A sad loss, but an overall great season for the Colorado Rapids came to an end on Sunday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids lost to the Seattle Sounders 1-0 (3-1 on aggregate) and finished their season.
The Rapids came out aggressive in the first half and had several good opportunities. The Kevin Doyle cross that Sebastien Le Toux could not get on the end and the Jermaine Jones chip that landed on the top of the net are two examples.
While the defense has been the Rapids strength all season, it was their undoing in the second half when a bad turnover cost the Rapids. Jared Watts had a bad header that Nelson Valdez with the perfect pass to Jordan Morris who got it over Zac MacMath into the net in the 56'.
The Rapids really did not mount many chances in the second half. In total, they had 16 shots, but none of those were on net. That is not good when you needed one goal, let alone two goals after the 56'.
Here is how I saw they match.
Zac MacMath - 6 (6.50): MacMath was not troubled much in this match. He could have made the big save on Morris' shot, but it is a tough act. In reality, he was lucky not to have been sent off on that play because he slid into Morris.
Marc Burch - 7 (6.10): Burch was active and one of the better players on Sunday afternoon. He was up and down the pitch and was conscious of Morris all day attacking on his side.
Axel Sjoberg - 7 (6.60): Sjoberg had a good day defensively. He had a great tackle on Morris in the first half that would have allowed Morris in alone on MacMath if he had gotten past Sjoberg.
Jared Watts - 6 (6.10): One bad defensive clearance ruined an otherwise decent game by Watts. He had several good clearances and kept the Sounders in check.
Eric Miller - 6 (6.07): Miller had a decent game. He was not as involved in the attack but had a couple good crosses. He played well defensively and helping neutralize the attack of the Sounders.
Micheal Azira - 7 (7.10): He was solid for the Rapids in this match. He kept Nicolas Lodeiro in check in this match including a key takeaway late in the first half.
Dillon Powers - 5 (6.03): Was decent but missed on some key opportunities, particularly in the second half. One he was wide open and took his eye off the ball and let it run out of play at a critical point. He did frustrate Stefan Frei when the Rapids were taking corners.
Shkelzen Gashi - 6 (6.27): He was good but could have been better on his free kicks in front of goal, he hit the wall both times. His corners were dangerous though.
Jermaine Jones - 7 (7.20): Everything that the Rapids tried offensively did go through Jones. He was most active and created the most problems for Seattle in the midfield. It seems like he was on a different level. Unlucky not to score on the corner in the first half.
Sebastien Le Toux - 4 (4.47): Le Toux brought experience but was slow and it may have cost the Rapids a goal. He should have got on the end on one of Doyle's crosses and should have been close or there for another one.
Kevin Doyle - 6 (5.83): Doyle put in some good work and had some good crosses that, at least one of them, should have been put in the net. He should have done better in the final third, but did not have many chances.
Marlon Hairston - 7 (6.60): Hairston came on just after the goal in the 59' for Le Toux and it may have been too late. For me he should have started. From the moment he came on he created problems for Seattle, getting past Joevin Jones and getting a good quality shot and probably should have drawn a penalty kick when Chad Marshall handled the ball.
Marco Pappa - 5 (5.53): Pappa came on in the 73' and did not really contribute to the attack. He did not have that many touches in the match when you needed him to do more. I am wondering if Badji would have been better here with his speed.
Dominique Badji - N/A (5.37): He came on and it was too little, too late.
That is how I saw the match, what do you think?
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