The Colorado Rapids traveled to Avaya Stadium on Friday night to play San Jose Earthquakes in a fairly ugly match of football that was ultimately decided on a goal from Quakes defender Clarence Goodson. The 1-0 loss is the Rapids third in a row dropping them to 5-9-9 on the year and cements their position of dead last in the table.
Hey, at least there is not relegation.
1) The Lineup: Pablo Mastroeni started a lineup with Maynor Figueroa and Sean St. Ledger making their debuts for the Rapids but was largely devoid of attacking players. The Rapids had a GK (Clint Irwin), four defenders (Drew Moor, Bobby Burling, Figueroa and St. Ledger) and two defensive midfielders (Sam Cronin and Jared Watts). That left just four offensive players for the Rapids on the day and really showed that the Rapids were content with parking the bus and not trying to score. Pablotactics at its finest.
2) So You Need A Goal: At halftime, the Rapids were level at 0-0 so you are thinking to yourself that no changes would be made, but if one was made, an attacker would be brought on. NOPE! A like for like switch was made when Watts was subbed out for Marcelo Sarvas. Another defensive midfielder.
3) Burling, Not So Thug: Look, Goodson deserved the goal he got as it was nice service from former Rapids player Quincy Amarikwa, but Burling cannot be muscled off the ball like that. The cross was right on the goal line and Burling lost position and was manhandled out of the way. Burling has a reputation of a physical player, but on that play he was very poor.
4) A Lack of Passion: The Rapids were regularly beat to the ball and were pushed around by a San Jose team who clearly wanted it more. The fact that the Rapids appeared to not be up for this match is shocking considering how it was termed a "Must Win" by Moor. I don't know if the Rapids phoned it in, but this was a terrible performance by the club. So little passion.
The Rapids will try and break their current losing streak next Saturday as they travel to Chicago to take on the Fire. That match will be broadcast on Altitude at 6:30 PM MDT.