In a game that would have given Colorado Rapids a home match and bypass the Knock-out Round in MLS Cup Playoffs, the Rapids delivered the most disjointed and uninspired performance of the year. In a 3-0 loss, the Rapids were outplayed, outclassed and out coached by the Whitecaps. With that loss the Rapids finish the year on 51 points and a 14-11-9 record and earned a trip to play the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday at Century Link Field.
Here is how I saw the Rapids performance:
Irwin was the beneficiary of the Rapids terrible defensive performance and needed to make five saves to ensure the score was not worse. He did give up 3 goals, but was left out to dry most of the night.
The entire back for struggled on the night for the Rapids leaving Irwin to try and clean up the mess. Although Klute was his usual energetic self, and moved with pace and fluidity, something was lacking from the young left back all night.
Not a good day at the office from O'Neill and he and Drew Moor in the middle had significant struggles all game.
Drew Moor 4
A disappointing effort from the Captain and he knows it. Moor and O'Neill must be better against Seattle on Wednesday.
Wynne, like his outside back partner Klute, used his pace and fluidity, but spent too much time in the middle of the pitch rather than defending.
Despite losing the possession battle to the Whitecaps, Sturgis was very active on the night. He finished the night converting nearly 90% of his passes.
Much like Sturgis, Thomas was crisp on his passes on the night and was above the Rapids 80% combined as a team. But losing the possession battle did hurt as the Rapids struggled to get anything going in British Columbia.
A tough night for the Rookie as he did not register a shot on goal and looked out of sorts during the match.
Gabriel Torres 5.5
The Rapids DP could not follow up on his two goal performance and registered one shot on goal. I am not sure that he was the best choice as a midfielder and he should be more in an attacking role in Seattle on Wednesday.
A poor game from LaBrocca. Was beaten on a number of occasions and probably should not have started the match.
Buddle was unlucky to not score in the second half, but still did not record a shot on goal. He needs to be better on Wednesday.
Rivero needed to start the game as he brought more energy on the pitch when he replaced LaBrocca. If Dillon Powers cannot go on Wednesday in Seattle, I would like to see Rivero out there.
Had one of the two Rapids shots on goal against the Caps, but could not help turn the tide in favor of the Rapids.
There had been rumors that Serna was getting closer to seeing playing time in a meaningful match and it was great to see him take the pitch. Did not do much in his short shift, but was good nevertheless to have him get minutes.