The Colorado Rapids squeaked out a 1-0 win over Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Tuesday night in the fourth round of the US Open Cup. The Rapids were led by an 84th minute goal from Dillon Serna to see off the Switchbacks in the second iteration of the Colorado Derby at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and although this was not the best the Rapids have played this year, it was a win.
1) Conor Doyle: He looked more uncomfortable in front of goal than a vegan at McDonalds. He lacked touch and finish and had shots that sure looked like goal scoring opportunities that he simply whiffed on. I am not sure if it is that he has not played much or what, but he looked quite poor tonight.
2) The poorness: It wasn't just Doyle that looked bad. The Rapids, bye and large, were not the better team tonight. Do not believe what else you might hear or read--the Rapids were second best for large portions of this match. If not for a lack of finishing by the Switchbacks, the Rapids could have found themselves in extra time or worse---a loss.
3) But a Win: All of this being said: the Rapids won the match and at the end of the day, that is all that matters. They are advancing to the fifth round and continue on in a tournament that they have never won.
We will have much more on this in the coming days, but for now the Rapids advance to the fifth round in the US Open Cup and return to MLS action on Saturday at home against Chicago.