Ding dong, the streak is over! The Colorado Rapids didn't win on Saturday night against the Portland Timbers, but they did end the record-seven game losing streak that they had been suffering through for over a month after a 2-2 draw at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
In contrast with some of the other games in the losing streak, the Rapids actually played a fairly solid match against the Timbers. Kamani Hill and Carlos Alvarez were in the lineup over Dillon Serna and Vicente Sanchez, but the two both performed admirably when it came to creating chances for the Rapids. Defensively, the return of Shane O'Neill immediately looked to be a boost to the home side, and it took quite a while before any Timbers chances turned into something intriguing.
Unfortunately, it did end up being the Timbers who drew first blood after a Diego Valeri goal in the 43rd minute. It looked like it was going to by typical Rapids from that point forward, but the Rapids were lucky enough to earn a penalty almost immediately after the start of the second half to move back into a good spot. Dillon Powers buried the 48th minute spot kick to tie it 1-1.
Surprisingly, the Rapids scored the goal after that as well. Deshorn Brown, who had missed a few other golden opportunities during the match, finally managed to push one into the back of the net with a tidy finish in the 66th minute. Gaston Fernandez responded with a goal behind a slightly broken defense 10 minutes after to finish the scoring out and seal the 2-2 draw.
It wasn't the most impressive match we've seen the Rapids play, but it wasn't a loss. That alone is worth some niceties after the past month and a half, I think.