed the game all the time and were looking all the time to play soccer on the field, but once again we came out with a very disappointing result.”

Thoughts on playing Portland again so soon next Wednesday:
“At the moment we’re fighting for every game. It’s a quick turnaround for us and we’re looking forward to having them at home because there’s no doubt the boys were much better today. I have said many times and I don’t want to repeat it because it’s a lesson we don’t seem to learn - opportunities come and we have to score. It looks like something is missing on that final touch, that final pass and be accurate and finish. That will change the story of the games, it will change obviously the results. We end up again counting how many times we could have scored. But as professionals the only thing we have is to keep working and take what the game can give us.”

Thoughts on the atmosphere in his first visit to JELD-WEN Field:
“Remarkable. It’s fantastic and I think in every franchise, what we saw today was the fans and that’s the way the league is going. The desire and the passion the people are putting into the game, it just changes what the perception can be throughout the world. With MLS growing this much, especially for us, who have been here since the beginning, it has changed to the point that it is fantastic.”