Quotes & Notes: Rapids 1, Timbers 0

Jewsbury: I thought the guys fought throughout the whole 90 minutes

Quotes: Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids

Portland Timbers Quotes

Head coach John Spencer
On Colorado’s attacking pressure:
“I don’t think they were scared to play here. I think they came with a game plan and they felt they were good enough to beat us. They didn’t sit back and they had a couple chances in the first half where we never stopped a cross coming into the box and Troy Perkins makes a couple saves from headers. I thought they came to play. I think near the end they were maybe settling for a tie, but they get that free kick — which I didn’t think was a free kick — and it’s game over.”

On Mamadou "Futty" Danso marking Casey and Danso’s injury:
“I don’t think there was any malicious intent. We pointed out in the pre-game video that (Casey) is a physical player. You have to be physical to play against him and I think Futty, up until the injury, was handling him pretty well.”

Forward Ryan Pore
On his late chances and the game overall:
"They were extremely frustrating. You come on for 10 minutes and you want nothing more than to take three points in front of your home fans and that’s why John (Spencer) put me in there to try to get a late one. I thought we played our best game of the season at home. We moved the ball well, we just weren’t able to score on our chances."

On Colorado's game-winning goal:
"I thought we marked up well, it was just unfortunate that it ricocheted right to one of their guys. Sometimes that’s how the ball bounces and unfortunately it’s not going our way right now."

Midfielder Jack Jewsbury
Overall match thoughts:
“I thought the way we approached the game was great. We had talked about that over and over this week about how we wanted to approach the game and how we wanted to start. I thought for the most part it was good, obviously we had some chances there — quite a few chances that we would’ve liked to at least put one away and get the lead — but that’s the way the game goes. I thought the guys fought throughout the whole 90 minutes and a little unlucky there at the end to give one up and lose the points.”

Colorado Rapids Quotes

Head coach Gary Smith
Overall on the game:
“I thought we covered just about every single quality we needed to tonight. This is an incredibly difficult place to come and play. I think John (Spencer) has done a terrific job of playing to their strengths. They hung around. We always knew there were going to be periods in the game where we would have to show some real fighting spirit. It was an extremely even affair. And in the end – fortunately for us – we found a way, from a wonderful delivery, to get onto some second-phase ball and grab the three points.”

On whether there is a monkey-off-the-back feeling from ending the streak of six straight draws:
“Yes and no. Of course drawing six games on the spin – especially with some home games in there – is something we’d have like to take more advantage of. But all in all, I think we’ve performed well, given some tough circumstances. We’ve had moments in some of our home games where we’ve gone in front and with a little bit more composure we might have just held onto that lead but, all in all, of course, I’m very, very pleased we can keep our unbeaten run going and add a win to that now.”

Defender Drew Moor
On the goal:
“It was a goal-mouth scramble of a lifetime. It just seemed to be in there forever. I think most of the credit goes to Quincy Amarikwa and Caleb Folan; they were rolling around, doing everything they could to put it away. One of those plays where you just stay in the box and try to go to a good spot and fortunately, one of the Portland defenders tried to clear it. I’m not even sure who it was. And it came off of – I believe – Caleb, just right to me. I was just trying to put it on goal. I was tired. I knew they had guys back on the line, and I found a spot where they weren’t. It’s a good feeling.”

On the improvement of Portland compared to First Kick:
“Absolutely. Very different team than what we played on opening night, which you would expect from this point in the season. They’ve definitely come together well. They’ve made this place a fortress, an unbelievable place to come play. This is the kind of place you look forward to coming to play, with the atmosphere and the fans getting behind them. That’s why it’s a huge win for us. This is as big of a win as we’ve probably had all season, because this is such a tough place to come in and get results.”

On the six-game draw streak being over:
“I don’t think it’s relief. Nobody really panicked; nobody thought we were struggling because we were tying games. We were still playing good soccer. It’s still early in the year. We hate giving away points at home. A draw on the road you’re okay with, depending on how the game goes. Six straight ties hardly ever happens, but it’s always nice to get three points, especially on the road.”

Notes:

  • The Timbers wore their “Rose City” kits at JELD-WEN Field for the first time on Saturday against Colorado. It marked the second time this season the Timbers donned their red secondary kits, with the first coming against Seattle Sounders FC on the road May 14.
     
  • Portland defender Futty Danso left the match in the 32nd minute with a left shoulder injury sustained during a collision with Colorado’s Folan as the two battled for a ball in the air. After initial evaluation, he was transported to Providence St. Vincent Hospital for further examination. He is expected to miss the next 2-3 weeks.
     
  • While the Timbers edged the Rapids in total shots 18-15, the Rapids held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.
     
  • The Rapids scored their first goal against a Western Conference team since March 26, ending a streak of 418 minutes without a goal against Western Conference foes.
     
  • The Timbers were shutout at home for the first time in 2011. The Timbers entered Saturday’s match ranked third in MLS for most goals scored at home with 12.
     
  • The Timbers wrapped up their first season series in 2011, facing the Rapids for the second and final time during regular-season play on Saturday.
     
  • Timbers defender Steve Purdy continues his duty with the El Salvador National Team on Sunday as they face Cuba in Chicago in group play of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.