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2014 Review: Match 18--Rapids at Union

The second half of the 2014 season started with a July 12 trip to Philadelphia to take on the Union.

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

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.