A.J. DeLaGarza | Postgame at Portland Timbers

On how the teams made changes that made such a difference in the second half…
“I think the first three games of season we’ve dominated the first half, went into halftime with leads and the second half we come out timid and don’t play our game. In the first half we kept the ball, we attacked, had plenty of chances to get even more goals. In the second half we couldn’t keep the ball and if you defend for long periods of time, you’re going to get scored on, especially when we’re not marking in the box. We have to do better all the way around.”

On the attacking threat that Portland possesses…
“I think they all looked dangerous in the second half when we sat back a little too much, couldn’t keep the ball. Didn’t really get after them like we did in the first half. I don’t think they created much in the first half. Obviously the PK goal, but I don’t remember much they did in the first half. We limited them, but when you give those guys, one of the best attacking groups in this league, when you give them time and space, they’ll punish you and they did that tonight.”

On trying to keep Portland’s attacking fullbacks limited…
“I don’t think many teams will push their outside backs forward the way we play because you have [Alberth Elis], you have [Romell Quioto] who kind of sit up and wait for those balls. That’s the way we play. Obviously when teams throw those numbers forward, we adjust to that. But I don’t think many teams want to leave [Elis and Quioto] with time and space in the open field. Kind of kept [Portland] at bay and [Erick Torres] will occupy a couple players as well with the way he’s playing and his confidence