The Colorado Rapids started the day with something that many fans had been calling for: a change in formation, lining up in a 4-4-2 with Alan Gordon and Dominique Badji sharing striker duties up top. We also saw a change in the backline, as Marlon Hairston took over right fullback duties while Eric Miller pushed to the left side (Mekeil Williams was out on a red card from last game).
The Rapids looked more organized overall, and in the 11th minute, there was some great ball movement between Mohammed Saeid and Marlon Hairston. Hairston took a shot that was parried by David Bingham right to Gordon. It should have been an easy put in for Gordo, but he tapped it wide of the goal.
After that miss, the Rapids seemed to lose a little momentum. They maintained possession, but missed some passes and a couple opportunities here and there. They settled in again for the next few minutes and tried to get something going. The Rapids started putting high pressure on the Quakes.
AND THEN THE DAM BROKE.
In the 29th minute, Mo Saeid brought the ball up and crossed it into the box to Shkelzen Gashi who came flying in and put it away. The Rapids went up 1-0.
Just a few minutes later, Gordo passed the ball to Badji, who took off down the middle of the field. He dribbled through the defenders and got it pass Bingham to put the Rapids up 2-0. This goal was huge for a couple reason: Badji has blown that opportunity several times in the past, and he also could have passed it to the trailing Gordon instead of taking the shot himself. This was exactly what the Rapids have been looking for.
The Rapids went into halftime up 2-0 with 4 shots on target and 3 shots on goal.
It didn’t take long into the second half for the Rapids to go up 3 TO NOTHING. Badji brought the ball in but either fell or got taken down and managed to still get a pass to the incoming Gashi who got himself a brace.
San Jose’s best chance came around the 60th minute, when an attacker broke through (Jahmir Hyka maybe?) the defense and had a clear view of goal. Tim Howard did what Tim Howard does - came out and blocked the shot.
In the 63rd minute, Kevin Doyle came in for Gordon, and then in the 76th minute, Caleb Calvert came in for Badji. Two like-for-like subs meant the Rapids weren’t ready to bunker down yet. In the 82nd minute, Dillon Serna came on for Saeid.
The Rapids packed it in for the remainder of the game, which gave San Jose a little more control in our half and a couple more looks.
But in the end, the Rapids got 3 points and the big W!!!