Here at Breaking Burgundy, we will take a look at this week’s game (or games) and how our Colorado Rapids performed. We’ll also identify a key player for Breaking Burgundy Player of the Week honors, as well as some random observations from yours truly.
Let’s get to it!
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Stefan Aigner is back!
For the first time this season we saw Stefan Aigner on the gameday roster! He was subbed on in the 79th minute against the Philadelphia Union for Joe Mason. He looked a bit rusty in his limited minutes and only had two touches (and a player rating from whoscored.com of 6.08). That being said, it was fantastic to see Aigner back on the pitch for the Rapids. His quality cannot be ignored and once he is able to give the team a full 90 minutes I expect that our attack will truly begin to gel.
The question becomes who is the odd man out in the midfield? One would assume that Dominique Badji and Yannick Boli are the starters up top and Jack Price seems like a lock at the 6. So who out of Johan Blomberg or Enzo Martinez (both who have looked extremely solid so far this season, and posting a 7.38 and 7.29 for this match respectively) sits?
Better to have too much depth than not enough I suppose!
Getting the first win!
RAPIDS WIN 3-0! EVERYBODY DANCE! Seriously, The ‘Pids get their first win of the season admittedly over a team that looks uhh, shall we say inexperienced along the backline, but three points are three points so we’ll take em!
Keeping the clean sheet
With three starters along the backline either missing or having to leave due to injury—Kortne Ford, Marlon Hairston (who was a 6.57 on the night), and Danny Wilson (6.67)—you could expect the defense to look shaky. However, both Dillon Serna and Axel Sjoberg looked like they could fill roles for a resilient Rapids side that did not concede despite both C.J. Sapong and David Accam having moments where they looked extremely dangerous. One of my fears for this Rapids defense was how they would deal with a speedy winger like Accam and, despite a few shaky moments, they were able to contain him. Kudos on the clean sheet and continuing the defensive work despite the adversity.
Marlon Hairston stretchered off
Yikes. After Hairston went down, Twitter blew up with concerns that it was an ACL injury. Luckily it seems (based on Hairston being at the team facility and seen driving/walking on Instagram) that it might not be as serious as originally feared. Here’s hoping that Marlon gets well soon and back on the pitch, as he has looked tailor-made to the 5-3-2 that Coach Hudson has installed this season.
Danny Wilson with a knock
Danny Wilson also had to come off this match. Yes, the Rapids have a solid amount of depth on the roster this season, but having multiple starters come off and potentially miss time doesn’t help the cause. Here is hoping that the team can get healthy and keep gelling.
You win 3-0, play on the front foot, and keep the pressure on all game? Nothing ugly to see here.
Player of the Week
Dominique Badji had himself a game.
"He’s listening, he’s learning, he’s powerful, he’s quick, and now, he’s full of confidence."@dbadji14 is making a big impression so far in 2018 with the @ColoradoRapids: https://t.co/JvSBR7ajfm pic.twitter.com/7HGXamjJC7— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 5, 2018
Badji nabbed his first career hat trick and earned a perfect 10 for a player rating. Despite some calling his goals opportunistic or lucky, a hat trick is a hat trick! Badji put himself in dangerous positions in the box and was there for the tap-ins and lucky goals. At some point, you stop calling these types of players lucky and start calling them goal poachers and Badji was perfect at this role tonight. Hopefully, he will be able to maintain this good form throughout the season. We know the talent is there, so will we finally see the consistency?
This week in MLS
Burner in Orlando
Man, if it weren’t for El Trafico, most of MLS would be talking about Badji and the amazing back and forth game from Orlando and New York Red Bulls. Orlando finally got into the win column this season and it’s no coincidence when they have guys like Dom Dwyer, Sacha Kljestan, and Justin Meram on the field together. They really strung together some magic this team will be exciting to watch this year.
Now we know why Zlatan said you’re welcome. This game was fantastic. Now excuse me I’m gonna go watch it again!