No one would have guessed that the Rapids’ last game of the season against Los Angeles Football Club would’ve mattered. Unfortunately, Colorado wasn’t able to get the win today and their fate relied on other scenarios that didn’t pan out in their favor.
Carlos Vela, the best forward in MLS, earned a brace in the first half to top Josef Martinez’s single-season goal record. Kei Kamara scored in the 40th minute, but Vela came back in the second half to complete the hat trick for a 3-1 LA win. FC Dallas destroyed Sporting Kansas City 6-0, and even though the Portland Timbers beat San Jose Earthquakes 3-1, it wasn’t enough and the Rapids’ playoff hopes were squashed this afternoon.
Of course I’m disappointed, but realistically, the chances were slim that the Rapids were going to actually get into the playoffs so I can’t say it was completely unexpected. But that doesn’t mean the season has to end on a sour note.
Between the train wreck that was last season and then starting this one 0-11-2, many fans were ready to throw in the towel. As Sam Nicholson said in a recent interview, “it’s difficult because when you’re getting beat it doesn’t matter how strong you are, how positive a person you are, mentally it does take its toll eventually. It was very, very bad for us at that time.”
But they never quit. I’m proud of the guys who stuck around. The guys who believed in each other.
Whether you think the firing of Anthony Hudson was right on time or a little too late, the Front Office finally did what they needed to do, and they made the right choice by promoting Conor Casey to interim head coach.
After losing the first two games under Casey, things started turning around and we started seeing a confidence in players. We started seeing wins. After a few games, we started to wonder if maybe—just maybe—the playoffs could still happen.
Again, whether you think it should’ve been Casey as permanent head coach or not, the truth is that Robin Fraser was a good hire. He has a vision and he’s implementing the right things on the field. He said he’s learned a lot since he was the head coach of the now-defunct Chivas USA, and it shows.
We are proud of our Burgundy Boys and there’s so much hope for the future. With an experienced head coach. several young players returning, and three open DP slots, this off-season is going to be huge. It’s going to be make-or-break for Padraig Smith, but it will be exciting to see what happens, that’s for sure.