Saturday marked the only scheduled trip that Colorado Rapids will make to Chester in 2014 to take on Philadelphia Union and the Burgundy Boys had an exciting, if uneven performance, to claim a road point. The Rapids were led by goals from Dillon Serna, Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown. The Rapids looked out of it with with 15 minutes left, but rallied with two late goals to make up for a shoddy defensive performance.
Here is how I saw the match:
Clint Irwin 7
His statistics are not that outstanding, with giving up three goals in a match. But he made several crucial saves, none more important than the one late in the game to preserve the point.
Marc Burch 5.5
Burch, along with his defensive mates, did not have the best of games. The Union were averaging 1.5 goals scored a game. Burch and the Rapids defense made them look like offensive juggernauts.
Drew Moor 4.5
It was not the best of games from Drew Moor, from his poor passing to his poor man marking. The defensive miscues nearly cost the Rapids points on the night.
Shane O'Neill 4
O'Neill got beat on several occasions, and should have been sent off for a cynical challenge early in the match.
Marvell Wynne 5.5
Wynne was better on the night then the center backs, but the Union still were able to do what they wanted with the ball.
Nick LaBrocca 6
The Rapids largely controlled possession, and LaBrocca had a lot to do with that, but he took another senseless yellow card for mouthing off to the referee. He will now miss the next match against Portland Timbers due to caution accumulation.
Jared Watts 4
Watts was not good on the night and appears to hit the rookie wall. The third goal was on him and he can't get beat like that.
Kamani Hill 6
Hill was good in possession and was able to control the ball, and generated three shots (one on goal). He was lifted after 65 minutes for Carlos Alvarez.
Dillon Powers 8
It is difficult to put into words the impact that Powers can have on a game. He had a goal and an assist with two shots on goal. But it was his movement on and off the ball that was most impressive. Most of the Rapids attacks were started by Powers.
Dillon Serna 7.5
Serna picked up another goal and he looked great filling in for the suspended Vicente Sanchez. He used his speed and creativity to frustrate the Union defense.
Deshorn Brown 8
Brown was dangerous all night and the goal was a moment of pure class when the Rapids needed it most.
Carlos Alvarez 6.5
Alvarez made his Rapids debut and brought energy and pace to the game. Was able to get a shot off in his debut and he showed some flashes that make you think he will see more time on the pitch.
Marlon Hairston 6
Hairston played 12 minutes and was not able to do much while there. He dropped more into a defensive role as the Rapids were able to tie the game.
Gabriel Torres 7
Torres had late game cameo but he was able to provide the assist on the Brown goal. This has to be a stepping stone for further playing time, specifically this weekend against the Timbers.