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2014 Review: Match 22--Rapids vs Real Salt Lake

The Rapids lost the Rocky Mountain Cup on August 2 in typical Rapids fashion.

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We here at Burgundy Wave have the benefit of hindsight when it comes to looking back at the Rapids season.  At the time of losing the Rocky Mountain Cup, it was difficult to look at it as more than just a tough loss, not the second in a club record 7 game losing streak.  But this was a winnable game and should have been three points.  The Colorado Rapids were the better team in a 0-1 loss to Real Salt Lake and certainly had their chances.  (Looking at you Deshorn Brown).  But alas, we know what happened.

Here are the relevant statistics for this match:

Shots SOG BS TP PA POSS Opponent Shots Opponent SOG
vs Real Salt Lake 22 6 4 550 85% 65.3% 6 3
2014 Second Half Averages 15.6 5.8 3.2 442.8 78% 53.54% 9.6 4.8
2014 Full Season Averages 13.7 4.7 2.9 432 79% 51.85% 10.5 4.1

SOG:  Shots on Goal.  BS:  Blocked Shots.  TP:  Total Passes.  PA:  Passing Accuracy.  POSS:  Possession

Record after 22 Matches: (8-8-6)

Hero of the Match:  Vicente Sanchez. A healthy Sanchez is a very, very good thing for the Rapids and they are so much better when he is in the lineup.  He worked his magic all night and it was certainly not his fault Brown could not hit waters whilst standing in a boat.  A great game for the veteran.

Goat of the Match:  Deshorn Brown.  He is either on or off for the Rapids and in this match, he was off in a big way.  How in the world you miss that goal from that distance in the first half, I will never know.  Think about it: go into halftime tied and then you play the second half up a man?  Maybe you come back and win, and then what happens to the season?  We will never know because of Brown missing a wide open net.