BRIDGEVIEW, IL - AUGUST 27: Marvell Wynne #22 of the Colorado Rapids and Dominic Oduro #8 of the Chicago fire fight for the ball in an MLS match on August 27, 2011 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
So if you hadn't heard, the Colorado Rapids just aren't all that good when they play in Chicago, and are even worse when 'Chicago' happens to mean Toyota Field. Colorado lost yet again to the Chicago Fire in Chicago, keeping alive a streak since 2004 that has them out of the W column at Toyota and Soldier Fields.
Colorado didn't play particularly badly tonight - at the end of the half when the score was 2-0 the Rapids were keeping 65% possession and had six more corners than Chicago - but were completely inept when it came to the final third and allowed Chicago's speedy forwards to have just a few too many breakouts.
Speaking of breakouts, Pavel Pardo set up a pretty good one in the 17th minute. Dominic Oduro was on the end of it and the incredibly fast receiver blew past Tyrone Marshall for the easy goal despite having Marvell Wynne just a step behind him as the ball escaped his foot. Chicago scored again in the 36th minute as former Rapids
legend player Cory Gibbs snapped a high ball past Pickens off a decent cross from Sebastián Grazzini.
The Rapids showed life late in the game - Sanna Nyassi had a ball cleared off the line, Mac Kandji scored a goal on an offside play and Jeff Larentowicz had a blast that was just barely stopped by Sean Johnson, all in the final 15 minutes of the match - but it was far too late for the Rapids to do anything by that point anyway as the loss had looked assured as soon as the first half had ended. Drew Moor also got a yellow card, ensuring that the one game suspension would end his ironman streak. Not a good day all around.
But hey, it was the Rapids playing in Chicago. This just kind of happens every time we go there, right?
MAN OF THE MATCH: Uh... Jeff Larentowicz wasn't bad?
GOAT OF THE MATCH: Tie between Caleb Folan and Tyrone Marshall. Both were terrible at their jobs tonight in pretty much every way.