Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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In a week that saw the departure of longtime Goalkeeper Matt Pickens, Colorado Rapids shut out Portland Timbers 2-0 in frigid conditions in Commerce City.

The third round of the 2014 Major League Soccer saw Colorado Rapids open their home season against the fancied Portland Timbers. A scoreless and even first half saw both teams take their chances, but the Rapids scored twice in two minutes after boneheaded plays by the Portland goalkeepers. The 2-0 victory left the Rapids at 1-0-1 on the young season and capped an overall good week for the Burgundy Boys

Here is The Good, The Bad, The Ugly-Colorado Rapids Round Three

The Good-Many Good Things About Saturday

There were many good things about the match on Saturday. Specifically, the play of Dillon Powers and Nick Labrocca was very good. Powers makes the offense work and Labrocca is making Rapids fans forget about Hendry "I took another red card" Thomas. John Berner got his first clean sheet and the defense as a whole looked very, very strong. They took the vaunted Portland attack and shut them down the bulk of the match.

The Bad-The Run of Play

One concern that I do have is the lack of goals from the run of play. Now, I appreciate a good penalty kick just like the next guy, but the Rapids are going to need to figure out how to score from somewhere other than the spot. The shots were there, but they just were not able to put one in the back of the net. They have a tough Sporting Kansas City team this weekend, and they will need more then PK's to beat them.

The Ugly-The Departure of Pickens

Matt Pickens was waived this week (and subsequently picked up by New England Revolution) and it was one of the few remaining players from the MLS Cup Championship team. The writing was on the wall for Pickens, and although it was inevitable, it was not any easier to see. I remember the saves he made in the last 5 minutes of the MLS Cup and without him, we do not raise the Cup in Toronto. The Rapids are in good hands with Clint Irwin as the starter and we have a solid back-up core. But Pickens was the one that helped win that game and for that, he will always be a Rapid.

So Colorado Rapids have another tough match this Saturday against Sporting Kansas City. SKC is bringing a large supporters group with them from Kansas and I expect it to be a lively atmosphere. It will be tough, but if the Rapids can figure put a goal or two on the board I see no reason why another three points won't be on its way to Commerce City.

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