The Colorado Rapids just dropped their 5th loss in a row and second loss at home. We haven’t won a game since our very first on March 4th. The team isn’t in a good place. The fans aren’t in a good place. Things are not good right now.
Pablo still seems to be trying to figure out what might work on the offense, as he went with a slightly different starting XI tonight with Alan Gordon up top, then Mohammed Saeid, Kevin Doyle, and Shkelzen Gashi (finally back in the starting line-up!) behind him. I thought sure, why not? Let’s try something different.
And then the first half felt like this:
There were some moments. There were some great passes and great connections. Even though Mo’s shot in the 15th minute soared over the goal, it gave us some hope.
But for me, the best part about the first half was standing for the Fords in the 24th minute.
There was a key moment towards the end of the first half when Mekeil Williams had so much time (like a long time) at the 50-yard line. He had all day to look around, decide where to put the ball in, and... he passed back to Tim Howard. Williams also earned a yellow card for a tackle near the sideline in the first half.
In the final seconds of the half, Mo sent a great pass into the box and Kevin Doyle headed it over the goal. As disjointed as everything seemed, neither team did anything particularly special. The Rapids had a few chances, while the Whitecaps’ best chance was a deflection off of Bobby Burling, and we went into halftime 0-0.
The Rapids came out in the second half looking like they wanted to win. They brought the pressure and Gashi was taking a shot any time he got a look (which is what we need right now). Mo kept shooting and the Rapids looked dangerous at times. Their best chance in came in the 55th minute: Williams sent in a cross that went off Alan Gordon and then when the defender tried to clear it, the ball bounced off the post and David Ousted was able to knock it out of the goal before it completely crossed the line.
It seems like every week the Rapids hold off teams longer and longer until a mistake is made that the other team capitalizes on. This week, it was a breakdown in the 84th minute. The Rapids missed a cross and Vancouver cleared it. Jared Watts stepped up for the tackle, but unfortunately pushed the ball right to a Whitecaps player. Eric Miller was up in the attacking play, and Burling didn’t seem to notice Brek Shea creeping in behind him. The backside was completely exposed and Vancouver did notice. A pass to Shea got him a break, and despite Burling’s best effort to get back and put it right through Howard’s legs to put the Whitecaps up 1-0 with about seven minutes left.
It was like all the wind was sucked out of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. But I will say, the guys did not give up. Dillon Powers blasted a shot that went wide, Gashi kept trying - no one gave up. Williams earned another yellow, which meant a red card ejection and a suspension for the next game.
Stats-wise, we doubled our shots for the year by putting up 15 today. But I won’t pretend to analyze anything - that’s Rapids Rabbi’s job on Tuesdays.
At least no one was injured...right?
You can find the highlights, stats, and post-game quotes here.