There are moments in life that are unexplainable, and this match against Orlando City was one of them. How the Rapids were not prepared to play, I will never know. This was supposed to be a column on player ratings, but with a terrible live stream and utter disgust, I am taking this in a different direction. In a 3-1 Orlando victory, known flaws were exposed which contributed to the Rapids losing to a lower division side.
Flaw One: We have no back-up GK. Steward Ceus let two WTF goals in his time on the field before bowing out in the 56th minute after one of the more bizarre red cards you will see. His positioning was off all night and he appears to suffer from a lack of confidence. You begin to wonder if the mistake in the first week of the season is really screwing with him.
Does Stew see another minute in a Rapid uniform? It is hard to see how with the play of Clint Irwin and with Matt Pickens returning soon.
Flaw Two: We cannot score goals. To score one goal on a lower division club is simply unacceptable. I could care less that they want to be an MLS team or that they are used to playing on turf. Quite simply, we have struggled to score all year and putting only one in the back of the net is disgusting. The Rapids play the team at the top of the table in the Western Conference on Saturday. The offensive performance on display in Orlando will not work in any way shape or form.
I appreciate that Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle did not play, but that is no excuse for this offensive effort.
Flaw Three: Kamani Hill should play more. His pace and movement off the ball were nice to see (for the moments that the live stream actually worked. For a team struggling to score goals, I wonder why he is not on the pitch more often. What happens if he plays more? It is not as if we are lighting the scoreboard up. When a holding midfielder is tied for your scoring lead, you may have a problem.
So another year in the US Open Cup and another early exit for the Rapids. Where do we go from here: hopefully a professional performance and three points on Saturday against FC Dallas.