Colorado Rapids went to 9-7-9 for the year as they drew 1-1 to a feisty Chivas USA team Sunday night in Los Angeles. After playing a good portion of the match with a numerical man advantage, the Rapids were unable to find the back of the net until the 80th minute. The tie puts a serious crimp in the Rapids playoff plans and staying in the top 5 will be difficult for the Burgundy Boys as the season rolls on.
Here is how I saw the match:
Clint Irwin 6.5
Could do nothing on the Chivas goal as his defense let him down. Made some crucial saves that kept the score close so the Rapids could tie it up.
Jurgen Klinsmann, your left back of the future is calling, and he wears Burgundy. Another solid outing for Klute and the service on the Rivero goal was simply top class.
The Captain had a rough game from bad passes, to losing his man on the goal to terrible defensive man management. He was off most of the night, but few Rapids players came ready to play.
A bit unlucky on the Chivas goal, but looked lost most of the match. Allowed Chivas to make far more runs down the flank than necessary.
Shane O’Neill 6
Decent night from O’Neill and was lucky to not have his leg broken by a gutless and dirty tackle.
Had a good night completing a whopping 90 of 99 passes for the match. Helped carve out an amazing 69.7% possession on the night for the Rapids
Powers had a good night overall, but looked to get winded towards the end of the match and was subbed for Danny Mwanga with 15 minutes left.
Getting booked twice in a nine minute span after the Rapids had a man advantage is reckless. Was willing to show that he will shoot from anywhere on the pitch but you have to wonder, with the new signings on board, how much this ejection hurts Cascio’s playing time the rest of the year.
Nice to see Castrillon in the starting XI again and had an OK night, but needed to do better up front putting the ball in the back of the net.
LaBrocca completed 94% of his passes last night and had a rocket in the first half that required a save. Played 62 minutes in his return from injury and largely was effective.
A disastrous game for Brown who missed multiple opportunities and missed a penalty kick. Does Brown start next week after this debacle?
In his MLS debut, Sanchez showed pace and creativity that were sorely lacking in the first 45 minutes. The team looked quite different after his arrival and it will be exciting to see him up front going forward.
It was wonderful to see Rivero back on the field and with he and Sanchez on the field, it gave Rapids fans a glimpse into the next 9 games. And a great header on a cross from Klute leveled the game.
Danny Mwanga 6
A quick 15 minute shift for Mwanga and had a few oppotunities but seemed tentative in shooting the ball when the chance presented itself.