The Rapids have had issues all season long, and they have been masked by some very good wins and draws to pile points up in the early season. As long as those points kept coming, it didn't look like the problems were going to be shot to the forefront -- after all, why worry when you're winning? Predictably, against an offense that was easily the best they'd faced this year, the Rapids' house of cards tumbled to the ground in a 4-1 loss to the Sounders that was just as bad as the scoreline indicated.
Colorado's offense wasn't going to get a better chance to prove the doubters wrong than today, with the Seattle defense looking discombobulated in most of their games this year and a fire behind them after a terrible performance against San Jose. Seattle gave every chance in the world to the Rapids early on the in the game, and it was all burgundy for the first 10 minutes or so as turnover after turnover committed by the Sounders ended up in the Rapids finding absolutely nothing in the final third. Gabriel Torres and Edson Buddle found it hard to link up, and there were few attempts at runs forward from the midfield as Pablo Mastroeni's box-to-box stacked diamond midfield (Dillon Serna aside) once again found it hard to push past their own box up to the other.
Eventually, Seattle took it upon themselves to take advantage of the laughable Rapids offense, and eventually the Rapids were hit with a defensive error. Jose Mari and Drew Moor both made mistakes on a run by Clint Dempsey in stoppage time, and Lamar Neagle was left with a wide open net to tap the ball into to end Colorado's run of 0-0 halftime results.
Neagle's goal at the end of the half opened the floodgates. Dempsey scored almost immediately after the second half began, as the sloppiness that the Rapids had gotten away with finally collapsed in onto them. Nathan Sturgis, Thomas Piermayr and a host of others didn't do enough to clear the ball away, and Clint Irwin made a mistake as a shot dribbled out of his gloves right to Clint Dempsey. A third goal for the Sounders, and second for Dempsey, followed shortly thereafter.
Pablo made a few attack-minded substitutions as he always does, bringing in Marlon Hairston for an unimpressive Nathan Sturgis and Deshorn Brown in for Edson Buddle, but it was far, far too late for the Rapids at that point. There was a purpose to the attack following that and Dillon Serna, our homegrown lovebug, did score a goal to get the Rapids back into the match, but a three-goal performance in only about 30 minutes was a big ask. Obefemi Martins scored the fourth for Seattle off another counter attack to finish the game off with about 12 minutes remaining.
In some ways, it's a good thing that the Rapids got shellacked against a good attacking team like the Sounders and once again failed to do much of anything of note on offense. Pablo Mastroeni and the Rapids will have some big questions to answer this week, and that 3-1-1 record they had at one point is slipping away mighty quickly.