The Colorado Rapids extend their unbeaten streak to three and get their first road win of the season by beating the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 tonight at BC Place. It was also the Burgundy Boys’ first road win since September 9, 2017.
The Whitecaps dominated the first half in a lot of ways (possession, shots, etc.), but weren’t able to capitalize on any of the Rapids’ mistakes. Tim Howard worked much harder than Whitecaps keeper Brian Rowe and had a few key saves. Jack Price earned a yellow card in the first half, which means that he will miss Wednesday’s game due to a yellow card accumulation suspension.
The Burgundy Boys had a decent run up the left side of the pitch in the last minutes of the half. Edgar Castillo fed the ball through to Sam Nicholson who crossed it into the box. Yannick Boli volleyed it but hit the crossbar and Joe Mason followed it in. He also got a shot off and Rowe got the diving save, but gave up a rebound that bounced off Whitecaps defender Marcel de Jong and into the back of the net.
Shortly into the second half, Anthony Hudson took out Nana Boateng and subbed in Kortne Ford, who hasn’t played in a game yet this season due to an injury right before the Rapids’ first game. With Ford in, Deklan Wynne was pushed out to the side and the Rapids had five centerbacks on the field to protect the lead.
Tim Howard continued to come up big and finished the night with 10 saves and the Rapids packed it in, often having all 10 men back on defense.
At the end of 90+ minutes, the Rapids got all three points by beating Vancouver 1-0!
In the last two games, we’ve seen this team come back to tie (twice) and eventually win, and then get the first goal and hang on to get a win on the road. Have they turned a corner? Have they managed to figure out their focus issues, or is it still too early to tell?