When the Rapids drew at home to a stingy Columbus Crew on Friday, many fans came away disappointed with the outcome. Yes, a point is good and what not, but anything less than three in front of a standing-room-only crowd on your nation's birthday feels like a loss.
The theme of the game was all-too-familiar: inconsistency. Lack of consistency has stolen points from this Rapids team time and time again, and it's proven to be costly. Allow me to walk you through the roller coaster of results for the Rapids thus far:
A 2-0 win over Portland, followed by a 3-2 loss to Sporting KC at home.
Road wins in Vancouver and Toronto, followed by a listless draw to San Jose at home.
A hard-fought victory against LA, then a 3-1 loss to Chivas at home.
High-flying triumphs over Montreal and Houston, and then another lackluster draw against Chicago at home.
A 5-2 thrashing of Orlando City in the US Open Cup, followed by an absurd crashout to Atlanta Silverbacks at home.
A dominating performance against Vancouver, and then last Friday's debacle versus Columbus... at home
Why is it that the Rapids can't seem to find a lasting string of good form? Granted, you could point to odd lineups for some of those results (kudos to Pablo & Co. for playing as close to a first choice lineup for the past several weeks), but poor choices don't explain them all. Perhaps the better question is why do the Rapids continue to drop points in the friendly confines of Dick's Sporting Goods Park?
Parity is king in MLS, and even the strongest of clubs are subject to its law. On any given week, last place can rout the Supporters' Shield leaders. It's one of the many things that make this league so enticing. But the Rapids are a sub-par road team (8 road goals scored to date, and only Montreal and SJ have fewer), and therefore cannot afford to continually give up points at home, least of all to struggling teams they should beat.
Fortunately, Colorado has more homestands in their schedule than a baseball team (not really), so things are still looking very bright for the Rapids at the midway point of the season. As it stands, should the Rapids replicate the results they've had for next half of the season, they'll finish with 52 points. That's one more than the record-breaking 2013 season. If someone told you in preseason that the Rapids could have 26 points halfway through, would you have taken it?
Of course you would have.
What are your thoughts on the Rapids inconsistent play? Leave your insights in the comments section below.