Colorado Rapids took on Western Conference foe Portland Timbers in the final meeting for the two clubs in 2014 and the Rapids were able to finally break their losing streak with a 2-2 draw. It was an exciting match with each club staking itself a lead but the match finally ended level, which was probably the right result based on the overall level of play for the Rapids. That level of play however was significantly better, which was buoyed by the return of a center back and some good play by the midfield. However the improved play was ultimately not enough for full points, as mistakes from previous matches came back to haunt the Burgundy Boys.
Here is how I saw the match:
John Berner 4.5
Berner simply did not have a good game. There are a number of things that could be said, but at the end of the day, Portland took three shots and scored on two of them. And the first Portland goal should have been saved.
Marvell Wynne 6
Wynne shifted back to the outside and overall looked better. He seemed more comfortable on and off the ball and being on the outside is better as it allows him to get more involved in the attack.
Thomas Piermayr 5.5
Piermayr made another start and although he was mostly solid on the evening he did lose his man on the Portland game tying goal.
Shane O'Neill 6.5
O'Neill made his return after several months out of the lineup and there was a significant improvement in the Rapids defense. He looked like he was not quite match fit, but was able to gut out a 90 minute session.
Marc Burch 6
Burch had some culpability on the second Portland goal, but overall played well. He had a delicious assist on the go ahead goal in the second half for the Rapids.
Kamani Hill 6.5
Hill made a return to the starting lineup and although nothing he did will end up on the stat sheet, he was able to provide a little bit more fire and passion on the pitch and was willing to get involved in both the offensive and defensive ends of the pitch.
Jose Mari 6.5
Mari looked more dangerous on the offensive end than he has in quite a while. He was able to feed balls through to the offense and had 3 shots on the evening.
Dillon Powers 6.5
Powers picked up another goal which brought the Rapids level on the night. He exhibits a calm and a poise that truly belies his young age. He again had the Captains armband and it is clear when Drew Moor hangs it up who will be in line to Captain this team.
Nick LaBrocca 6
LaBrocca was being LaBrocca. Solid and not flashy 90 minutes of work but did the little things to help get the Rapids moving and transitioning from offense to defense. Contributed a shot on goal, but I wish he had a bit better touch on his shot. He has a cannon and if he could aim a bit better, he scores many more goals.
Carlos Alvarez 6
A nice shift for Alvarez who was pulled in the second half for another attacking player. He provides a nice pace on the pitch and offers up a nice offensive threat in the midfield, especially with the injuries and absences that the team is facing right now.
Deshorn Brown INC
I am not sure what score to give Brown. On one hand he showed his unbelievable quality on his second half goal, but then he misses what can only be called a sitter. Brown has every tool in his bag to be a top flight striker, but he has these moments where his play boggles the mind.
Dillon Serna 5.5
Serna played 18 minutes (for Alvarez) and did not do much to distinguish himself.