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Game Recap--Rapids vs Chivas USA--Sweet Relief

Pablo joins the Gallery of Honor on a night when the Rapids put in their most professional performance of the season.

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A fantastic night in Commerce City saw our beloved Burgundy Boys put together their most complete and professional performance of the year in a 3-0 drubbing of visiting Chivas USA.  On a night that saw the Colorado Rapids induct legend Pablo Mastroeni into the Rapids Gallery of Honor, the lads put in a solid 90 minutes of work that brought their record to 8-6-6 on the year and 3rd in the Western Conference table.

The Rapids were on the front foot from the get-go on this match and had a golden opportunity from Dillon Serna in the second minute.  The chance from Serna was set up by Gabriel Torres, who had his best match of the year, and the interplay between Serna and Torres was impressive.  The Rapids had multiple dangerous runs until they scored their first goal from the most unlikely of sources--Nick LaBrocca.  LaBrocca was able to score his first of the year from some good service from Serna, and LaBrocca's finish was something that should get Goal of the Week consideration.

The boys continued to push the ball up the field and were rewarded in the 26th minute as Captain Colorado, Drew Moor, found the back of the net with a beautiful header from a corner kick from Dillon Powers.  After this goal, the game was pretty much over but the Rapids continued to press to try and get a third goal.

The third goal came in the 74th minute and offered sweet relief for the much maligned Torres.  It is no secret that Torres has had a tough year, but the relief on his face after scoring a magnificent goal was palpable throughout Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  He was so happy and relieved, and his face was a microcosm of the entire night.  The Rapids laid an egg the last time they played Chivas USA, but the Rapids, like Torres, were able to exercise a few demons with this victory.  This win feels like a jumping off point for a tough stretch of games, but if the Rapids can continue to put in performances like this, anything is possible.