A gorgeous fall day greeted Colorado Rapids as they took the pitch in front of a near capacity crowd against Western Conference rival Seattle Sounders. The Rapids never really got out of the starting block and suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Rave Green and were officially knocked out of the MLS Cup Playoffs and can begin preparations for the 2015 season.
Here is how I saw the match:
Clint Irwin 6
Irwin made his return to the starting lineup and it confirmed what I already knew. Irwin is a very good goalkeeper who has been let down time and time again be atrocious defense.
Chris Klute 4
Klute is going to be a very good defender, but Seattle just had too much quality to contend with.
Shane O'Neill 5
O'Neill acquitted himself decently, and was a bright spot on a bad day, but it was not good enough as the Sounders torched the Rapids all day long and could have more than four goals.
Marvell Wynne 2
Marc Burch 4
Burch had trouble dealing with the speedy Seattle offense and made a few stops, but just could not deal with the firepower that Seattle has.
Vicente Sanchez 5.5
Sanchez is creative and can do some things with the ball, but it seemed as if he was on an island at times out there--all by himself.
Jose Mari 5
Mari is not the destroyer type of Defensive Midfielder that the Rapids have had in past years and seemed to struggle with more physical play of the Sounders.
Nick LaBrocca 4
Really? Why does LaBrocca have to take stupid yellow cards that serve no purpose at all.
Dillon Powers 4.5
Powers did not have a good game and it is apparent that he is not an outside midfielder. He does better as a creative midfielder playing in the middle.
Deshorn Brown 6
Brown had a good game and grabbed another goal. But sadly it was not enough, but the service he was receiving was poor and it is difficult to score goals with the service he was getting.
Gabriel Torres 5.5
Torres made another start and did do some creative things, but he is a player that needs the ball coming to him from the midfield, and the Sounders were effective in shutting down most of the Rapids pushes forward.
Zat Knight 5
Knight made his MLS debut and you could see his leadership skills out there as he was working with O'Neill in the middle. It was a tough day at the office, but it was an improvement over Wynne.
Dillon Serna 5
Serna played a half hour, but the game was long gone by then. He did bring energy and pace to the pitch, but it was for naught as the Sounders had already finished off the Rapids.
Marlon Hairston 5.5
Hairston played right back and looked OK in his 16 minutes of playing time.