Whenever the Colorado Rapids play the Philadelphia Union the unexpected, and usually interesting, seems to happen. From upsetting the Union in Philadelphia in 2012 to losing at home in a postponed 2013 match, things have always been interesting. The July 12 battle was no different. In a thoroughly entertaining and exciting match, the Rapids tied the Union 3-3 after being down 3-1. The Rapids were led by goals from Dillon Serna, Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown but in a match where you trail by two, a tie is a satisfying result.
Here are the relevant stats for this match (including a separate row for 2014 second half stats):
|Shots||SOG||BS||TP||PA||POSS||Opponent Shots||Opponent SOG|
|at Philadelphia Union||15||5||2||487||83%||63.10%||11||6|
|2014 Second Half Averages||15||5||2||487||83%||63.10%||11||6|
|2014 Season Averages||13.2||4.5||2.7||432||79%||52%||10.8||4.1|
SOG: Shots on Goal. BS: Blocked Shots. TP: Total Passes. PA: Passing Accuracy. POSS: Possession
Record after 18 Matches: (7-5-6) 27 Points
Hero of the Match: Deshorn Brown. Brown is often criticized for his lack of finishing at times and his seemingly strong inability to put the ball on frame. But in this match he took a delicious pass from Gabriel Torres and buried it into the back of the net giving the Rapids a share of the points. It was a quality pass from Torres and better goal from Brown and that is what you expect from him.
Goat of the Match: Shane O'Neill. I have never been a fan of saying a referee gets things wrong, but O'Neill should have been sent off for his 12th minute studs up challenge. It was a disgusting play and something that has no place in football. His ejection could have seriously harmed the Rapids, but fortunately for them, the ref got it wrong.