You could not click on the login box, there was nothing that could be done to login.
The problem had to do with the type of partition I created before restoring the backup:
|Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)|
After the drive was repartition with out encryption, time machine was used to restore the drive. Everything worked as expected.
According to Blackmagic Disk Speed Test the speed from the stock drive was around 70 MB/s. After installing the SSD the speed is quite a bit better: