Saturday night in Tucson was another test in this young season for the Colorado Rapids as they played to a 1-1 draw with New England Revolution. 20 different players saw time in the match with only Clint Irwin and Axel Solberg going the full 90, and the play of the lads has slowly brought some things into focus going into the final two weeks before the MLS season (allegedly) kicks off.
1) Gaby is a new man: The buzz about this game and the preseason has been of Gabriel Torres. And this is good buzz. Many of the professional pundits out there (and who do not live in Colorado) had written Torres off as a bust and after 2014 you could see why. But he has come into this camp fit, healthy, and ready to go. He was good again in the Revolution match, scoring the Rapids goal and showed some positive movement up and down the pitch. It has been said that Torres is a big key to this season. If his preseason play is any indication, the Rapids could be poised to succeed this year.
2) #Welcome Ramirez: The Rapids second designated player in history made his debut in this match and put in a quality, if not workmanlike performance. Now, there was nothing that made you go WOW, but there was some nice movement and passing, but you can tell he is new to the club and still getting his feet wet. I think that when Ramirez is fully fit he will be something special for the Rapids.
3) That Goalkeeper Battle: Irwin was terrific last night making two massive saves with none more important than the save in the final seconds to preserve the draw. The goalkeeping battle is one of the more interesting ones to watch this season, and right now Irwin is doing everything to keep his job. Will Zach MacMath or John Berner beat out Irwin to start on March 7? After last night it is a difficult call and 'CFI' reminded everyone of his skill in the goal.