Another solid victory for Colorado Rapids over a Chivas USA team in complete turmoil both on and off the field. Goals from Atiba Harris and Nathan Sturgis, both assisted by Deshorn Brown, won the three points for the Rapids, stretching their unbeaten run to five games. Here's my assessment of individual performances:
Clint Irwin - 7
I can't remember Clint having to do much at all due to Chivas' impotent attack. He was his usual assertive self when dealing with crosses coming into the box and now has another clean sheet under his belt.
Brian Mullan - 7
Another solid performance by Brian Mullan proving his worth at right back. Got done one or two times but always puts in timely tackles. Had a hand to play in the second goal two, slipping in Deshorn Brown to deliver for Nathan Sturgis.
Marvell Wynne - 5
Poor performance from Wynne on Saturday full of mistakes which any other team in MLS would have punished the Rapids for. Miscontrolling simple passes, poor positioning and distribution all contributed to a bad day at the office. But eh, clean sheet for the defence so I suppose I can't complain too much.
Drew Moor - 6
Decent game from Drew with his defensive work being up to standard but his distribution from the back letting him down. He played too many long balls, missing out the midfield which our strikers struggled to do anything with.
Chris Klute- 8
Klute is really growing in MLS and has taken his opportunity at left back to turn himself into the Rapids' starter. Eric Avila only got past him once throughout the game and his athleticism to get up and down the flank was useful going forward. His cross for the Rapids opening goal was perfect and capped an excellent performance from the young lad.
Pablo Mastroeni - 6
It was hard for Pablo to get into the game as most of the time the midfield was being bypassed because of long balls out the back. He was his vocal self and led the team but just never really got a hold on the game.
Nathan Sturgis - 8
Over the last couple of games Sturgis has been the standout player for me and he continued with his excellent form against Chivas USA on Saturday. He was everything you'd want from a defensive midfielder - combative in the tackle and simple with his distribution. He even topped his performance off with a tap-in late on from a Brown cross.
Martin Rivero - 6
Martin had his moments whilst he was on the field in the first half but, along with the rest of the team after about 20 minutes, went quiet and struggled to get on the ball. He has the ability to knit together the defence and attack but when the long ball starts creeping into our game it bypasses him, taking him completely out of the game like in the last 25/30 minutes of the first half.
Atiba Harris - 7
Took his goal very well and provided a threat from crosses early on. He tends to start games with a bang only to just tail off towards the end and Saturday was another example of this. After missing a big chance after a few minutes and bagging a goal, he then just became pretty absent and it is something he needs to work on. Nevertheless, for his contribution with the goal he deserves credit for getting the Rapids off to a flyer.
Edson Buddle - 6
One of Buddle's quieter ones. He struggled to get into the game but still provided an outlet for the defence with his excellent hold-up abilities. At times he dropped too deep, searching for the ball, which meant the Rapids had no one to spearhead attacks resulting in the ball coming straight back at the defence too many times.
Deshorn Brown - 9 (MOTM)
Ignoring the fact that he could've been clean-through on goal at least four times if he learned to time his runs, Brown had an excellent game and was a constant thorn in Chivas' side. His pace and trickery was too much for the defensive trio to handle but his finishing touch still needs to be perfected as he wasted a couple of good opportunities. He laid both goals on a plate for his teammates though and should be delighted with his overall performance.
Dillon Powers - 6
Nothing flashy from Dillon but he came in for Rivero and performed well with a few timely tackles thrown in there too. Similar to Mastroeni - struggled to dictate the tempo and get on the ball enough to create much.
Danny Mwanga - 6
Mwanga didn't have much time to influence proceedings apart from a few touches.
Kamani Hill - N/A