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2014 Review: Match Nine--Rapids at Quakes

The 2014 Season Review continues as the Rapids traveled to San Jose for their only visit of the 2014 season on May 7.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Whenever I watch my Colorado Rapids play the San Jose Earthquakes I always find myself saying:

"I do love football.  I do love football.  I do love football.  The Quakes won't bring me down.  I do love football."

But, and if I am being perfectly honest, this was not a terrible match to watch.  (At least by the standard that is usually a Rapids-Quakes game).  Of course, the match finished 0-0, but there were actual shots on goal and there was some good movement by both teams.  It certainly was not a game that will change the impression of a Rapids-Quakes match, but at least it did not leave you wanting to rip your eyes out after viewing it.

Here are the relevant stats from the match:

Shots SOG BS TP PA POSS Opponent Shots Opponent SOG
at San Jose Earthquakes 16 4 2 424 80% 44% 16 7
2014 Averages 12.2 4.2 2.6 412.4 78% 47.79% 12.7 4.8

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

Record after Nine Matches:  (4-2-3)  15 points

Hero of the Match:  Clint Irwin. I know it is beginning to sound like a broken record with Irwin, but he simply was terrific on the night.  He made some unreal saves towards the end of the match which made up for a completely inept Rapids offense.  I am not a big believer in one person wins or loses a game, but Irwin stole a point for the Rapids in Santa Clara on May 7.

Goat of the Match:  That Inept Offense.  Yes, the Rapids did generate 4 shots on goal but they never seemed to really threaten the Earthquakes throughout the match.  Edson Buddle and Gabriel Torres (who we later learned was a bit out of shape) struggled throughout the 90 minutes trying to find a way to breakdown the defense.  There was some movement by Charles Eloundou and Kamani Hill, but it was a struggle all evening for the Rapids offense.