A Colorado Rapids vs San Jose Earthquakes match, whether in preseason or regular season, is always something that can be difficult to watch. The Quakes are truly the Rapids Achilles heal and it seems like forever since the Rapids were able to defeat the Quakes.
The actual result of the match (although the Rapids dropped a 2-0 result to the Quakes) was less important than getting players a proper run out. With that in mind, here was the Rapids lineup to start this match:
Here was the first half lineup for the Rapids (4-2-3-1):
GK: Clint Irwin
DEF: Wes Knight, Shane O'Neill, Jared Watts, Michael Harrington
DEF MID: Sam Cronin, Lucas Pittinari
MID: Vincente Sánchez, Marcelo Sarvas, Dillon Serna
F: Dominique Badji
After the end of the first half the Rapids trailed after a 43rd minute goal from the Quakes.
The only change at the start of the second half was Quentin Westbury who replaced Irwin in goal.
The Rapids kept that lineup until the 63rd minute when they made wholesale changes. The remaining ten players were subbed off and the following Rapids regulars made their way to the pitch: Gabriel Torres, Carlos Alvarez and Marc Burch. In addition Axel Sjoberg and Joe Greenspan were given playing time in the second half.
The Quakes added an insurance goal in the 74th minute.
I know that his is only a preseason match, but the Rapids are playing in the ultra competitive Western Conference and you would want them to generate some offense. A 2-0 loss to a team, such as the Quakes, that struggles with scoring goals is a concern.