Call it the “Quakes Curse”. The Colorado Rapids just cannot seem to get three points against the San Jose Earthquakes, and tonight makes game number 14. Not to mention the last four games between the two sides at DSGP have ended in a tie.
As far as recapping this game, I’m kind of running out of things to say about these 0-0 ties. But here goes nothing.
Again, we saw a stalled offense, with just two shots on goal. But the Rapids had opportunities. Dominique Badji had not one but TWO great looks. The first one, I’ll give him a pass. It was about 30 minutes into the first half, and Sebastian Le Toux gave a peach of a pass to Badji. He made a great move, but David Bingham got a hand on it. Badji crossed it in the box BUT NO ONE WAS THERE. Perhaps this would have been a good time for Sebastian Le Toux (who was jogging up behind) or Dillon Powers (who was doing god knows what back there) to break to the right just in case Badji needed some help (he did). The second shot was in the second half, and he kicked it right into Bingham. What I do like is Badji’s speed up top, but he tends to flick the ball forward, maybe forgetting that he is the top guy and there’s no one to flick it to.
The whole first half, the Rapids had a handful of dangerous possessions deep in the ‘Quakes back third, but no one was able to finish or get a solid shot off. It appeared that the ref was going to let the teams play, despite several frustrating non-calls, until a slurry of yellow cards for the Rapids —Sam Cronin at 35’, Dillon Powers at 38’, and Axel Sjoberg at 38’. Sjoberg will miss the next game due to yellow card accumulation.
The second half was “dominated” by San Jose, which is a strong word considering that the Rapids actually had the overall possession (52.3%), and neither team scored in the entire 90+ minutes. Shkëlzen Gashi subbed in for Le Toux at the 63rd minute, and rocketed two shots into the stands. Apparently he spent too much time kicking field goals with the Broncos earlier this week.
This game should have ended 2-1, but Tim Howard had an amazing kick save. We all held our breath as the ball slowly dribbled back towards the goal line, but Howard (of course) jumped on it, saving the... tie. Then in the 84th minute, Jared Watts comes up with a big goal line stop, saving the... tie.
Considering all that, here’s the good news. Real Salt Lake lost at home tonight (to Houston Dynamo of all teams), so they are no longer unbeaten at home. That leaves the Rapids and the LA Galaxy as the only two teams that are unbeaten at home. FC Dallas tied this week.
Some might call it a missed opportunity to gain some ground in the standings, some might call it a lucky break, but any way you look at it, the Rapids are currently sitting in second in the Supporters’ Shield standings. Five points behind FC Dallas with two games in hand.
What do you think about the tie tonight? Was it a missed opportunity, or a lucky break that FC Dallas tied and RSL lost?