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Colorado Rapids MatchDay: A Missed Opportunity on Independence Day

The Rapids have now gone over 180 minutes since they last scored an MLS goal

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers fought to a 0-0 draw last night in front of a capacity crowd at a warm Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  The Rapids were largely dominant on the evening as they led the Timbers in every major statistical category, with the exception being the important one: final score.

This really was an ugly match though.  Yes, the Rapids did have more shots on goal than the Timbers, but they only had four.  Yes, the Rapids did have a ton of possession (63.1%), but they were not particularly dangerous on the evening.  And now the Rapids have gone 180 minutes without scoring a goal.  This is a problem.  It doesn't matter how good your defense is, you will have to look to score goals.  And it appeared that the coaching staff did not know what to do and how to generate offense.  This is a long season, and the Burgundy Boys are only halfway through it, but they will need to be better if they are going to content for a championship.

But don't listen to me on this.  Colorado Rapids Gaffer Pablo Mastroeni is spot on in his assessment:

On the match...
I thought a lot of times we were too lethargic in the attack. I thought we played right into their hands playing underneath. We spoke about really stretching them. Our best chances came with balls over the back and creating some really good opportunities that way. But we just continued to want to play in front of their back four which was not bringing us any success. From that we were losing the ball in very bad spots. Credit to [Jared] Watts, Axel [Sjoberg] and Tim [Howard] tonight for coming up trumps on quite a few occasions. Without their performances tonight, it wouldn't have been a result.

On Tim Howard's performance...
I thought it was a very good game. He did everything he needed to do. He commanded his box. I think he had to do too much tonight to be honest with you. That's the disappointing part of it. I think he showed his character and his quality. He showed his experience and moving forward hopefully we don't make him work so hard.

On Jermaine Jones' performance...
I think he put forth a very good effort. The synchronicity between the attacking group wasn't there today, and I think a lot of that has to do with guys who haven't really played together for the past six weeks. I think he drove the team on late in the game. But tonight we weren't good enough.

On Tim Howard's character...
There's been a crazy amount of distractions within our group, and human beings are human beings. Credit to the guys for overcoming a lot of outside off-field stuff to put forth the effort tonight. Now that he's here, we understand what we're trying to achieve. He's had a very good game and now we can build and really look forward to concentrating in a really tight-knit group, ultra-focused on nothing more outside of football to really put together a group to go to Vancouver and get all three.