The first match back from a break is always a tough one and this was no different. The players were a little rusty and some opportunities were missed early. But after a few lucky bounces sandwiched between the Rapids back line going to sleep, the Rapids beat the Chicago Fire 2-1.
Not much happened in the first half. Doyle had a couple good opportunities and the Fire were playing deep, sometimes having 10 behind the ball. But things changed in the second half.
Shortly after a handball in the box by Chicago wasn't called, Sean Johnson made the wrong pass out, Dillon Powers stole the ball and got it to Kevin Doyle who was able to get the ball in the net. It was a horrible play by Chicago and the Rapids was able to take advantage.
Soon after Dillon Powers had an excellent opportunity to give the Rapids a cushion but Johnson was able to deflect the ball around the post.
In the 81', the Rapids went to sleep in the defensive end and allowed Chicago's Joey Calistri to put it in the net from close distance. The second match in a row where the Rapids made a last minutes mistake.
The Rapids then made three substitutes, bringing on Dominique Badji, Marco Pappa and Dillon Serna. Shortly afterwards, Pappa was able to get a shot off that deflected in off Jonathan Campbell. But since it was on frame, Pappa gets the credit.
Just a reminder for you on the rating scale as you consider your ratings.
10: World Class or Amazing
9: Very good
7: Above Average
5: Below Average
3: Very bad
1: This is bad, just like Mexico vs Chile.
Now it is your chance, let us know how you think they did. Make sure you submit your rating before 5 p.m. MDT on Monday to be included.
In the ratings article on Tuesday, I will share the summary of the ratings so far. You will be able to see how each player was rated for each match plus their summary for the season.
Make sure to leave your man of the match in the comments.