The Colorado Rapids and Orlando City Lions met for the only time in the regular season Wednesday at The Citrus Bowl in Orlando and it was a punishing defeat for the Burgundy Boys. Orlando scored twice in the span of three minutes in the middle of the second half and the Rapids could not find their way back.
The Rapids started brightly and had the best opportunity of the match as Luis Solignac found himself all alone but inexplicably put it right at Tally Hall. From there the Rapids settled down and looked like they might grab a shock result, but after the halftime whistle Orlando City made adjustments and the Rapids did not. It was over after the 65th minute and the Rapids are now winless since May 23.
For the Rapids, they fall further behind in the Western Conference playoffs with a 2-5-9 record and still have recorded just two wins in the last 11 months.
1) Offense? Anyone? I just do not get it. How the Rapids can be so absolutely putrid on offense every single game. It boggles the mind how absolutely crappy they can be game in and game out and just cannot generate any realistic chance on frame. And when they do, they hit it right at the goalkeeper (looking at you Luis Solignac). Check these stats for the Burgundy Boys:
Possession: Orlando--56.8%. Colorado--43.2%
Shots: Orlando--20. Colorado--10
Shots on Goal: Orlando--7. Colorado--4.
2) Motivation? Inspiration? Why are the Rapids so incredibly flat all the time. Players play. Coaches coach. If you have a bunch of unmotivated players there is a solution to this: change what is happening. And for Rapids fans, that change means one thing:
Pablo Mastroeni needs to go
If the team is struggling this bad, and has just two wins in 11 months (with only one with Mastroeni in charge) is it time for a change? This is a lost season for the Rapids and much of that rightly falls on the coach.
3) Tactical Flexibility? Pablo changed his formation? Seriously? Well, he did and went with a 4-4-2 to start the game. For me, whether it was the right or wrong decision, it was nice to finally see him change the formation because the 4-2-3-1 was not working. Not that there was a whole lot of success with it regardless.
The Rapids are on the road again on Saturday at Sporting Kansas City at 6:30 PM MDT and the match will be broadcast on Altitude.