Tuesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park found Colorado Rapids dropping a difficult and physical match to Atlanta Silverbacks 2-1. The game was a challenging one to watch as the Burgundy Boys played poorly and squandered chance after chance to bury the NASL side. The game saw 4 red cards and 3 other ejections which helped to dampen the quality of the match, but the truth is that the Rapids were just not ready to play and got burned at home.
Here is how I saw the match
Clint Irwin 4.5
Irwin is one of the best goalkeepers in MLS and should be in the rotation for a spot in Russia in 2018. However, this was not his night and the two goals he gave up were preventable.
Thomas Piermayr 6
The defense lacked cohesion but for the most part shut down the Silverbacks runs. But the runs up the outside that are a fixture in the Rapids offense was not there tonight.
Shane O'Neill 5.5
Seemed out of place at times on the pitch and on the only two real threats, did not do well enough to shut things down.
Drew Moor 4.5
Moor was correct when he said the performance was unacceptable and so was his terrible miss on an open goal in the first half.
A red card is never a good thing, but standing up for your Captain is. The game was a joke at that point, but Burch did the right thing and back his Captain and teammate.
Mari was able to marshal the defense, and was able to move the ball forward, but nothing he did led to many true chances on the night. It was an off night for Mari (and the entire team).
Picked up a goal but largely was poor off and on the ball. Like much of the Rapids team, his passes were not crisp, he lacked fire, and was unable to generate much.
Was taken down in the box in the first half (should have been a PK) and this seemed to throw him off his game.
Serna found himself in space often but was unable to get involved in the offense much. When he did get the ball he tried to do too much and found himself losing the ball to Atlanta.
Would have like to see him do better with the ball and it is unacceptable for the strike force to play this badly against a poor opponent. The fact that the Sanchez could not get a goal is not on the Silverbacks, but more on the general inability of the entire Rapids squad to generate offense.
The on-off games of Brown definitely was a let-down on the night (watch out Vancouver) and Brown was unable to duplicate his game from the previous week. Seemed disinterested and frustrated with the thug tactics displayed by the Silverbacks.
Brought some pace and quickness to the game, but could not find a shot to get that all important goal.
Came on for the final 7 minutes, and made some threats at goal, but was not enough for the game winner.