The Colorado Rapids have completed their 2016 preseason and are just days from First Kick against San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. The Rapids have a number of decisions to make this week in regard to trialists and draft picks, but for now we are looking back at the preseason and ask the question: what did we learn?
A quick recap of the preseason:
|Opponent||Location||Result||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Scorer|
|Seongam FC||Chula Vista, CA||WIN||4||2||Yann Ekra, Kevin Doyle (3)|
|OC Blues FC||Chula Vista, CA||WIN||2||0||Caleb Calvert, Kevin Doyle|
|Sacramento Republic FC||Sacramento, CA||WIN||1||0||AJ Cochran|
|Swope Park Rangers||Tucson, AZ||LOSS||1||3||Dominique Badji|
|Houston Dynamo||Tucson, AZ||DRAW||0||0||N/A|
|Sporting Kansas City||Tucson, AZ||LOSS||1||4||Zach Pfeffer|
|Arizona United SC||Tucson, AZ||WIN||3||0||OG, Kevin Doyle, Shkelzen Gashi|
A 4-2-1 record was the result of the Rapids efforts this pre-season with a goal differential of +3. Kevin Doyle had five goals and an additional six other players had goals. And the Rapids had four clean sheets as well.
Not too shabby overall.
But again, what did we learn?
1) Kevin Doyle knows how to score--the Rapids have been looking for a guy who can get on the ball and put it in the net and since the departure of Conor Casey, the Burgundy Boys have not really had that. They just might in Doyle as he put five in this preseason and looks to be the true target forward that they have been needing for quite a while. Obviously, this needs to translate to the regular season, but things are looking brightly for Doyle and that is good for the Rapids.
2) Gashi to Doyle--yeah, that has a nice ring to it and so did this on Saturday night:
3) The Clean Sheets--yep. Tim Howard sure does look like he is on his way to the Rapids but the Rapids appear to be in good hands with Zac MacMath in net. Obviously, when Howard does get to Colorado he will be the Number One in net, but until that point MacMath is a solid option. And MacMath will probably be in net for at least half of the season, so it's nice to know that the Rapids are in good hands with MacMath.
But the bottom line is this: can this translate into wins and a strong start for the Burgundy Boys? The Rapids are on the road to start the season and then come home for their opener against LA Galaxy on the 12th. If the Rapids can grab four points out of six available would be a great start. Can they do it?
We will begin to find out on Sunday.