The Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers took the the field for the first time as opponents in 2016 tonight at a sold out Dick's Sporting Goods Park and battled to an ugly 0-0 draw. For the Rapids it represented a second consecutive match that they did not score, and if we are being honest here--this is a match that Portland should have won. They struck the post twice and were far and away the more dangerous team.
The Timbers had the better of the chances throughout the match and the Rapids seemed disinterested for large portions of this game. The two best chances came late in both halves as the Timbers struck the post late in the first and late in the second half. It was a poor effort by the Rapids and one that dropped them out of the Supporters Shield lead.
The Rapids are back in action on Saturday at Vancouver Whitecaps at 8:00 PM MDT.
15th Min: BOOKING--Eric Miller (Colorado Rapids) is shown the Yellow Card (Tactical Foul)
50th Min: BOOKING--Diego Chara (Portland Timbers) is shown the Yellow Card (Tactical Foul)
The Rapids Starting XI:
Tim Howard, Mekeil Williams, Axel Sjoberg, Jared Watts, Eric Miller, Sam Cronin (Dillon Powers, 82nd), Micheal Azira, Shkelzen Gashi (Marco Pappa, 67th), Jermaine Jones, Marlon Hairston (Dominique Badji, 69th), Kevin Doyle
BENCH: Zac MacMath, Marc Burch, Dillon Powers, Marco Pappa, Dominique Badji, Luis Solignac, Dennis Castillo
The Timbers Starting XI:
Jake Gleeson, Jermaine Taylor, Nat Borchers, Zarek Valentin, Alvas Powell, Ben Zemanski, Diego Chara, Darren Mattocks (Ned Grabavoy 86th), Darlington Nagbe, Lucas Melano (Jack Barmby, 78th), Fanendo Adi
BENCH: Wade Hamilton, Ned Grabavoy, Jack Jewsbury, Amobi Okugo, Taylor Peay, Jack Barmby, Jack McInerney