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2014 Review: Match Six--Rapids vs Quakes

LOL. It is the Quakes. Please throw out everything you know about good soccer and prepare for this one.

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

It is truly a shame that Colorado Rapids have to play the San Jose Earthquakes three times a year.  For whatever reason the Quakes manage to bring the Rapids down to their crappy level of soccer and it is just horrific to watch.  Even when the Quakes were good back in 2012, it was still terrible soccer to watch.  And unfortunately, the Rapids played right into that in a terrible 0-0 draw in Commerce City on April 19.

Here are the "stats" for this match (such as they are):

Shots SOG BS TP PA POSS Opponent Shots Opponent SOG
vs San Jose Earthquakes 10 1 4 495 84% 60.90% 6 0
2014 Averages 12 4.33 3.16 417 78% 50.13% 10.5 3.3

SOG: Shots on Goal.  BS: Blocked Shots.  TP: Total Passes.  PA: Passing Accuracy.  POSS: Possession

Record after six matches:  3-1-2  (11 points)

Hero of the Match:  The Midfield. The Rapids really were quite good in the middle of the pitch as they set a season high for total passes in the match and possession and did fantastic at keeping the Quakes off the ball and limiting their chances going forward.  It was a good collective effort by the team and they dominated a terrible team.

Goat of the Match:  One shot on goal. Seriously?  One shot on goal was all the Rapids could muster and they never really looked threatening.  For as good as the Rapids were at controlling the midfield, they were equally poor at finishing chances.  And it continued the worrying trend of less and less shots on goal as the season has progressed.