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Rapids react to home loss to Sounders; defender calls goal "just a lucky break"

Defender Chris KluteOn the match:I think maybe the first half we came out slow, maybe a little bit unorganized. Second half was much better though, I think we outplayed them. We had our chances and we just didn’t put them away.

On the Sounders’ goal:I think it was just a lucky break. They got an open [shot] and Clint blocked it, and the man happened to be there and just put it away. It was just unfortunate I guess, the right place at the right time.

On attacking down the left side:When I see open space I like to take it, to help the team go forward. Today it was open a lot, so I definitely tried, we were down 1-0 early on, so I definitely tried to make up for that and give us more chances in the second half.

Coach Oscar ParejaOn the match:Disappointed. Nothing else we can say about a game that I thought we controlled. A few mistakes there in the first half gave them the chance to lead the game, and then it was hard for us to react. We said this before, and I’m thinking like I’m saying this over and over, but they created chances and we couldn’t equalize. But it was a good effort for the players, I have to say that. The players tried very hard today, especially in the second half, in a game that was adverse in many senses, and we came out with no points.

On if his team was unlucky:I do believe in one thing: it’s work. I don’t believe in anything else. I don’t think it’s good luck or bad luck, I just think that you’ve gotta work, and it looks like sometimes the harder you work the more luck you have. That’s the only thing I believe in.

On losing Edson Buddle in warm-ups, and other injuries:It seems like we have to wait. There are a few things that happened today that I haven’t seen before in my life. But as a group, I thought the group and the coaches dealt with the situation very well. We jumped over that hurdle and put a team that was competitive there, and stick to a kind of different plan in the last minutes and fought through. I gotta say that it was a few players that came today and did a good job, and stepped up. But we say that we need somebody who can put the ball in the back of the net, and we have said that a lot. We continue with that weakness for sure.

On what it was that he hadn’t seen before in his life:I haven’t seen this many missing people with injuries. Seriously, it’s unbelievable. I had to check to see if I had seen it before – I have not, not that I remember. And then after the warm-ups, somebody comes up to the coaches and says we lost another player. Then you have to adjust, and things like that. Let’s say that it doesn’t happen often.

On making last-minute adjustments due to players being out:It’s difficult but I guess that’s the job. It comes with the job. I guess sometimes that’s probably the small letters that you don’t read. And I think I gotta read those too. But we did well, I thought the response from the group and the coaches in those situations were good. Because it was not just Edson [Buddle] today, it was Deshorn [Brown] yesterday and almost [Dillon] Powers, who got 40 stitches in his head yesterday afternoon and we were afraid to lose him for the game too. But you know guys that I don’t make excuses. We’ve gotta push.

Colorado Rapids defender Drew MoorOn the team’s performance:I thought it was a good performance. We possessed the ball well, created chances, obviously we gave up a soft goal but I don’t understand how we come out of that game without at least a point. We have to keep our heads up, we did play well. There was a lot of positive play. We can’t hang our heads; we were on a nice run going into this game. You know that’s one team we need to beat, we need to beat Seattle. I don’t know what it is, but we have to take the pieces from this game and don’t hang our heads, because it’s a quick turnaround.

On facing Houston next week:Just play like we played today and finish our chances. We have to stay compact in the back, limit their chances, obviously, that’s a fortress we are going into. We have to go in with the belief that we can get three points. We don’t go on the road with the belief that we are just going to hang in there or get a point. If we do, that’s great, but we have to have belief that we are going to go in and get three points; that we can go in and preform extremely well like we did tonight. Score our chances and limit their chances.

On having so many injuries:Yeah, it’s definitely more than I’m used to for sure. But that’s another thing, we can’t hang our heads because of that. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us, nobody is going to play differently because we have some injured guys. I think we have seen in the last couple weeks, we do have a deep team. We have guys who can step in and perform well. Same thing again today, but that’s just noise, that’s something that we can’t think about. We have to step out on the field and play if you’re on the field.

On having to adjust to the changing personnel due to injuries:As a player you don’t really think about that. You are really focused on what you have to do. If everybody goes in there and does their job and does it to the best of their ability and performs well, then everything else will take care of it. Yeah you have to organize other people, you have to talk to other people, sometimes there is a bit of a transition, but that’s why we train during the week. All the defenders train together, all the midfielders train together, and we train together as units. And you don’t really think about that on the field.

On returning to the starting lineup:It was nice. I think I have said it was a tough couple weeks for me. Probably one of the lower points of my career but it’s always nice to be back and it was the first time I had prepared to start a game in a month. It was kinda fresh, it was kinda nice, just wish we got the result.

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