The first game of a three game road trip saw the Colorado Rapids drop a frustrating match 2-1 to Chicago Fire. The Rapids were led by Deshorn Brown's third goal of the year but defensive miscues and a number of missed opportunities on net cost the Rapids. The Rapids ran a 4-2-3-1 formation, and here is how I saw the match:
Clint Irwin 7
A good game by Irwin, who made five saves (his opposing number only needed to make one). Both goals were not his fault, one by virtue of a penalty kick, the other off a header from a long cross.
An average game for Mullan who got burned on the play that led to the PK, but did have a nice clearance off the line to save a Fire goal.
Marvell did not look comfortable all night in the center back position and conceded a soft penalty. Faired better when moved outside, but had trouble holding his line all night.
Part of a defensive back four that seemed out of sorts all night. It is not the best pairing to have Moor and Wynne in the center together.
Another start for Klute continuing his consistency in the back four, but seemed to struggle at times with the Fire attack.
Nathan Sturgis 5
A career journeyman seems to have finally found a home in the Rapids midfield. Had a couple of pinpoint long passes, but seemed to get lost at times on defense when the Fire pressed. A good year so far for Sturgis, just not his best game.
Dillon Powers 5.5
Filling in for Hendry Thomas is never easy, but had a decent game. Seems a little uncomfortable in that role, but did not make any glaring errors.
Rivero showed flashes of brilliance and had a great chance at equalizing in the second half that went wide. Suffered another injury that, although does not seems serious, is a concern long term.
In only his second game of the season and first start, Castrillon had decent ball movement, but had a golden opportunity that he put right at the Fire keeper.
Deshorn Brown 7
Another nifty goal from the rookie as he had the only goal on the night for the Rapids. Brown was able to take the ball away from the Fire defense and do something the rest of the team could not: put the ball in the back of the net. Almost had his brace if not for the referee calling it back for a hand ball.
Finishing has plagued the Rapids all year and Edson missed a golden opportunity in the second half that rattled off the woodwork.
Played 35 minutes in the second half as a substitute for Rivero. Did nothing to distinguish himself.
German Mera 6
A substitute for Brian Mullan which pushed Wynne outside and brought Mera to the middle. He appeared to calm things down and should be in contention for a starting spot on Sunday in Portland. Got hosed on a questionable caution.
Came on in the 78th minute and missed a point blank shot from a yard out that would have tied the game. Very disappointing effort by Tony.