The Colorado Rapids came out and beat the Houston Dynamo 2–1 on a quiet midweek evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. So quiet you could hear the players talking to each other on the pitch, including a few expletives.
The Rapids grinded out two goals, getting one goal on penalty kick by Vicente Sanchez and the other on a diving header by Kevin Doyle. One could argue the handball was soft, but it was awarded and the Rapids converted. Doyle’s goal came after a nice chip by Dillon Serna that was chased down by Sean St Ledger on the endline who crossed it into the box.
The Rapids and Dynamo were set up to be defensive in this match and that is what we saw. Both teams were trying to get the ball through the middle and that was just clogged up. The Rapids had the better chances but many times they were too slow through the middle and final third to capitalize on the chances.
Those that seemed to slow things down too much were Marcelo Sarvas in the middle, Kevin Doyle and Dillon Serna in and around the box. Gabriel Torres got some nice one-timers off.
The Rapids defended well and provided only a few opportunities. The Dynamo only took six shots, putting three on target. I guess you should do that when you start seven defenders including Clint Irwin.
Here is how I saw the match:
Clint Irwin (8): Irwin was great again, making some great saves and almost keeping the penalty by Brad Davis out of the net.
Drew Moor (7): Steady all night on the right side. Saw him getting to the middle and sometimes floating to the left side in this match. I kinda think you would want your right back to stay in his lane if possible. Luckily it didn’t hurt the Rapids.
Bobby Burling (6): Except for the yellow card, he had a nice evening on the backline controlling Will Bruin. He had me fooled in the stands because I thought he got it with his head, but I was at the wrong angle for me to see the hand to ball motion he made. The call from the referee was late, but it was the correct call. He will miss the Sporting KC match because of yellow card accumulation.
Sean St Ledger (7): He has settled into the center back position and I expect him to stay there the rest of the season. He had a good strong match and made a great run out of the backfield with the ball to get an assist on Doyle’s goal.
Maynor Figueroa (7): Since joining the squad, Figueroa has been the best defender for the Rapids. He is physically strong on the ball, doesn’t panic with it at his feet and knows how to get out of trouble.
Marcelo Sarvas (6): More active this match and helped shut things down in the midfield. He had a good move to draw a foul and yellow card on Will Bruin in the second half.
Sam Cronin (5): Just seemed out of sorts on Wednesday night. He earned a yellow for running up the back of Giles Barnes.
Vicente Sanchez (8): Sanchez was my man of the match for the Rapids. He had Alex out-of-sorts all evening, drawing a penalty kick in the 19 minute. He troubled the Dynamo defense many times on the evening and was the most active player for the Rapids.
Dillon Serna (7): Seemed to get better in the second half once Dillon Powers on the pitch and Serna went out wide. But seemed to be getting out wide throughout the first half. Missed an opportunity in the second half when the goal was empty and instead of taking the shot with his right, he switched it to his left and lost the opportunity.
Gabriel Torres (7): He was active throughout the evening and got some good shots off. He didn’t waste time on the ball. His shot in the opening minutes was just over the crossbar.
Kevin Doyle (6): Doyle is just a little slow in the box when players are around. He needs to not worry about the pretty goal and just put the ball on frame. He didn’t have to drop as deep as he did against the fire and did get a goal on a wonderful diving header late in the match.
Subs Dillon Powers (6): Powers came on in the 57 minute for Gabriel Torres and was decent. He did take a ball out of the air, but put it just wide of the frame.
Juan Ramirez (5): He came on for Vicente Sanchez in the 65 minute. He had a great move in the box but instead of taking a shot with the space he earned, he tried to take another touch. He had more than enough space to curl a shot in.
That is how I saw the match. Let me know how you saw it.