Welp, tonight looked like more of the same old. It’s not that we didn’t see the effort from the Colorado Rapids, but I think we all expected more in a home match against a last place DC United squad.
Both sides had chances in the first half. Though the Rapids only had one shot on target (DC had four), both Nana Boateng and Shkelzen Gashi were taking opportunities to shoot when they were open. Nana’s shot in the 36th minute in particular made DCU goalkeeper Bill Hamid work for the save.
Unfortunately, DC United went up 1-0 in the 27th minute due to an own goal. Jared Watts passed the ball back with a little too much on it and the ball skitted past Tim Howard and into the back of the net.
Towards the end of the first half, DCU bunkered down to protect the 1-0 lead and just get to halftime.
Neither team made any changes going into the second half, but DCU seemed to be tired already, which the Rapids tried to take advantage of. Dominique Badji sent in a nice ball that Kevin Doyle did get a head on, but it went off the crossbar. It was miscleared, but Micheal Azira got a solid shot on goal that Hamid saved. The Rapids kept up the pressure and we saw more of the Gashi from last year - the guy who would shoot his #GashiBombs from just about anywhere. Maybe this means he’s finally 100% healthy?
Bill Hamid was basically standing on his head to keep DCU in the game. Badji got in a dangerous shot in the 61st minute but Hamid got to it again. Right after, DC came charging down the field with a four-on-two, but couldn’t do anything with it.
Luis Gil made his Rapids debut today, coming in for Boateng in the 64th minute. Just a couple minutes later, Josh Gatt came in for Gashi and Alan Gordon came in for Mohammed Saeid, which means the Rapids used all three subs before the 70th minute and had three sets of fresh legs on the field to finish out the last 20 minutes.
Another great chance for Badji came in the 80th minute, but he hit the ball right into a defender instead of towards the goal. The Rapids actually created quite a few chances tonight and just couldn’t get one in. (With a lot of credit to Hamid.)
Doyle had a great cross in with just two minutes to go and Badji slid to get to the ball but hit the post. Gatt got the rebound but shot it over the goal. The Rapids had ANOTHER chance about 30 seconds later but Hamid smothered it before anyone could get to it.
Gordo actually put one past Hamid in stoppage time, but he was (very) offside, so it was an easy call for the referee to bring it back.
After about five minutes of stoppage time, the whistle blew and that was it.