Rapids 2, United 1 -- quote sheet

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2004 - COL 2, DC 1


On the game:
"Obviously a big night for a lot of reasons. Great for the fans, we had jersey night giveaways, it was one of the largest crowds of all time and most important it is a crowd that allowed us to showcase the Rapids and hopefully entertain enough for them to come back. The crowd had a lot of energy which made the atmosphere a great one."

On the establishing an MLS with 16 consecutive home undefeated games:
"From the standpoint of setting a new league record, which I believe is the first one for our organization, it's been over a year since we lost in our stadium that one of our players just referred to as "The Fortress", which is a pretty good name for it. To set that record is a remarkable goal for the guys. 16 games without a loss is something to be proud about."


On his assist and establishing a new franchise scoring record (101 points)
"The most important record for me is the franchise one. It is a great honor to be able to establish a new personal record, but it is more important to put the Rapids name in the MLS records book."

On the game:
"It is good to win at home and know that we have a good home field advantage here at Invesco. We have had a couple of draws that should have been wins, but it seems that the ball is finally bouncing our way."


On the game:
"I'm very proud of this team, they fought hard all the way to the end of the match. They did everything they could to win this game and at the end of the day it is very frustrating to come up with a result like this. We need to go back and look at what we did wrong and simply correct it."

On his decision to start Troy Perkins:
"Everyone has the chance to play, if you work hard and show it in practice then you are going to get your chance to play. Troy played well and none of the two goals were his fault."


On the game:
"We knew coming into the game that it was going to be a though game, they (Rapids) are undefeated at home. We knew we had to work hard for it especially with most of our starters out. We knew it was going to be a huge test for us. We started off a little slow but picked it up as the game went on and we were just a little unfortunate hitting the post like tree times. We have to suck it up and work on the next game against New England."

On his one-on-one vs. Joe Cannon:
"I got caught up by surprise on the long ball ... I thought for a second that I was offside but I wasn't so that slowed me a little bit. That is a lesson that I learned and next time I'm just going to keep on going until I hear the whistle blow. The defender was able to catch up with me and knock me off balance right before I took the shot."


On his overall thoughts on the game:
"Overall I think we fought for the game, we fought hard as a team, we battled, just some things didn't go our way. A couple calls here and there, but we can't be disappointed in ourselves we fought hard and that is what we are looking for right now."

On making his professional debut and making his first start:
"I didn't sleep much last night, so I'm a little excited, but I thought that I did all right, did well, no big mistakes so I am pretty happy with myself."


On his thoughts on United's overall play
"I think in the first half we had that lapse in the beginning, nothing big. We got off to a slow start, but overall I didn't think that we did too bad we could have been better definitely."

On making his first career MLS start:
"I think my individual defending isn't where it was when I last left it off, but I felt a lot better in the second half. I got better as the game went on, hopefully I can just improve on the second half."

On playing in front of a large crowd:
"This is probably the most fans that I have played in front of for a while, if not ever. So it was good."

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