The Colorado Rapids went deep into the heart of Texas and came out with three points. The Rapids beat FC Dallas 1-0 on the Dominique Badji goal in the 52nd minute.
The Rapids came in to this match with a defensive attitude and that showed. FC Dallas had most of the possession but did not have many good opportunities. Tim Howard was big for the Rapids, making seven saves.
On the Badji goal, he took the throw-in from Sebastian Le Toux turned and had a lot of space to the middle of the pitch. At the top of the box, he got his shot off and FC Dallas goal keeper Chris Seitz had no chance as the ball was buried in the corner.
The Rapids then held on to the oncoming FC Dallas as they brought their stars on who started on the bench with the upcoming US Open Cup match. But they were unable to break down the Rapids.
Concern for the Rapids as Kevin Doyle was a late substitute for Le Toux who then had to be subbed off with an ankle injury in the 90' +2.
Here is how I saw the match.
Tim Howard - 9 (8.97): Howard made seven saves in this match. None were bigger than the save on former Rapids player Attiba Harris. Howard was able to get his right leg down to deny Harris.
Marc Burch - 7 (7.30): A solid match for Burch who was able to get up the line and get involved in the offense. He also did not get caught out too much. Took a yellow in the 51'.
Axel Sjoberg - 7 (7.18): Took a stupid yellow card. He could have at least pretended more to be playing the ball. He is suspended after the next yellow card. Played well against the attacking FC Dallas, especially Maximiliano Urruti.
Jared Watts - 6 (6.64): Watts was solid in this match. Nothing extraordinary and no major errors, which is an accomplishment for Watts. Was crutial in blocking a Urruti cross in the first half.
Eric Miller - 7 (6.70): Miller made a good move and should have been awarded a penalty kick in the first half. His legs and were caught by the defender. In the field of play or the box, this is a foul. Played a solid match.
Sam Cronin - 7 (7.00): Work rate was solid for Cronin. He recognized the referee was allowing the physical play and brought it. This is one of the reasons why you have Cronin.
Micheal Azira - 6 (7.09): The work that Azira put in was really good and needed in this match. He had a professional foul in the second half to slow a FC Dallas break.
Marlon Hairston - 5 (6.82): Good speed and work but needed to do more in the attacking half. But this is may be due to the defensive nature of the Rapids in this match. He received a yellow card, but I don't think it was him with the foul. In my opinion it was not yellow worthy.
Dillon Powers - 8 (6.70): Powers was the most active and best field player for me. He did a good job of holding and distributing the ball. He also played the physical game well, walking the tightrope of being physical and being too physical. His jabbering with the referee almost got him in trouble though.
Sebastian Le Toux - 6 (5.82): Le Toux get the assist on the throw-in. I did not think he did much during the match, but after looking at the statistics he had a decent match. The distribution was pretty decent.
Dominique Badji - 7 (7.76): All-in-all it was not that great of a match. He was not that involved in the match. But he got that one opportunity. He was able to turn and run at the backline and get a great shot off.
Kevin Doyle - N/A (5.48): A sub in the 80'.
Caleb Calvert - N/A (5.64): A sub in the 86'.
Mekeil Williams - N/A (5.58): A sub in the 90' +2
That is how I saw the match. What do you think?