Giles Barnes made his debut for the Colorado Rapids tonight after being signed just yesterday and was a bright spot in an otherwise fairly boring match. Barnes ended up subbing out early in the second half due to an ankle injury in the first half, but had a few great passes and showed a real spark when he was on the pitch.
Former Rapids Jared Watts and Luis Gil both started for Houston, and Gil had Houston’s best chance in the first half, forcing Tim Howard and Kortne Ford to come up with a couple saves.
The Rapids had one shot in the first half, but didn’t look particularly dangerous.
In the 52nd minute, Anthony Hudson subbed in Jack McBean for Barnes, despite having Shkelzen Gashi and Yannick Boli as options on the bench. Gashi did end up coming in for Blomberg in the 69th minute, and Boli subbed in for Dominique Badji in the 87th minute.
Sam Nicholson blasted in a shot in the 62nd minute, but Houston keeper Joe Willis managed to punch it out of bounds.
Towards the end of the second half, Ford seemed to have some sort of injury bothering him, but he finished out the game.
At the end of 90+ minutes, the Rapids finished with 3 shots on target, 54.7% possession, and a point as they prepare to take on Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah, next weekend.
At the post-game press conference, Anthony Hudson said: “As crazy as it sounds, a couple of wins and you’re not far off the playoff line... but we are just looking one performance at a time and we just want to keep improving what we’re doing and let’s just see what happens.”