It what can only be described as an incredible night for Colorado Rapids, a sell out crowd cheered the Burgundy Boys on as they emasculated Seattle Sounders 5-1. Led by goals from Deshorn Brown (2), Dillon Powers, Drew Moor and Gabriel Torres, the Rapids put on an offensive display that has rarely been seen at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The victory over the Sounders brings the Rapids to 13-9-9 on the year and in prime place for a trip to the playoffs.
Here is how I saw the match:
Clint Irwin 8.5
Two top class saves on the classless Eddie Johnson preserved the shutout early in the second half. Not much could be done on the Seattle goal, but when your team already has four goals, losing the clean sheet does not hurt as much.
Chris Klute 8.5
Another solid performance for the Defender of the Year candidate. The vaunted Seattle attack was limited to four shots on goal in a match that Seattle felt they could win.
Shane O'Neill 8.5
Ireland or the USA for O'Neill has been in the press this week, but his solid play and physical presence on the back line is what made headlines Saturday night in Commerce City.
Drew Moor 9
The Captain had a very good night with a goal and the pass that started the game off on the right foot. Was out-muscled by Johnson a bit on the Seattle goal, but was very solid all night.
Marvell Wynne 8.5
If you blink, Wynne is going to run right by you. Wynne played fast and physical, and was a big part in Seattle rarely threatening despite the possession discrepancy.
Nathan Sturgis 8
A journeyman no more, Sturgis helped to anchor the midfield along with Hendry Thomas. The possession battle was lost on the night, but it never felt as if Seattle was going to get the ball out of the midfield which is a credit to Sturgis and Thomas.
Hendry Thomas 8.5
Thomas had an assist on the night (on the Moor goal) and was his usual beast of a man in the middle.
Deshorn Brown 10
2 goals, 4 shots, and a National Team call-up? Not a bad day at the office.
Dillon Powers 9.5
59 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist, and 2 shots on goal. Any questions?
Vicente Sanchez 9.5
Two assists and made the Seattle defense look ridiculous. He pace and footwork is second to none.
Gabriel Torres 9.5
Grabbed his first MLS goal and showed everyone in the park how good he is. It is going to be fun to see what he does after the International Break (which MLS does not observe, of course).
Martin Rivero 8.5
Was "this" close to scoring on a beautiful free kick. How is this for a sub: take off a rookie of the year candidate and sub in our #10. Not too shabby.
Nick LaBrocca 8
Brought in for Brown to help solidify the midfield.
Atiba Harris N/A
Late game cameo for Harris, but you have to think he gets more playing time on Wednesday against San Jose.