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POSTGAME QUOTES: Dynamo at Timbers

Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear

Initial thoughts on the game:

“We wanted to come here and get a good result and obviously that didn’t happen. I thought the first half we put ourselves in a good position, limited their chances, had some good moments ourselves, and in the second half, we were a little bit off that.”

On the second half:

“They got a little lucky on the first goal. We had the ball, it kind of bounced off our guy and the guy plays in a great ball. And the second goal they just caught us on a good counter, we were us chasing the game a little bit, it happens.”

Looking forward to their game against Chicago:

“We still have until Sunday; there are still a lot of days to practice. Hopefully we get ready for that game well, and forget this one as quick as we can.”

Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall

Initial thoughts on the game:

“I think we came out well in the first half. Portland is a team that plays well, they move well, they pass well, they’re quick, and in the first half I think we matched their intensity. I think we were passing well in the first half.”

Loss of momentum in second half:

“I think they increased their intensity and we failed to match what they were bringing. They continued to pass well, they continued to move well. I think we can be much sharper and have a little bit more bite to the team. But I will give them credit I think they created a lot of their chances came from their efforts and their movement. They’re a good team. They probably deserve to have more than one win now. I think we could have helped ourselves out and been a little bit better in the second half.”

What they need to do against Chicago next week:

“Just having that attitude; it’s borderline arrogance. You need to look at the guy across the field from you and say ‘I’m going to be better than you, I’m going to be tougher than you,’ and it’s just that mindset that we need to have. We lost it in the second half.

“Traditionally this team has always had that and we’ve for the most part done a pretty good job this season having it. We know we’re a good team, we know we have something special. I think for the Dynamo we have that going, we believe in ourselves, and we have a long season to prove it.”

Houston midfielder Adam Moffat

Initial thoughts on the game:

“The result is disappointing, but I thought we did well first half. Second half we took our foot off the gas a little bit. But we done well.”

Second half mistakes:

“I just think winning some tackles and stuff like that in the middle of the field. It was a little bit sloppy. I could blame the conditions of the turf, but it’s an adjustment and we aren’t used to it. I think the ball just got away from us. They got stuck in and they were getting some good bounces. But that happens when you’re piling on that pressure.”

Returning home to play Chicago next week:

“Back at home, we have a good run going there so we want to continue that. We haven’t been there in a while. Anytime you lose a game you kind of want to get there and make amends. So for us it’s next Sunday, to get back to business and preparing for that and hopefully get another three points.”

Referee Quotes (Question submitted by pool reporter Mike Donovan)

Referee Ricardo Salazar

What was the reason Jermaine Taylor was not carded for his challenge on Diego Valeri in the 25th minute?

The challenge wasn’t worthy of a caution; it was careless, not reckless. Careless at tops, that’s how I deemed it.