"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|
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.