The Rapids started the game looking disjointed. The Sounders easily pressured them and Colorado wasn’t really getting anywhere. In the 16th minute, Anthony Hudson decided to sub in Niki Jackson for Nana Boateng. There didn’t appear to be anything wrong with Boateng, and it makes you wonder if maybe a sub was wasted because Hudson didn’t choose the best starting XI in the first place?
After the game, Hudson said the sub was for “a few reasons really. We’re coming into the game understrength in terms of strikers. Their centerbacks were being quite physical and strong against Enzo (Martinez) and we weren’t keeping the ball. We wanted to get more of a threat in behind with Niki Jackson. That was the reason for that change. Again, it’s an area of the pitch where we’re not so much of a threat really, which is a challenge for us.”
Seattle continued to bring pressure and in the 22nd minute, Nicolás Lodeiro crossed the ball in the box near the penalty spot, where Raúl Ruidíaz was waiting, completely unmarked. Of course, he scored, putting Seattle up 1-0.
Colorado wasn’t even in the game this half: 0 shots on target, 35% possession, and three yellow cards (Kortne Ford, Tommy Smith, and Jack Price).
Hudson made his second sub to start the half, bringing in Marlon Hairston for Ford. My guess is that it was because Ford got a yellow card, but Kort was (per usual) one of the more active and effective players on the pitch today.
The Rapids’ best chance was in the 50th minute when Kellyn Acosta served in a great ball and Tommy Smith got his head on it. Unfortunately, the shot went directly at Stefan Frei. Seattle came down the field and Lodeiro drew a foul against Acosta in the box. After a quick video review, the PK was awarded. Howard got a hand on it, but it went in anyway, putting the Sounders up 2-0 with just under 40 minutes to go.
The final sub was Johan Blomberg for Enzo Martine in the 70th minute but it didn’t matter. None of the subs mattered - it didn’t make any noticeable difference.
Ruidíaz gets another goal assisted by Lodeiro in the 73rd minute. Víctor Rodríguez added another in the 80th.
At the end of 90 minutes, the Rapids were shut out 4-0.
At the end of the game, Anthony Hudson said that “in the end, overall, we got beat by them. They’re a better team. It’s a bad day. I think myself, the players, we’re all very disappointed. Today really highlights the gap in terms of where we’re at as a team. A team like Seattle... we were completely out-classed in most departments. A disappointing day.”