Quotes & Notes | D.C. United 4, Portland Timbers 1 | Aug. 15, 2018

Portland Timbers quotes

Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese

Overall thoughts on the match…
“It was a difficult match. I thought that we had a good first half. We started well. We did a lot of good things. We were compact. We created chances and were moving the ball the right way until we became too casual, and we allowed them to score the goal. In the second half, maybe the guys didn’t come in with the right mentality. At the end, it’s my responsibility, my fault, so I take full blame of this defeat and we have to continue to work. In the second half, they were better than us. They wanted it a little bit more than us and they deserved the victory.”

On the goals that the team conceded…
“Those are the moments that you cannot concede because then the game becomes very difficult and that is moment where you show your mentality. And, I thought that we gave up those two goals and then the game became very difficult. But, as I said before, it’s my responsibility and we have to continue to work.”

On preparing the team for Sporting Kansas City on Saturday…
“We’ll bounce back right after tonight for a tough match against a good team that is having a good momentum as well.”

On Tomás Conechny making his MLS debut…
“It’s good to be able to see him, to get him some minutes and to see what he’s capable of bringing into the game. This is important. We have a lot of players, a lot of good players, so we’re trying to get them minutes to make sure the guys get the experience that they need in order to be able to contribute.”

Portland Timbers forward Samuel Armenteros
Thoughts on the match…
“Thoughts right now are obviously not that positive, it’s hard to feel good after a 4-1 defeat just after the game. Obviously we have to let this one sink in and learn from the wrongs, and there were many in this game. It’s time to be critical, it’s time to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask are we doing everything that can be done for us to take the three points instead of them. So obviously it’s a tough loss, but I’m happy it happens now rather than the week before the playoffs so we can adjust the problems that need to be adjusted before the actual time comes.”

Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara
Thoughts on the match…
“It was a tough match. We tried to score but we made mistakes and obviously today it ended in a tough loss.”

On how they regroup after a tough loss with SKC this weekend…
“We need to fix it. Because we have three days to work on our game and be ready for another game against Kansas City.”

On what stands out about Kansas City…
“We know Kansas is a very good team. We need to be focused on the game plan and be ready for the next game.”

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Notes:

  • Samuel Armenteros scored his eighth goal of the season, ranking second on the team in 2018. 
     
  • Armenteros has a goals-per-90 minutes average of .79, which is the fourth-highest in MLS this season (min. 1,000 minutes played). 
     
  • Sebastián Blanco notched his fifth assist of the season. Midfielder Diego Valeri is the only Timbers’ player to record more assists this season. 
     
  • Andy Polo notched the first assist of his Timbers career. 
     
  • Polo is the ninth player to tally an assist for the Timbers this season and 54th player to record an MLS assist for the Timbers. 
     
  • Tomás Conechny made his Timbers debut in the match. Conechny is the 25th different player to play in an MLS match for the Timbers this season. 
     
  • Audi Field is the 27th different stadium to host the Timbers in an MLS match and 106th stadium to host the Timbers since 1975.   
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