A two game week saw the Colorado Rapids bring their undefeated streak to three with a 2-0 victory over New York Red Bulls on Independence Day and they wrapped Freedom Weekend with a 0-0 draw to struggling DC United. The two results brought the Rapids record to 7-7-6 (27 points) and has them sitting in sixth in the Western Conference table.
Time for the Week 19 edition of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for the Colorado Rapids
The Good: A string of positive results. After a fairly horrible June which saw the team drop three in a row and winless in four, the Rapids are now riding a three game undefeated streak. They have not given up a goal in the last 198 minutes of football and stopped the mental mistakes and problems that led them to such a bad June. It is little coincidence however that the better play has come on the heals of Shane O’Neill’s return from the U-20 World Cup and the benching of Marvell Wynne.
The Bad: The DC United Game. I am sorry, but there should have been no way we do not come out of that match with a victory. Granted the DC United goalkeeper stood on his head (to borrow a hockey term), but to have 23 shots and have nothing to show for it is tough to take. In the Western Conference, every point will matter. The Rapids are two points out of the playoffs and every team ahead of them has at least one game in hand. And Seattle Sounders are three points behind the Rapids and have four games in hand. That is not a recipe that allows the Rapids to drop points to bad teams at home.
The Ugly: Where is the fortress? I keep hearing how the Rapids are trying to build a fortress at home and the altitude is such an advantage, but honestly I am not seeing it. This year the team is 4-3-3 at home and last year they were 8-6-3. Good teams build their home park into a fortress where teams fear coming. Teams behind the Rapids in the table have come into Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and have come away with all three points. With seven more home matches, the team needs to make it a priority to gather as many points as possible. The fifth spot in the Western Conference is projecting out at 54 points. The Rapids are projecting out at 46. Time to truly make Dick’s a fortress and win the games at home.
The Rapids are off from MLS action this weekend as they head down to Albuquerque to play Santos Laguna in a friendly which should give a chance for the starters to rest for a bit and get ready for New England Revolution next Wednesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.