Oscar Pareja post-game interview

Oscar Pareja praises discipline, concentration and 'huge performance' in win over Crew

Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja's post-game comments following 2-0 win in Columbus:

On the game:

"First thing I have to say the boys were very disciplined today. We were very concentrated on the job. Defensively was a huge performance. Solid. I saw the team growing a lot. Now we managed the game very well. We took advantage of the opportunities we had. And we played against a good team as well. So everything came well for us."

On Edson Buddle’s recent form:

"It’s a nice player we have been waiting for. The guy [Buddle], he knows what to do in the box. The one he put the ball in the back of the net and made everything look better. Definitely today, his second goal, first one of the game was huge; gave us a lot of confidence and that created some room for us to do other stuff. So when you have someone who puts the ball in the back of the net everything looks better."

On Nathan Sturgis:

"Yeah Nathan had a tremendous performance today. The discipline, the cleanness that he had with his feet; he is the one who started plays from that spot of the field. And then sometimes when you see a team knocking the ball around somebody had to start it and somebody had to have the personality to do it and Nathan was that guy today."

On limiting Crew chances in the area:

"We want to force them to play the long ball. We knew that sometimes these type of games don’t give you that many chances but fortunately we were in a position that some parts of the game we could finish. The options we had today we took advantage of and we finished and that made a huge difference in the game."

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