Colorado Rapids made their final trip to Seattle this past weekend and put up a decent effort, albeit in another loss, to a Seattle Sounders team that has shown why they might be the class of the league. The Rapids defense has been a gigantic disaster this last month and a half and facing a Sounders team that has been scoring goals right and left. On top of that, the Rapids left starting goalkeeper Clint Irwin on the bench. This had all the makings of a brutal game, but something funny happened--the Rapids were largely able to absorb the pressure that Seattle put up and had a pretty respectable game. Although it was a 1-0 victory for the Sounders, there was a lot of positives out this match.
Here is how I saw the game:
Joe Nasco 8
"The Sheriff" made his MLS debut and performed extremely well. He kept the Rapids in the match and had five saves. It is certainly a good thing to have three goalkeepers capable of starting for this team.
Marc Burch 5
Burch lost his man on the lone Sounders goal and knows it. It overshadowed a respectable game from Burch, but in a 1-0 loss, you simply cannot lose the man you are responsible for.
Marvell Wynne 6.5
Wynne looked much more comfortable in the back and did well limiting the high octane attack of the Sounders. It was obvious that Wynne had a greater trust level with his center back partner on Saturday...as for that partner--
Thomas Piermayr 7
Piermayr looked very solid in the center back position and if his play against the Sounders is what we can expect going forward, we may have found the center back replacement for the injured Drew Moor and Shane O'Neill.
Chris Klute 6.5
Klute looked better and more comfortable (much like Wynne) and was able to get more involved in the (limited) Rapids attack.
Dillon Serna 6
Serna appeared to struggle getting involved in the attack and had a few chances that just alluded him.
Nick LaBrocca 5.5
Possession starts with LaBrocca on this day. Although it is often a stat that does not tell the true tale of a match, but against the Sounders, the Rapids had 41% possession and struggled to do anything offensively. It was a poor offensive match, and part of that stems from a lack of having the ball.
Dillon Powers 6
Powers had the armband again and appeared to be more poised and comfortable with it. The Seattle defense did a good job in limiting the chances that the Rapids had, and Powers did struggle with getting involved.
Marlon Hairston 6
Hairston played about an hour and did not get as involved in the Rapids attack as would have been desired. He was pulled for more of an attack minded player.
Deshorn Brown 6
Strikers score goals, and Brown has not done that in a bit. He did record the only two Rapids shots, but he needs to do better with finishing.
Edson Buddle 5.5
Buddle looked slow and struggled to hold the ball up for the Rapids attack. Did not have a shot on goal.
Gabriel Torres 6
Again, what does the man need to do to get a start? Play him from the opening whistle and lets see what he can do.
Charles Eloundou 5.5
Eloundou saw his first action since June and looked OK in a limited role. He seems to offer a nice change of pace and, although raw, is an exciting player to watch.