The Colorado Rapids and Houston Dynamo battled to a 0-0 draw on Saturday night that featured a few good chances for the Rapids, but ultimately no goals. The Dynamo had the best chances of the night when they were awarded a penalty kick in the middle of the second half. However that kick was blasted over the bar and the game stayed tied.
So what did we learn?
1) Dillon Powers Looks Great--Powers has looked great all preseason and last night was no different. He passed and possessed the ball with poise and looked comfortable in his role on the pitch. I am not sure if this is because he was energized with his trial in the off-season or Pablo Mastroeni has figured out how to use him, but Powers looked terrific.
2) MacMath the Man--The Rapids took an unbelievable amount of grief for the trading of Clint Irwin to Toronto FC, but so far MacMath has looked good as his replacement. I think people forget that he is younger than Irwin, has more starts in Major League Soccer and can be a solid number one. Whether that stays that way is unclear, but he has looked every bit the starter. In this match he made a number of important saves and was a boss in the box.
3) That Finishing--this is a broken record here, but the finishing by the Rapids was quite poor again. Dillon Serna had a great one on one and both Powers and Kevin Doyle had chances that could have (and probably) should have been buried. But, like last season, these did not go in. Again, this is only preseason, but that is a concern as the Rapids are going to need to score goals if they are going to be in the playoff conversation.
Powers, MacMath, Eric Miller, Micheal Azira and Stephen Keel
Who Did Not?
Dominique Badji, Axel Sjoberg, Luis Solignac