Football is cruel. Football is unfair. Sometimes results go the wrong way based on how your team plays. These are truths that every supporter knows. There will be matches, no matter how well you play, that the scoreline will indicate that the better team lost. Friday night in Portland was evident of this. Colorado Rapids lost a hard fought match to Portland Timbers 1-0 that dropped the Rapids into fifth place in the Western Conference.
Here is how I saw the match:
Irwin had almost nothing to do all night. He made one save and gave up a goal that he really had no shot at based on poor defending. He rightfully should have had his eleventh clean sheet of the year.
After getting screwed in the farcical "24 under 24" by Major League Soccer, Klute put in another solid performance for the Rapids. The Timbers did not threaten much of the night, and Klute’s solid play was a major reason for this.
Shane O’Neill 7
Another Rapids defender who was not included in the 24 under 24 list by MLS put in a good shift against a tough Portland team. He dealt with the Portland attack and so frustrated them that the Timbers resulted to flopping to try and get past him.
By far the toughest score to give on the night because overall he was good on the night, but Moor cannot make a Ceus-like mistake. It simply can’t happen. The Rapids should have left with a draw, but because of this error they drop points in an increasingly tight Western Conference.
Wynne is faster than you, more physical than you and is going to do everything he can to stop you. Please see the 90th minute for evidence of this.
Rivero made his return to the Starting XI with a fair performance in 55 minutes. Still looks a little out of sorts, but made a start for the first time in months. His passing was crisp and accurate and was subbed off for Gabriel Torres.
Hendry Thomas 6.5
Thomas was at his physical best against the Portland midfield. However the offensive push was lacking moving forward as the Rapids could only generate one shot on goal.
Dillon Powers 6.5
Powers was everywhere on the night but like much of the Rapids midfield, could not generate the offensive push required to force shots on goal.
LaBrocca made a surprise start (on a turf field, speed is important and LaBrocca is not the fastest guy on the pitch) against the Timbers and was largely OK on the night. However was unable to get the ball forward at a consistent pace.
Edson Buddle 6.5
Tough for Buddle to get shots on goal when the ball was not pushed forward by the Rapids midfield. Had two shots (off target) on the night.
Harris had the lone shot on goal for the Rapids, but his lack of speed hurt him on the night. Took a yellow card in the 3rd minute, but that call was aided by the nonsensical flopping by Portland.
Gabriel Torres 6
Showed some flash and brilliance in his 35 minutes of work, but you would have thought he would have started the game. Did not register a shot on goal, but did show some of the pace that has Rapids supporters optimistic.
A quiet 18 minutes of work for the rookie, and you would have wanted to see what he could have done with a full shift with his speed.
Jaime Castrillon N/A
Cameo for Castrillon at the end of the game in an effort to even the score.