Those who left Dick's Sporting Goods Park Saturday night were either shaking their heads in silence, or actually booing the Colorado Rapids 0-0 result against the San Jose Earthquakes. Even so, the Rapids still have a wide open door given the results of other important games. Such as...
- Coming into the game, FC Frisco (FC Dallas, for those keeping score) lost a lead late to draw with New York City FC 2-2. The Rapids win, they gain two points. Well, at least they did not lose any ground, yes, but the season is drawing to a close soon.
- Real Salt Lake lost to Houston Dynamo 1-0. The Rapids now gain a point--always a good thing when the Rapids get a result and RSL doesn't.
- Sporting Kansas City and LA Galaxy drew. Again, no ground gained or lost.
- Toronto FC and New Jersey Red Bulls (New York Red Bulls) drew. Again, no ground gained or lost.
That's Great, But...
As covered in the September 12 edition of the Monday Wave, the games fell in the Rapids' favor last week around their win against FC Dallas. Terrific! The games on Saturday gave the Rapids another open door and... they didn't lose. And they continued their unbeaten streak at home.
But here's my question--a question you in Burgundy Nation have posed frequently:
From where will the goals come?
Shkelzen Gashi came in with great energy, but unleashed a couple of bombs that missed the goal by not feet, not yards, but miles. On his second cannon shot, he had Eric Miller on the far post had he chosen a well-placed cross. Dominique Badji, at this point a better option that Kevin Doyle, had at least two opportunities to put one in the back of the net. In fact, the one where he escaped a yeoman's effort by Quakes keeper David Bingham, and sent one across the face of goal, had another Rapid player been trailing and filled that lane on the far post, the Rapids fans would have gone home quite happy.
In two-thirds of the pitch, the Rapids rock! When they get into the scoring third of the pitch, it seems they just lock up. And they don't miss by much. Many times, by inches.
The chemistry on the offensive end is missing. For me, chemistry is everyone having an understanding of what their teammates are thinking. The Rapids made numerous passes and moves that seemed to surprise their teammates, resulting in a turnover or a loss of momentum. With soccer truly being a game of inches, those plays accumulate to kill any progress made.
Next up? The Rapids travel to Vancouver Whitecaps next Saturday (5:00 pm), then are back home the following Saturday to play the Portland Timbers (7:00 pm), then off to Houston on October 8 (6:30 pm). I do not know what to expect. But these teams are no pushovers.
Again, from where will the goals come? You tell me!