Well, this hurts.
When we write for Burgundy Wave we try to be objective and never let our emotions get in the way of trying to report our views on Colorado Rapids and MLS and world soccer in general. We do a good job of offering our slant on things, but sometimes things happen in matches that get us so riled up that emotion and reason get thrown out the window.
This is not that time.
I want to be pissed. I want to be frustrated. I want to yell at the top of my lungs at the injustice that happened tonight at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, but at the end of the day, it does nothing. The Rapids lost 2-1 and ended their US Open Cup run. No amount of bitching or complaining changes the result. It is what it is and I am sure I will drink heavily to get over this one, but until then:
Here is The Good, The Bad, The Ugly--Colorado Rapids, World Cup Break Part 2
The Good--Uh, less fixtures
I am grasping at straws here, but at least by
completely blowing it ending their US Open Cup run, there are less fixtures on the docket and the Rapids can focus on getting a playoff spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. So, uh, I guess there is that.
The Bad--Regardless of the competition, losses suck
I went to Sacrament this past weekend and saw the Rapids reserves lose to a USL Pro team. It was tough to take, and like many losses in the year, the Rapids played down to their competition.
I want to blame the refs. Oh, goodness do I want to blame them. But at the end of the day, the Rapids had their chances. They had their runs. They had their shots, and yet they could only generate one goal off a PK. It is easy to blame refereeing, but the Rapids were largely second best for the bulk of the game and sadly, they did not do enough to win this match. Fair or not, it is the truth. Blaming the refs is a crutch to hide pitiful play, and the Rapids were just not good enough to get it done tonight.
So the US Open Cup Run is over. Oh well, time to concentrate on getting a result this weekend as the Rapids enter back into MLS Cup play against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.