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A few of my thoughts and observations on what I liked for the 'Pids season opening match against Columbus! Let's hear your thoughts below in the comments section!
1. "Man of the Match"- Kosuke Kimura
Kimura had both assists on goals for the match, and looked impressive the entire match. Kimura was able to create opportunities in the near the goal. Kimura had a perfect cross into the box after Columbus had cleared a corner kick, and found a leaping Drew Moor who headed in the first goal. Kimura also drove the ball downfield many times on runs down the right side, but occasionally had trouble getting it passed the Columbus defenders. Overall, Kimura is in my mind the "Man of the Match" for the assists he had and the other potential opportunities on goal he created. Plus, we all loved that Burgundy hair.
2. Matt Pickens
The Colorado keeper might not have had much to do this match because Columbus did not have many opportunities to take shots at the goal, but Matt Pickens came up big at least twice with great saves. In the 79th minute Columbus had a set piece that was crossed into the box and one of the Yellow Team got his head on it and the ball looked to be going straight into the net. Pickens managed to get his fingertips on the ball and push it just over the woodwork. On the ensuing corner kick for Columbus, Pickens again came up with a save and was able to clear the ball out to the left sidelines.
3. Rapids Offense
Many questions came into the season opener about what the Rapids new "4-3-3" offense would look like. The ‘Pids were able to create many scoring opportunities, and Omar Cummings nearly scored three times though finished with no goals. The Rapids offense is expected to change quite a bit once Martin Rivero is able to play and Conor Casey returns from injury. But the Rapids offense looked good without those two key players with the forwards having many shots on goal. Even rookie, Tony Cascio, looked great and had a few opportunities that went just wide or far above the net.
Questions for all at Burgundy Wave?
What did you think of the Rapids offense? How will things change once Rivero and Casey are in the lineup? To read my full match summary look at my Mile High South Stands Blog!
Sound off in the comments section below on Burgundy Wave and let’s get a discussion started!