In what was not the most attractive football match of the year, the Colorado Rapids drew with Seattle Sounders 1-1 and picked up their first ever MLS point in Seattle. Drew Moor scored for the Rapids in the 60th minute and Seattle leveled four minutes later. The tie brings the Rapids to 8-7-7 and 31 points on the year; here is how I saw the match.
Clint Irwin 8
Solid game by Irwin and had a spectacular save in the opening minutes of the game. Could do nothing on the Seattle goal and pulled out six saves for the match.
Chris Klute 6
Was effective moving forward and dealt with the bulk of the Seattle pressure. Seemed out of sorts however on the Seattle goal and at times struggled with clearing the ball out of the Rapids back end.
Drew Moor 8
The captain had a MOTM performance with solid defensive play and a goal in the second half. His goal line clearance helped save the point for the Rapids.
Shane O'Neill 6
Had trouble with clearing the ball but was overall effective with the Seattle pressure. Seemed to tire at the end of the game.
Marvell Wynne 6.5
Very focused and used his speed to frustrate the Seattle offense. Was subbed for fresh legs in the middle of the second half.
Hendry Thomas 6
A ho-hum game for Thomas and was mainly used to help thwart the Seattle attack. Did have one of two Rapids shots on goal.
Nathan Sturgis 5.5
Sturgis seemed to struggle with the physicality of the Seattle midfield and needed more direct and crisp passing.
Atiba Harris 3
Was dreadful all afternoon. Period.
Dillon Powers 5
A very uneven performance for Powers. Crosses and service was good and then bad. You wonder if he was tired from the midweek game.
Nick Labrocca 7
Another good game for Labrocca and was effective on and off the ball. I was a little concerned with starting him, but was proven to be a good move.
Deshorn Brown 5
Not his best effort of the year and finished the game with 0 shots on goal.
If he is not going to score, or even be a threat, why do we continue to play him? I guess you could argue that there is no one else, but since Buddle is not scoring, why not give someone else a chance?
German Mera 5
Mera played 24 minutes and was mainly used for fresh legs for Wynne. Did have a toe poke to force a corner kick late on and several big headers during the blitz of pressure that Seattle created to finish the game.
Anthony Wallace 5
Came on for Brown and put in a 16 minute shift. Nothing exciting from Wallace, but did add another defender and fresh legs.