On a beautiful evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park the Colorado Rapids gave up a late goal to draw with D.C. United 1–1. The Rapids got a seeing-eye goal from Bobby Burling while giving up a late goal to Steve Birnbaum in the 87th minute.
The Rapids dominated this match and gave D.C. United few attacking chances, taking possession for large parts of the match. But the issue of not capitalizing on your chances came back to haunt the Rapids on the late goal. It was just a lapse on defense that cost the Rapids 2 points.
But that is soccer.
After giving up the tying goal, the Rapids probably should have scored. Lucas Pittinari missed a sitter right in front of goal when he whiffed on Burling’s cross. Sanchez was able to follow up with a great shot that forced Bill Hamid to make a big save.
Here is how I saw the match:
Clint Irwin (7): Clint only faced two shots on goal and almost saved the header from Birnbaum. Watching him move off the ball was quite refreshing, specifically providing some good passing lanes if the defense needed a drop pass.
Drew Moor (6): Drew made his 300th MLS appearance and probably hoped for a better result. He tried to keep Birnbaum’s shot out, but it was too far under the crossbar to get it over or out.
Bobby Burling (7): Burling got the seeing eye goal to give the Rapids the lead in the first half. He was strong in the defensive half and did a good job of neutralizing Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio. I’m still not sure how that ball got through all those players.
Sean St Ledger (4): Sean was doing a great job on the defensive end until the 87 minute. He was marking Birnbaum and just didn’t jump to try and defend the goal. My one question is, why was St. Ledger marking him and not Burling? Burling is a lot taller.
Maynor Figueroa (7): He had a great match. He is the starting left back for the Rapids and it is nice to see him play. He has really locked down that position. He got one weak shot on target and drew four fouls.
Sam Cronin (5): Sam had a decent match. He did have a good cross early in the match though. He started out in defensive midfielder role and moved to the center in the midfield when Watts came on.
Lucas Pittinari (4): He had a decent match and had a tough miss on the ball in the box in stoppage time. He had a great cross to Sanchez in the 27 minute. Lucas crossed the ball and it went over the DC United player and dropped to Sanchez’s feet.
Vicente Sanchez (7): Once again Vicente was dangerous on the wing, dribbling at players and putting pressure on the backline of the D.C. United backline. Had a decent shot of winning the match at the end.
Dillon Powers (5): Was having a decent match in the middle of the field. He was all over the pitch. He appeared to take two good shots to the head. Hopefully he is okay for the match this coming weekend.
Dillon Serna (5): He had an excellent opportunity to get a shot off on goal in the first half but was bumped off the ball. Had some good interplay with Sanchez in the first half.
Kevin Doyle (6): Had a quiet, though somewhat productive evening. He had three shots on goal in three attempts. This included a somewhat week header at Hamid.
Dominique Badji (6): He kept active and provided some challenges for the DC United defense. He was quite active down the left side.
Jared Watts (N/A): Came on in the 75’ for Dillon Powers.
Nick LaBrocca (N/A): Came on for Kevin Doyle for some reason in the 87 minute.
That is how I saw the match. What did you think of it?