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2014 Review: Match 10--Rapids vs Chivas USA

The May 11 Match can be summed up in one word: Disgusting

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Every football team goes through some patches where they play terrible or they have a terrible game.  The Colorado Rapids are certainly guilty of this (please see the latter half of 2014 as a great example), but the May 11 match against Chivas USA was truly a low point.  The Rapids were putrid.  The got beat 3-1 by a Chivas USA team that was better prepared, better coached, and overall played better.  The Rapids embarrassed themselves and it was the first strong indicator that this season could go pear shaped quickly.

Here are the relevant stats for the match:

Shots SOG BS TP PA POSS Opponent Shots Opponent SOG
vs Chivas USA 16 4 3 527 80% 65% 6 5
2014 Averages 12.6 4.2 2.7 424 79% 49.5% 12 4.9

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

Record after 10 Matches: (4-3-3)  15 Points

Hero of the Match:  The Supporters. The official attendance reported by the Rapids was 10,086 and that figure may have represented tickets sold, but in no way does that reflect the actual amount of people there.  At most, 2,000 brave souls made it out in the cold and snow and they deserve to be commended.  The Rapids did not bother to show up that day, and it is furstrating that the fans who did were so let down by the Burgundy Boys

Goat of the Match: Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni. Quite simply, Mastroeni started a B team against a team he figured they would steamroll and the Rapids got burned.  Yes, I know that the players that played are all professionals, but you have to put your Best XI out there every game, and Mastroeni did not.  This loss falls squarely on his shoulders (hey, try starting your Captain!) and it was the first true game where he looked out of his depth as a head coach.