On if in his long coaching career he's ever ended a game with seven men: No. Caleb at the end of the game last year said it was the worst refereeing performance he’d ever seen. Well, I think it was topped this year.
Initial thoughts on the game: There are no initial thoughts. I thought our guys played like lions. I thought they left their hearts out on the field. And I think they got robbed.
Oba injury: We’ll have to see. … We’ll have to see. He gets an MRI tomorrow. It’s in the groin area. Is it an adductor? Is it a groin muscle? We don’t know.
On walking to a corner of the pitch before final whistle: I didn’t want to get thrown out, so I just walked away from the bench because I was maybe going to choke a referee, so I figured I’d walk away before I did something stupid.
On if any of his players did anything stupid: I think there was frustration certainly from our players. I don’t think Azira’s is a red card. And Dempsey, his reaction was what it was. On the same token, when a linesman tells you that a goal is not offsides because our defender played the ball to the guy… It looked to me like it was a shot that got deflected. You guys saw the game, and maybe you had the benefit of seeing a replay. But you’re telling me that Dylan Remick played him the ball? I don’t think so.
On if the troubles started building early: Early on in the game I thought Portland was a little bit better than us. I thought after about 20 minutes we started to grab hold of the game and we were playing all right. For sure after they scored and made it 1-0, I thought we were all over them at that point and we created a number of chances to score goals But then when you have calls that don’t seem to go your way… Their goal comes off a play where he’s ready to call a foul on Lamar Neagle when he gets stomed on and he doesn’t blow it. We move on. Brad Evans ends up getting a second yellow on something that initially is not a foul – Villafana just flops on the ball, handles the ball, and the foul’s on us. All of a sudden then, frustration, because he’s laying on top of the ball so Brad’s trying to get to the ball because the referee’s not blowing the whistle. Well, if you’re laying on top of the ball, I know they don’t like to call obstruction, but that’s obstruction. And you’re not allowed to play the ball on all four, but this referee allowed it.
On halftime switch to white shirts: Again that’s another U.S. Soccer fantastic play. We had told them we’re in black. We’re the home team. Somehow the Portland equipment man thought that green would be a good color match against the black, when they wear a dark green. The referees were doing nothing about it, so I told them, ‘OK, we’ll change into white at halftime because you guys aren’t doing anything about it.’ It already started there at the beginning of the game.