The Colorado Rapids ended March 1-1-1 in MLS competition. Although the sting of the loss to Sporting Kansas City will hopefully be dismissed from memory by the upcoming schedule. Let's take a brief look back at the month that was March 2014.
Rapids 1, RedBulls 1
The Rapids have won the category of shots in every game so far this season but the story of March will be that Colorado only lost one match in three while scoring all of their goals by way of penalty kick. Thierry Henry scored in the early second half but Marvin Chavez drew a controversial penalty and MLS leading scorer Vicente Sanchez buried his first penalty kick of the month to salvage a draw in New York/New Jersey.
Rapids 2, Timbers 0
On the first anniversary that no fan of Costa Rica wants to remember Colorado was snowy and bitterly cold again on March 22nd. The Rapids managed to make Jamaican keeper Donovan Ricketts lose his mind and get a red card allowing Sanchez to put away the game with yet another penalty. So maybe every third week of March Dick's Sporting Goods Park should host a visitor from south of the border. DeShorn Brown also got on the score-sheet with the second penalty of the day.
Sporting KC 3, Rapids 2
Defending champions Sporting KC Wiz came to town and showed the Rapids their championship pedigree. KC went up early in the second half before Colorado earned two more chances from the penalty spot to go up 2-1 in the 78'. But the substitution in the 61st was the difference in the game to me. Nathan Sturgis came on for Marc Burch. Which provided the Rapids more offensive help and led to the second penalty. But what was unforeseen was Marvelle Wynne earning a red card which made Jared Watts move to left back and the disorganization of the late winner by Dominic Dwyer. I don't fault Mastroeni for his moves. They were tactically correct. At the least it should have been a draw for Colorado. I just have to say that I've never seen a player move so fast off the field after a red card though. Marvelle knew his mistake and wanted to get off the pitch fast. Hopefully Burch will be able to replace him sufficiently during the trip to Vancouver.
The Rapids start off the month of April visiting the Vancouver Whitecaps. Then a return to Canada the next weekend to Montreal. Then the San Jose Quakes visit Commerce City and the Rapids finish out the month to play in front of the biggest crowd in the MLS at Seattle. Three away games. Very far away. If it wasn't for the three games in eight days scenarios that happen later in the season, I would say that this is the toughest month for the Rapids.