The second trip to Los Angeles brought the Colorado Rapids their second win of the season and pushed them closer to the top five in the Western Conference. A 1-0 victory over Chivas USA and their fourteen fans in attendance brought the Rapids to an overall 2-3-2 record. Deshorn Brown scored the lone goal for the Rapids and the young team continues build confidence.
Cue up the Ennio Morricone music for The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Week 7 edition.
The Good: Oscar Pareja and the stones and courage it took to start the match with Drew Moor on the bench Saturday night. Going with Chris Klute and Shane O’Neill over Moor was a bold call. Benching your captain for the first half was not an easy decision and could have easily gone pear shaped for Oscar. But he started the young guys who had led the team to a win and a draw and came out of the Chivas USA with the full three points.
The Bad: With starting so many young guys out there, you are bound to see mistakes and boneheaded plays. Although I think the PK for Chivas was a soft call, O’Neill did not help his case by flailing his arms all about. Fortunately, Clint Irwin channeled his inner Haley Joel and could see where the PK was going and psyched out Chivas USA. But it could have gone worse. At times it seemed that Chris Klute appeared lost in the back and Dillon Powers tactically did not always seem to be on the same page as Edson Buddle and Brown. The play and the comfort level of the younger lads will continue to improve as time goes on.
The Ugly: The Rapids had PLENTY of chances to extend the lead over Chivas USA, but for some reason the challenge scoring continues. Buddle, Atiba Harris and Deshorn Brown all had a number of chances and the score could have easily been 3-0. The service was better from the midfield, but there seemed to be an overall disconnect when the team got to the final third. More goals are going to need to come--especially with how tight the Western Conference is. You may see teams get into the playoffs on goal differential. It would be nice to see the Rapids increase their scoring and in turn the GD.
After seven games the young Rapids are right back into the thick of things going into a huge game against Seattle Sounders FC. Although the Sounders are winless they are looking to continue their dominance over the Rapids on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. This will be a very challenging match against a hungry Seattle team, but if the Rapids can continue to generate chances, and more importantly finish their chances, a return to .500 should be within reach for the young Colorado Rapids.