It is game one
One of 34.
My thoughts about this match:
That Starting XI: I found it interesting that the Pablo Mastroeni led Rapids had preached a 4-2-3-1 all throughout pre-season and then decided to abandon it in the first match of the season. I could not have been the only person that was surprised to see a 4-4-2 rolled out for this match. NOTE: there is some debate about this--whether it was a 4-4-2 vs 4-2-3-1.
Regardless of the actual formation, this was a slightly different lineup than what was expected. Here was the starting XI: Clint Irwin, Michael Harrington, Axel Sjoberg, Bobby Burling, James Riley, Vicente Sanchez, Lucas Pittinari, Marcelo Sarvas, Dillon Serna, Dom Badji, Gabriel Torres.
The Defense: The defense was stout tonight especially when the Rapids went down a man in the second half. Burling, Sjoberg, Harrington, Riley and Shane O'Neill decided that they were going to be solid and not let in a goal. Last year, the Rapids concede a goal and lose the game. Irwin was very solid tonight and made a number of saves that solidified the thinking that Irwin is truly 'CFI'
The Result: Last year, the Rapids lose this game. No doubt. The team this year the team showed an intensity and passion that was lacking in 2014. It was not a perfect performance by any stretch, but the Rapids did enough to gather a point and take that into the first home match on March 21.