That was about all I could say after the
loss draw in Salt Lake City on Sunday for the Colorado Rapids. Couple that with a disappointing loss for the Charlotte Independence at Richmond Kickers, it was an all around poor weekend for the #OneClub.
And both clubs missed penalty kicks. Read that again: both clubs missed penalty kicks.
1) Playoffs? Both Charlotte and the Rapids took a sure step backwards in their quest to make the playoffs this year. In the USL Eastern Conference, the Independence sit ninth with nine points and are five points behind the sixth place team. But the good news for Charlotte is that they have two games in hand over the fifth place squad. Win those two games in hand, and it is a different story. But the Independence have not won in a month (in USL play) and that becomes bothersome.
For the Rapids, the playoffs look very much out of reach (at this point). They will need to get to at least 50 points this year and with their current form, lack of confidence, and lack of mentality it is difficult to imagine them getting the 1.8 points per game to make the top six in the West.
2) A Point Per Game: The Independence have 9 points out of 9 games. The Rapids have 14 points out of 14 games. The two clubs are certainly consistent with each other, but a point a game does not lend itself to the type of play that is needed to be successful in either USL or MLS.
3) Speaking of Consistency: Both the Rapids and the Independence missed penalty kicks. Carlos Alvarez won a penalty kick early in the first half for Charlotte but Jorge Herrera put the ball off the post denying the Independence a golden goal scoring opportunity. And we all know what happened with Dillon Powers with his effort in the match in Utah.
It is easy to blame the missed penalty kicks for the results, but that is more a symptom of the actual problem: both clubs struggle on attack and having a cohesive offensive unit. For the Independence, with a brand new team, it is a bit more forgivable. But for the Rapids, they have zero excuse. Will things change for both clubs? Unknown, but time is starting to run short.
The Rapids are off this weekend while the Independence open their new home at Ramblewood Stadium in Charlotte at 5:00PM MDT on Saturday, June 13. The Rapids next take the pitch at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on June 16 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in the fourth round of the US Open Cup.