Colorado Rapids traveled to Sandy, Utah on Friday night in another nationally televised game and got steamrolled by their arch rivals Real Salt Lake 5-1. The Rapids actually started brightly but a series of defensive miscues, poor goaltending, and an utter lack of cohesion doomed our Beloved Burgundy Boys to their 8th defeat in 9 games and effectively eliminated them from playoff contention.
Here is how I saw the match:
Joe Nasco 3
Nasco had a very difficult game and is showing that he may not be able to perform at this level as a starter in MLS. He just has to do better on the goals he gave up and needs to be a vocal leader in the back.
Marc Burch 3
A defense that gives up 5 goals did not have a good game. Defense is a team game, and this team failed pretty miserably.
Shane O'Neill 3
A second game for O'Neill in the back, and the impact he had in the Portland game was not there in this match.
Thomas Piermayr 3
Piermayr looked overmatched the bulk of the night, but it is not totally his fault. The midfield needed to do a better job in preventing runs into the final third, and this did not happen.
Marvell Wynne 3
Wynne did not have a good game. Although this is hardly a shocker when looking at a 5-1 scoreline.
Carlos Alvarez 4
Alvarez was an interesting start for me. I would have thought that in a match against a good offensive team like RSL, why you start three attacking midfielders in the middle. Alvarez just was unable to track back and play the kind of defense that was going to be required to help prevent goals.
Dillon Serna 5
Serna looked dangerous on the offensive end, but like Alvarez was unable to help provide the defensive cover that was going to be required on this night.
Jose Mari 6
Mari had the armband for an ailing Dillon Powers, and was able to pitch in with a stunning strike from distance that is helping to re-write the physics text books.
Kamani Hill 5
Hill played 45 minutes for the Rapids, but like some of the other choices in the midfield, Hill was not necessarily the best option as he is not the best on the defensive end.
Deshorn Brown 5
Brown did not score, but took 5 shots with two on frame. Not terrific stats, and in a match where goals were always going to be needed, Brown needed to find a way into the back of the net.
Gabriel Torres 5.5
I loved seeing Torres out there and starting as he is a guy that has been badly mismanaged this year. I do not know if he is going to be in the plans for 2015, but he should be starting every game and playing the full 90 here on out.
Marlon Hairston 5
A halftime sub for Hill and Hairston did very little in the way of pushing the team forward. The game was out of hand at that point so it is difficult to be too tough on the lad. I do like the way Hairston plays and I am excited to see his game grow.
Charles Eloundou N/A
A late game cameo for Eloundou
John Neeskens N/A
Like Eloundou, Neeskens made a late game cameo.