FC Dallas surprised many by having five homegrowns in the Starting XI and seven homegrowns in the eighteen. The average age of their midfield was 19.5 years old.
The Rapids were without forward Diego Rubio (off on international assignment to Chile) and Benny Feilhaber (out with influenza—as so many of us were, it seems). In their place? Andre Shinyashiki was paired up top with forward Kei Kamara, and midfielder Cole Bassett played midfield, moving Jack Price back to the six.
The Rapids have been prone to slow starts, and today was no exception. For the first 20 minutes, FC Dallas owned possession.
Early in the match (3rd minute), former Rapids forward Dominique Badji hit a ball off the woodwork from a cheeky corner set play that almost put FC Dallas up early.
Again, in the 5th minute, FC Dallas was knocking on the door by the ever-present defender Keegan Rosenberry hustled to head the shot from FC Dallas’ Paxton Pomykal off the line. This was representative of how the Rapids were on their heels defending the first quarter of the game.
In the 21st minute, the Rapids had their first serious opportunity with Nicolas Mezquida, having Kamara on the left and Shinyashiki on the right, dishing the ball to Shinyashiki who hit it right at the goalkeeper, much to the frustration of Kamara.
The Rapids were much better over the next fifteen minutes, but it was FC Dallas who struck first, thanks to a pinpoint shot by Michael Barrios in the 35th. This will bring up more conversation as to whether Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard should have made the play. Even so, Barrios threaded the needle.
The Second Half
The Rapids played much better in the second half, but almost found themselves behind 2-0 early, but Badji missed at point blank range for the second week in a row.
In the 69th minute, the Rapids equalize with a Tommy Smith rebound off his thigh. Jack Price provided perfect placement off the free kick, to which Kei Kamara headed it toward goal with such power that it simply ricocheted off Smith for the goal. They had to go to video review, which overturned the call which originally denied the goal. But the Rapids equalize at 1-1.
Sadly, in the 82nd minute, FC Dallas’ left back Ryan Hollingshead put home team up for good with rebound off Rapids keeper Howard.
The Rapids are now 0-2-2 for the season, while FC Dallas takes three points and are now 2-1-1.
Next match: Home against the Houston Dynamo, 7:00 pm, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park