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2014 Review: Match 26--Rapids at Sounders

Ten days after the debacle at The Dick, the Burgundy Boys hit the road in Seattle.

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The August 30th match at Century Link Field in Seattle was always going to be a difficult one for the Colorado Rapids.  The Seattle Sounders are one of the best teams in MLS and the atmosphere in Seattle is second to none in the USA and rivals many larger clubs throughout the world.  Simply put: there is no shame in going to Seattle and not coming away with a result.

But for me I was more curious to see how the Rapids would respond after the crushing defeat at home ten days earlier.   Would the Rapids fold or would they fine the fortitude to grind out a result for only the second time at C-Link?  The Rapids played OK and dropped a 1-0 decision to the Sounders which extended their losing streak to six games.

Here are the relevant stats for this match:

Shots SOG BS TP PA POSS Opponent Shots Opponent SOG
at Seattle Sounders FC 10 2 2 444 75% 40.50% 12 6
2014 Second Half Averages 15.8 5.5 3.4 455 78% 53% 10.5 5.3
2014 Full Season Averages 14.1 4.8 3 438 79% 52% 10.7 4.4

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

Record after 26 Matches:  (8-12-6)  30 Points

Hero of the Match:  Joe Nasco. Nasco was making his first start and appearance on the year for the benched Clint Irwin.  I have been very consistent in my belief that Pablo Mastroeni completely mishandled his goalkeepers more than any other group of players on this squad.  But, on this day, Nasco was very good.  He made five saves and did a good job in keeping the high powered Sounders offense from scoring more than one goal.

Goat of the Match:  Edson Buddle. Strikers are paid to score goals and in this match Buddle did not register a single shot on goal.  Again, Buddle did not put a shot on goal.  Terrible performance from the veteran.