It's about time for the Colorado Rapids to put that loss behind them. What loss, you may ask? Exactly, I say. In all seriousness, the team's response to the 4-1 loss to New York will be a good indicator of how they'll be able to manage the full season together, specifically during problematic stretches. Good teams take losses like that and turn them into mere blips on the radar; how many people remembered the 3-1 clobbering the Rapids took in NY in 2010 after they lifted the MLS Cup?
Here's three keys to beating the Chicago Fire at DSGP tomorrow and making us all forget about that unfortunate loss.
Stay Strong, Center Backs - Marvell Wynne and Drew Moor weren't bad in the loss to New York, but their lack of being there at times against Theirry Henry was a bit disturbing even if the midfield were the starters of most of the commotion. Chicago have a lot of fast, shifty guys in their offense like Dominic Oduro and Patrick Nyarko and will probably try and score off long balls over the top. If Wynne and Moor aren't picture perfect, Chicago have the guys that can make them pay.
Tactical Changes - The Rapids started off last week with a pretty bad blueprint that featured a patchwork midfield. Now, was there much that Oscar Pareja could do about the players he had available? No. Could he have worked out a better option than Castrillon in the pivot and Ross LaBauex playing with two guys he'd barely ever played with before? Probably. Pareja took all the blame after the 4-1 loss, and he deserved a good chunk of it in all honesty. It will be interesting to see how he responds after that game with his preparation and tactics throughout the game. Hopefully he won't over think himself.