Call it Karma, call it good luck, call it a crappy goal, call it being owed one....call it whatever you want, but it can only be called three points for the Colorado Rapids. It was not a beautiful game by any means, but a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC, brought the Rapids to 3-4-3 for the season and up to fifth place in the Western Conference.
Cue up the Ennio Morricone Music for The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Week 10 edition
The Good: The Result. It was certainly not the prettiest of games ever witnessed at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, but at the end of the day the Rapids claimed the victory to bring them to 3-1-2 in their last six matches. Edson Buddle played the second half and claimed his first goal in a Rapids kit to give the Rapids the win. It was not the most elegant of goals for sure, but with all of the injuries that the team has faced this year, an ugly goal was a beautiful thing to have.
The Bad: Brian Mullan did not have his best game. If not for some good goalkeeping by Clint Irwin and Toronto being a very bad team, the Rapids would have been down at half time. There were a number of poor defensive plays made by Mullen and some very cheap giveaways. I appreciate that he is learning a new position, but for this team to be successful and climb the table, we will need a solid defensive outing each match.
The Ugly: It gets old to continue to talk about the finishing of this team, but if the shoe fits... There were a number of chances where the Rapids could have, and should have, put the ball in the back of the net. The frustrating streak of missing shot after shot after shot continues. Although plenty of opportunities arise each game, the Rapids must put these into the net.
The Rapids head out on a two game road trip against Columbus Crew and San Jose Earthquakes. These matches will continue to be a good test for this young and healing Rapids team and both games should be situations where the Rapids can get a result. But to do this there needs to be better effort in the final third of the field. Missing open nets and good opportunities on goal against Columbus will be a hard thing to overcome. It is time for someone on the Rapids to step up and be the goal scorer they need.