The 2013 Colorado Rapids again played well en route to a disappointing result, this time losing 0-1 to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. It's still early enough in the season that moral victories are not meaningless, but there is a frustrating theme emerging this season: the Rapids play better than the result they get.
The team could be pouting, or using the ever-growing number of injuries as an excuse, but thus far the players and coaches have shown a more constructive approach. Losing both starting strikers, Edson Buddle and Deshorn Brown, within 36 hours of kickoff would be difficult to manage for most teams, especially with multiple attacking midfielders (Martin Rivero and Kevin Harbottle) also out. In many cases, this would lead to a more defensive posture and trying to grind out a win. Instead, the Rapids plugged in Atiba Harris and Danny Mwanga and the offensive pressure didn't miss a beat. The positive approach says a lot about the coaching, and the play on the field under difficult circumstances says a lot about the players.
As I've said before, this is a team that can make some noise later in the season, if they can get healthy in time, and have enough points under their belt when they do.