TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 18: Ashtone Morgan #5 of Toronto FC knocks down Martin Rivero #10 of the Colorado Rapids during MLS action at the BMO Field July 18, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
This season is beginning to turn into a catastrophe for the the Colorado Rapids. With only one win all summer long, the 'Pids have fallen down the table. In the last week they have lost to the worst team in each conference, and are in position to be passed in the table by some really bad teams.
I really don't have many positives from this game, which is reflected below in my ratings. It's hard to give good ratings to your team when your goalie gives the other team penalty kicks and your most solid player gets suspended for one of the few games left that may matter.
Ratings after the jump.
0 - Awful, horrible, why is he even on the field!?
1-3 - Poor. Why is he starting?
4-6 - Decent. Played a reasonable game, but could have done much more.
7-9 - Great game! Did nearly everything right with few mistakes
10 - Perfect game.
Matt Pickens - 4
To start the game, Pickens immediately fouled Toronto FC in the box as he was trying to prevent a goal to give them a penalty kick. Poor decision. Luckily Toronto missed the PK, but it should have never happened. Pickens had some okay saves through out the game, but we all expect him to make those. Many people are blaming our back line and defense for giving up this game. But I'm going to put some of the pressure on Pickens and say he needs to get better at instructing his defense when the ball is near the box, they get in his way too much.
Marvell Wynne - 3
Wynne had a chance to stop the second goal, but was left in the dust on a great shot and deflection. His defending was poor, as was the whole back line. An overall disappointing performance for one of our better defenders.
Drew Moor - 6
As bad as the defending was in the second half, Moor certainly showed spirit and didn't give up. I particularly liked this effort to prevent a would be goal on Moor's part.
Tyson Wahl - 4
I was surprised to see Wahl start in one of his first eligible games with the Rapids. I had expected to see him come off the bench. I think that this may have contributed to the poor defense because of a lack of chemistry, but overall I liked his performance. It was good too see that we have another defender who is able to play well and even start for us. I think he brings a lot of potential to the team.
Hunter Freeman - 3
Sure, he had the assist on Conor's goal. He's helped contribute to a couple goals like that this season. But what else did he do on the pitch? Nothing.
Jeff Larentowicz - 4
Jeff had a solid game, much like Drew Moor. He was playing til the end, trying to score the equalizer all the way into stoppage time. It's too bad that his determination to score failed AND earned him a yellow card plus an accumulation suspension for our game against Real Salt Lake.
Wells Thompson - 5
Wells has always been a great 'holding midfielder'. He plays his defense well and showed a lot of effort. He gets a bad rap a lot of the time, but he did well against Toronto as Pareja was resting Jamie Castrillion. Wells even got a couple blasts on goal, though they didn't amount to anything.
Brian Mullan - 5
Mullan hit a ball that looked like it could have been up for MLS Goal of the week! But...it didn't go in the net. Can we vote on MLS 'near' goal of the week? That may be the only chance we have to see the 'Pids win something...
Martin Rivero - 4
Rivero took the set piece in the final seconds of the game. Personally, I think he's been pretty good at those with a few gorgeous balls into the box. He went straight at it and hit it hard though, sailing the ball high over the net. Game over. I had at least hoped for an exciting chance for the guys in the box, but it didn't work out in the end.
Conor Casey - 6
Casey is back to doing what he does best - be the big presence we need in the box. He had a gorgeous header for our lone goal and was really pushing up field as we expect him to. He even had some good defensive play, if I remember right!
Omar Cummings - 3
I couldn't remember who the eleventh man was for this game. I had to look it up on my phone just now. That must mean Omar didn't do much of anything. I think I heard his name called a few times, but either Toronto really shut him down or he needs some more recovery time between games.
Tony Cascio - 5
I am of the opinion that Cascio needs to be in the starting line up. At the beginning of the season he was in it and showed a lot of potential and was a candidate for rookie of the year. Now Parajea barely gives him time, and usually Edu is chosen to go in over Tony. But against Toronto Tony did great for the few minutes he was on the field as he showed his speed and effort!
Edu - 1
I am also of the opinion that Edu needs to be cut from the team. He hasn't shown anything on the field and I can't understand why Pareja insists on putting him on as a sub in nearly every game. I don't think he's scored a goal in six years! Sure maybe he used to play this 'sexy' style of soccer, but not any more.
Jamie Smith - 3
Our Scotsman didn't contribute in the way we usually expect him to as a sub. He wasn't very aggressive and I don't think did too much to help our cause.