Colorado Rapids dropped their first match of the season by a score of 3-2 to defending MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids were led again by Vicente Sanchez who had two more goals from the spot, but shaky defense, a lack of self control, and missed opportunities plagued the Burgundy Boys.
Here is The Good, The Bad, The Ugly-Colorado Rapids, Round Four
The Good-Jared Watts
So the Rapids know how to find young talent. The Rookie made his debut for the suspended Jose Mari and showed a confidence that belies his age. He was very active on the pitch and did not hesitate to step up and move to Left Back for the injured Marc Burch and I was impressed with his poise and execution as well. Was it perfect? Certainly not -- but nothing the Rapids did on Saturday was. But kudos to Watts and kudos to the Rapids scouts who discovered this kid.
The Bad-A Lack of Concentration
Saturday was a frustrating day for a number of reasons but nothing is more upsetting is seeing the Rapids (seemingly) lose their concentration from time to time. From Nick LaBrocca not being able to score with an open net, to a red card ejection for Marvell Wynne (the Rapids second red card of the year), to yellow cards to LaBrocca and Nathan Sturgis-something was lacking. Was it concentration? Was it discipline? Honestly, I don't know. But you can't defeat a quality team like Sporting Kansas City by losing your cool and losing your concentration.
The (Not So) Ugly-Missing Players and Opportunities Abound
On Saturday, the Rapids travel to Vancouver and will be missing Chris Klute (injury), Wynne (suspension), possibly Moor (suspension) and possibly Burch (injury). Those are big names, but it is time for players to step up and prove they deserve the spot they have on this roster. Obviously the defense is hurting, but Sturgis and Watts can play back there. Jose Mari is eligible to return, so that should help the midfield. The bottom line is this: people are out (for whatever reason) and it is time for others to step up.
Anytime the Rapids drop a decision there is a lot of looking back and wondering what went wrong. So, the Rapids lost. It happens. But what is important now is how they react and the effort they put in on the carpet at BC Place against a team that they will battle for the playoffs this season.