Edson Buddle vs Portland on March 30, 2013
Bart Young / Colorado Rapids

Buddle talks about making his Rapids debut

Colorado Rapids Forward Edson Buddle made his Rapids debut in 2-2 draw with Portland:

On his first game with the Rapids:

"Today, my first game back, I felt like it was my first game back. A little unfit, not as explosive, repetitive running as I’d like to do. I think the guys behind me did a great job of filling on the space for me, the ground I couldn’t cover. I think staying compact as a team, as a unit, knowing when to pressure, that helped as well."

On whether he felt match fit:

"Not at all. That’ll come. I kind of put a little pressure on myself to be match fit, I think we just have to take it for it is: it’s my first game back. Just got to work at it, each and every day."

On how he felt during the 60 minutes he played:

"I feel okay, I feel healthy – my knee held up pretty good. One time in the first half where I had one push-off I kind of felt it wasn’t as strong as I want it to be> But I think that will come with time. But overall, I feel good."

On his chemistry with Tony Cascio up top:

"It was good. I was talking to him throughout the game. He’s good, easy to play with. Everything with him, the pace is good, and holding up the ball. I think it worked out well today. I was able to find him a couple times in behind which is a good sign."

On the performance of the younger guys:

"I see them day in and day out in training. I expect these things to transfer over into the game. Dillon’s been great since I’ve arrived here and Tony is creative in training. He just has to transfer that over into the game and I think that will come with confidence. So hopefully that will give Tony a little more confidence to do some of the things I’ve seen him do in training."

On whether the goal play was something they practiced in training:

"Well on the goal, I was able to hold the ball up and play the ball back. I think the ball might have went wide off of a shot or something. And Dillon wants the ball, it’s a good sign for a young guy to want the ball at all times. I saw him, I didn’t actually look at him, but I took a glance and put the ball where he needed it and it was a good shot on target and found the back of the net."