This off-season is as critical as the Rapids have had in recent memory. A deep and improbable run into the 2016 playoffs gave the notion that they were set and ready to continue more of the same (and further) in 2017, yet the off-season clearly showed a lack of urgency on the part of the Rapids’ front office.
I’m actually more hopeful exiting this season because, frankly, everyone in the soccer world sees that the Rapids need a major overhaul. That’s why a game like the one last night against Real Salt Lake, a game our boys won 1-0, was a game they had no business winning.
Listen, you won’t hear me complaining anytime RSL loses, especially to the Rapids. Seeing the visiting supporters taking their ‘poo’ emoji home in defeat thrilled me no end (again, if someone capture a good shot of that, post it on Twitter). It was a perfect scenario for Fan Appreciation Night.
Yes, the only numbers that really matter are on the scoreboard. But the alarming number of shots RSL got off last night (30) over and against the Rapids’ amount of shots (2) is enough to make one’s head spin. I mean, the great majority of the game was spent in the RSL offensive half. Howard’s seven saves, the defense’s heroics, and some very fortunate bounces allowed the home fans to go home both relieved to have a victory, and scratching their heads as to what the offseason holds.
But unless the vision outlined by Padraig Smith and the front office begins to gain some traction the moment the final whistle blows at the end of the Seattle-Colorado match Sunday (2:00 MT on Altitude), we will see something that will set an unsustainable trajectory: more of the same of 2017.
But if we find ways to score, maintain a stout defense, find some help on the wings, and take advantage of the altitude DSGP provides, we will be in business.
30-2! *shakes head and mumbles to himself*