Another win. Another three points. Finally off the bottom of the conference - this home stretch has been everything we hoped it would be. And the Colorado Rapids have one more home game on Wednesday vs. LA Galaxy before heading on the road to take on Atlanta United, and then they come back home for two games to kick off July.
MLS Analyst recently wrote an article about home-field advantage and the Rapids are certainly proving his point, making Dick’s Sporting Goods Park a fortress again. The Burgundy Boys continue to do so while giving up the majority of possession to the other team.
Last night, the Rapids started out slow, and Portland got a goal in the first half of a defensive breakdown. But in the second half, the Burgundy Boys came out with a renewed fire and Dominique Badji and Alan Gordon both put in great goals. (Read the recap here.)
The Rapids are now 5-8-1 with 16 points, and are in 10th place in the Western Conference. We are one point behind Real Salt Lake with three games in hand, and just four points away from the red line. Things are definitely looking up, and take three points against LA on Wednesday would be HUGE.
Watch the highlights here.
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City, CO
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistants: Frank Anderson, Jonathan Johnson
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
18’ - POR - Sebastián Blanco (Diego Valeri)
51’ - COL - Dominique Badji (Kevin Doyle)
89’ - COL - Alan Gordon (Mohammed Saeid, Caleb Calvert)
61’ - POR - Diego Valeri (unsporting behavior)
89’ - COL - Alan Gordon (Delaying the restart of play)
LINEUPS & STATS
Colorado: Tim Howard; Marlon Hairston, Kortne Ford, Axel Sjöberg, Mike da Fonte; Mohammed Saeid, Micheal Azira, Jared Watts (Dillon Serna 52’), Joshua Gatt (Alan Gordon 80’); Dominique Badji (Caleb Calvert 72’), Kevin Doyle
Substitutes not used: Zac MacMath, Eric Miller, Mekeil Williams, Dillon Powers
Total shots: 13
Shots on goal: 5
Passing Accuracy: 81%
Portland Timbers: Jake Gleeson; Zarek Valentin (Alvas Powell 81’), Lawrence Olum, Roy Miller, Vytas (Jeremy Ebobisse 90’); Dairon Asprilla (Amobi Okugo 82’), Diego Chara, Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco; Fanendo Adi
Subtitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Ben Zemanski, Marco Farfan, Victor Arboleda
Total shots: 14
Shots on goal: 5
Passing Accuracy: 87%
“We’re in a great way in the moment, but it’s not enough and we need to keep pushing.”
“We’ve been digging ourselves out of a big hole here for the last several weeks. This feels good.”
“You gotta go in and know you’re going to win every ball - not think - you gotta know. And that’s what we did tonight.”