So that happened...
In a match that Colorado Rapids would probably like to forget, the Burgundy Boys were hammered at Century Link Field by Seattle Sounders FC 4-1. Local Brighton, Colorado native Dillon Serna earned his first goal of his MLS career, but the Rapids had no overall for the high powered Seattle offense.
Here is how I saw the match:
GK: Clint Irwin 6
It is easy to be hard on a goalkeeper who gives up 4 goals in a game, but Irwin also had 8 saves on the night and his defense let him down time and again.
DEF: Chris Klute 4
Klute, like the rest of the back four, had trouble keeping up with the Seattle offense. Giving up three goals in 7 minutes is difficult for any team, but with the Rapids anemic offense, it is even tougher.
DEF: Shane O'Neill 4
O'Neill, and his partner Drew Moor simply struggled against Seattle's strikers. Make no mistake, Seattle (right now) is the best team in the league, but O'Neill and Moor have to do better.
DEF: Drew Moor 4
Moor had a rough game (in his defense, many center backs struggle against Seattle) and you have to hope that this type of game helps in the long run and shows where the Rapids defense needs to improve.
DEF: Thomas Piermayr 4
Looked lost at times and struggled, along with the entire back four, at containing the runs of the Sounders.
MID: Jose Mari 5
Like the rest of the team, the midfield struggled. The possession and passing numbers are staggering: Possession 57.4%-42.6% in favor of Seattle. Seattle had 147 more passes than the Rapids. Mari and the midfield unit did a poor job controlling the ball and when they did they were largely ineffective.
MID: Nathan Sturgis 4
Sturgis did not have his best shift of the year and struggled with controlling the midfield and getting balls forward.
MID: Nick LaBrocca 5
LaBrocca had an assist on the night but like the rest of the team struggled with the speed and pace of the Sounders
MID: Dillon Serna 7
F: Gabriel Torres 4
Well, he got his first shot on goal for the year. But strikers are paid to score goals and again, Torres comes up short.
F: Edson Buddle 4
Maybe playing Los Angles this weekend will help Buddle, but he just did not look good. I know it is different formation that the Rapids are playing, but Buddle is paid to score goals and you can't score if you don't put it on frame.
He came on for Sturgis and played his most significant minutes of the year. Was looked upon to bring a more offensive flair to the game, but by that point the writing was on the wall for the Rapids.
He had a shot on goal. Sad that a SOG is news.
Watts showed no ill effects after the head shot from last weekend, coming on for Mari for the final quarter of the match.