After an emotional and devastating week in Colorado, the boys in Burgundy took the pitch and defeated FC Dallas 2-1 on a rain soaked Colorado Saturday. This was not an easy week for Colorado with torrential rain and massive flooding up and down the front range, but Colorado Rapids won a critical Western Conference clash. With that win, the Rapids brought their season record to 12-8-9 and up to third in the West. There are just five games left in the 2013 campaign and the Rapids are playing very much like a team that is ready to make a run.
Here is how I saw the match:
Irwin did not have much to do on the night but did make a nice save at the end of the match to preserve the victory.
Klute was up and down the left side of the pitch and was very successful in shutting down the Dallas attack. He gets better and better each match.
Shane O’Neill 6
A bit of an off night for O’Neill as he never seemed to get into rhythm. At the end of the night what was staggering is this stat: the Rapids have lost once with O’Neill in the lineup.
The Captain was solid all night and made a critical pass to Sanchez that led to a chance for Harris in the first half. Very aggressive on the evening and when the team went down a goal, his calming influence was palpable.
A good game for Wynne as he was very active on the right side of the field moving up and down. Had a very solid challenge in the second half that proved very important. Wynne and Klute make a great team in the outside back role.
Sturgis had an overall good game and was very active up and down the right side of the field. He completed 86% of his passes, but did lose his man on the Dallas goal. Finished off with a yellow card which leaves him suspended for the critical Portland match on Friday.
Thomas was his usual physical self in working on controlling the midfield and possession for the Rapids. His passing was crisp (88% accuracy) and concise. Had a shorter than normal shift (the scoreline may have dictated that he come out), and made way for Gabriel Torres.
Sanchez simply made the FC Dallas defense look silly. Great goal to tie the match, and set up the second goal. His ball handling skills, his pace, and creativity were all critical in the Rapids coming from behind to win this match.
The rookie put in another very solid shift of work and was very active in the midfield. He helped the Rapids win the possession battle and finished with 82% passing accuracy.
Good game from Harris who could have put the Rapids in the lead midway through the first half, but his header was off target. Very physical all night moving up and down the flank.
Buddle is simply a new man in the last month. He had a number of good looks and shots on goal and his pace, that was missing earlier in the year, was on full display against FC Dallas. Very good game from Buddle.
Gabriel Torres 6
Returning from a two game stretch for the Panamanian National Team, Torres started on the bench, but came on for Thomas in the second half to add that spark in an effort to narrow the gap. The second goal was going to be his, but thanks to Dallas for saving him the effort. I expect Torres to start on Friday.
Brown played the final 15 minutes for Buddle and had one shot for his effort.
German Mera N/A
Came on for Sturgis late in the match.