The Colorado Rapids made their first trip to Century Link Field in 2015 to take on Seattle Sounders and saw their road unbeaten streak ended as Seattle came away 1-0 winners. The Rapids were never in this match and the scoreline was not reflective as to how dominate the Sounders were.
The loss drops the Rapids to 2-3-7 on the year and leaves them in 10th place in the Western Conference with 13 points while the Sounders ran their record 7-3-2 and take over the top spot in the West.
1) Why So Disinterested: The Rapids came out and played a shockingly poor first half. The passing was bad, the possession numbers were terrible, shock selection was nearly non-existent, and several players looked completely out of sorts.
2) Starting XI Decisions: A good deal of debate was had over who to start with the arrival of Kevin Doyle and Luis Solignac. Would Dillon Powers go to the bench? Or perhaps Juan Ramirez? Well, after the first half that Gabriel Torres had and the immediate impact that Ramirez had, there is a good argument to have Torres on the bench and Ramirez starting.
3) Goodness, Could We Get A Clearance: The most shocking aspect of this match tonight was a lack of consistency from the Rapids on their back line clearances. Time after time, the Rapids could not clear the ball effectively that that led to the Seattle goal. Against a team with the quality of the Sounders, the Rapids have to do better in getting ball up the field.
The Rapids will try and regroup as they next take the pitch at home on Saturday night at 7PM at Dick's against Portland Timbers.