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Colorado Rapids vs New York City FC: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Another 0-0 draw was the result on a gorgeous (almost) Spring Day in Commerce City. Was it another ugly match or was there some good?

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Scoring Goals.

It is a fundamental thing in soccer.

The rational is: score goals in a match and more often then not you will find yourself on the winning end of things.

Strong Defense.

Again, a fundamental thing in soccer

Stop goals from going in, and you have a chance to win.

In the case of the Colorado Rapids, they have a stout defense, but are struggling generating any offense.  In week one in Philadelphia, they did not generate a shot on goal.  Against New York City FC, the Rapids generated shots on goal, but nothing for their efforts.

Here are the stats from this match:

Shots SOG BS PA TP POSS Opponent Shots Opponent SOG
vs New York City FC 21 7 10 82% 368 48.9% 9 2

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

The Good:  Even though NYCFC had international quality players on their team, you never really got the impression that the Rapids were in jeopardy of giving up a goal.  Yes, Clint Irwin made a pretty sweet save in the second half to deny a David Villa opportunity, but for the most part the Rapids completely pushed NYCFC around.  Yes, the Man City minor league team was able to win the possession battle and total passes battle, but that came more from the Rapids shutting down the final third.  The only option NYCFC had was to pass the ball around.

The Good (Part Two): The Rapids get a lot of grief for a lack of attendance at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  Sell-outs do not happen all that much, even on first kick.  But the park was sold out on Saturday and the crow was into it and that makes all the difference in the world.  I hope that this is a trend rather than a one off, because a full DSGP is such a great place to watch a match.

The Ugly: For as great as the defense has been, the offense can not finish in the final third to save their lives.  Gabriel Torres did not have a good game, but it was not just him.  I am not sure that Dominique Badji is ready to start in MLS, in fact Carlos Alvarez had a bigger impact in 31 minutes of work then Badji did.  Bottom line for this team: figure out a way to score, because you cannot continue to rely on your defense.

The Rapids take the pitch this Saturday at 6:30PM MT (broadcast at 11:30PM on Altitude) against the Houston Dynamo in Houston.  Houston comes into the match at (1-1-1) but this is an opportunity for the Rapids to break their 0-12-4 streak and get their first win of the 2015 season.