A gorgeous Friday night in Commerce City greeted Colorado Rapids as the Rapids returned from a two game road trip to take all three points from Chivas USA. The most comprehensive and professional performance of the year saw the Rapids grab a 3-0 victory and push the Rapids further up the Western Conference table. Although the performance and result were vital, the most important thing of the match was seeing the return to form (for at least one night) of Gabriel Torres. Torres looked every bit the player that the Rapids wanted when they signed him as the first Designated Player in Rapids history back in 2013. But how did the rest of the team look?
Here is how I saw the match:
Clint Irwin 7
Irwin had very little to do on the night, and was called upon to make just one save. And he had his league leading seventh clean sheet of the year.
Chris Klute 6.5
The defense as a whole did well and Klute was good along the back line. He did seem a bit tentative moving forward and had opportunities to shoot on goal and did not.
Marvell Wynne 7
Wynne started in center back for an injured Shane O'Neill and was as effective as you would expect him to be. Chivas USA did not pose a consistent threat on goal, but Wynne did well with was presented to him.
Drew Moor 8.5
Captain Colorado was good on the back line, but his soaring header for the second goal was pure class.
Marc Burch 7
Another start for Burch and he was effective preventing Chivas attacks, such as they were, up the right flank.
Nick LaBrocca 8
LaBrocca does all of the little things on the pitch that don't get a whole lot of notice. And then he provides an excellent goal that was a just reward for someone who works that hard.
Dillon Powers 7.5
Powers was good on the evening and provided an excellent corner kick assist for the Drew Moor goal in the first half.
Jared Watts 6
Watts left the match in the first half with an injury but was OK during his shift. He did provide one shot on goal (which was an improvement)
Dillon Serna 7
Serna had another assist and looked dangerous all night. He made run after run forward and his passing was crisp and direct.
Vicente Sanchez 6.5
Every time that Sanchez touches the ball, you wonder what is going to happen. And usually, great things happen. A pure joy to watch him play.
Gabriel Torres 9
Torres was the best player on the pitch and had a beautiful goal to top a night that included 4 shots, 3 on goal, and a goal of the week nominee.
Marlon Hairston 7
Hairston was good on the night and provided an upgrade, both offensively and defensively, over the injured Watts.
Carlos Alvarez 6.5
Alvarez picked up an assist on the Torres goal and had good movement in the midfield to try and add to the Rapids goal total.
Edson Buddle 6.5
Buddle played 14 minutes and with the way the game was going, you felt that there might be a chance for number 100. Alas, it did not happen.