Well miracles do happen. It wasn't quite the Miracle on Ice, but the Colorado Rapids went up to the Pacific Northwest and came home with three points after beating the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on a late goal by Kevin Doyle.
The Rapids head out on the All Star break with nine points in their last three games. Things are looking up for the burgundy boys.
This was a tough match to develop ratings. One of the things that you look at is possession, passes, how well the ball is played, and footing. But the lack of quality in what someone thought was real grass threw those measures all out the window this week.
Here is how I saw the match.
Clint Irwin (8): If Clint doesn't come up with a big save in the first 32 seconds or closes down Lamar Neagle early in the second half the result is different. Irwin had a great game and that is becoming the norm for the Rapids.
Michael Harrington (5): Harrington appeared rusty playing in his first match since June. He earned a soft yellow and made a mistake that almost cost the Rapids a goal.
Jared Watts (7): He has quieted his critics over the course of the season. He has put some quality games together. He earned the assist on Doyle's goal with a nice ball that benefitted from the grass when it bounced up nicely.
Drew Moor (6): Hours after being named to the All Star team, Moor took to the pitch back at the center back position and put in a solid game with Watts.
James Riley (5): Riley was lucky to get by without earning a yellow in this match. He seemed to be caught trying to decide on what to do in the first 32 seconds, take the guy heading toward goal or the guy hanging back. He was slow getting to Thomas who got off a decent shot.
Sam Cronin (6.5): Sam had a good game and did a decent job of disturbing the flow of the game. He also did a good job of yelling back at Toledo, the referee.
Lucas Pittinari (4): Didn't really do much before being subbed off in the 28 minute after suffering an injury. What he was able to do was earn a yellow card for a tackle from behind in the Rapids attacking half. Not a really smart play. Hope the injury is not that bad.
Marcelo Sarvas (7): He was quite active through the entire match including an attempted back heel over his head. He was getting forward in the attack and disrupting the Seattle attack.
Charles Eloundou (7): After coming on at the end of the RSL match, Charles earned the start and was able to go 75 minutes. He was taking on Seattle defenders throughout the match. The Sounders were putting two or three defenders on him, he just couldn't find anyone to get the ball to.
Kevin Doyle (8): What a finish by Doyle who was able to get through two Seattle defenders, gain possession on that horrible pitch and finish past Troy Perkins. He disappeared there for a little while in the second half but came up big when he needed to. He even worked the corner area in stoppage time.
Vicente Sanchez (7.5): Vicente continues to frustrate the opposing teams. His speed, change of pace and creativity drives defenders crazy. He drew four fouls on Saturday and was able to get four shots off. This new formation benefits Sanchez and he really adds to the Rapids attack.
Dillon Powers (6): Dillon came on midway through the first half for Pittinari and did an admirable job in the central midfielder role. He got off a couple shots that didn't look real good, but that was true for many players in this match.
Juan Ramirez (5): Came on in the 75 minute for Charles Eloundou and made us all nervous when he was holding onto the ball too long. But he did well in stoppage time getting rid of the ball at the right time and allowed Doyle to dribble in to the corner.
That is how I saw the match. What are your thoughts?