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2014 Review: Match 15--Rapids at FC Dallas

The 2014 Review rolls into Texas as the Rapids made their first trip to Frisco to visit an old friend.

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June 7 was circled on the Colorado Rapids calendar for a number of reason.  First off, it was the last match before the (almost) three week World Cup break but more importantly it was the first crack at former head coach Oscar Pareja.  There were a number of reasons that the Rapids should have been up and ready to play this match, but for some inexplicable reason, the Rapids forgot to play defense against FC Dallas in a 3-2 defeat.  Yes, it was hot as heck but the weather should never be an excuse for not executing the basics in football.

Here are the relevant stats from this match:

Shots SOG BS TP PA POSS Opponent Shots Opponent SOG
at FC Dallas 11 4 2 508 86% 59.2% 13 3
2014 Averages 13 4.5 2.6 428 79% 51.5% 10.6 3.9

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

Record after 15 matches (6-5-4)  22 Points

Hero of the Match:  The Midfield.  The Rapids had some pretty darn impressive numbers in this match.  They set a season high for passing accuracy and had their third highest completed passes number.  They dominated possession and the midfield was able to engineer a push that led to two goals.  Enough was done in this match for a result, but, Rapids gonna Rapids.

Goat of the Match:  That Back Four.  In Major League Soccer, two goals in a match should be enough to secure a result.  But the defense was simply poor the bulk of the night.  Chris Klute, Shane O'Neill, Marvell Wynne and Drew Moor all shoulder some blame for a defense that should have been able to stop FC Dallas.  Especially on the third goal, the Rapids looked simply pedestrian rather than a professional soccer team.  Just not good enough.