HARRISON, NJ - MARCH 25: Drew Moor #3 of the Colorado Rapids is flipped by Kenny Cooper #33 of the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Red Bull Arena on March 25, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)
When you lose 4-1, you get dropped in rankings. That's pretty much a fact of life and for a team that was already getting questioned like the Colorado Rapids, it should come as no surprise that the internet's power rankings knocked the Rapids down a notch this week.
ESPN blasted the Rapids down four spots, in part to get the Red Bulls ahead of them I'd wager, down to 10th. They cited the awful first 10 minutes as charitable from the midfield, deserved criticism.
Charity didn't start at home for the Rapids during their 4-1 loss to New York. Rather, it began with their midfield, which gifted the Red Bulls two early goals because of some ridiculous giveaways.
SB Nation's power rankings kept the Rapids at 7th in their rankings, citing the ready made excuses of not having Jeff Larentowicz and Pablo Mastroeni. (Interestingly, despite losing to Chivas at home Real Salt Lake remained the top in the rankings. Not much movement at all from our voters.)
They were trounced by the Red Bulls, but have some ready-made excuses. Playing without Jeff Larentowicz and Pablo Mastroeni is clearly not something the Rapids are going to want to see much of this year.
Sports Illustrated only knocked the Rapids down one spot to 7th place. They too mentioned that being without Jeff and Pablo was always going to be problematic.
Without Jeff Larentowicz and Pablo Mastroeni, winning in New York was always going to be a tough task, but the Rapids essentially gifted the three points with two early concessions. Just goes to show that no matter how different the system, the two central midfielders are the lifeblood of the club.