Dillon Serna on U.S. Open Cup match vs. Switchbacks, netting the winning goal

Following the Colorado Rapids' 1–0 defeat over the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Dillon Serna talked about the match, his game winning goal and more.

(Editors note: The following answers have been edited for length and clarity.)


On the goal…

It was a corner kick, they headed it, cleared it out and I’m at the top of the box and my job is just not to let them get a counterattack. I just hit it, it took a deflection and went in so I’m pretty happy with that.

On using his right foot for the goal…

Yeah, like I said my job was just to not let them counter, so if that ball went twenty yards over the goal, I did my job and we can get organized, so I was lucky enough that it went in.

On if the team was getting frustrated up until the goal…

Yeah, they were a good team. They were well organized and tough to break down, so we were a bit frustrated. We had some really good chances that we didn’t put away. We haven’t had a game in a while, so it was good to get some minutes back in the game. We were a bit frustrated at halftime coming in, but I think we were patient and we finally got one.

On how they were instructed to play…

They were different, they were sitting behind the ball pretty deep. Like I said, they were well organized so we had to be patient, we had a lot of the ball and we had a lot of chances. The message at halftime was just keep going and be patient and it’ll come, and it finally did.

On so few subs and how to deal with that…

Yeah, some of our guys had some time to rest, they had the night off, but we knew the guys on the field were going to be able to get it done no matter who stepped out there. We’ve been really thin during the regular season with 13, 14 guys so it was no different tonight.


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