Midweek away matches are always a challenge, and this proved true as the Colorado Rapids traveled north to Minnesota hoping to come away with three points and leapfrog Sporting Kansas City in the standings!
- As noted from most every Rapids outlet, this was the first match since Conor Casey took over as interim manager where the Rapids failed to score. The Loons double-teamed Rapids forward Kei Kamara to such an extent that by the last twenty minutes of the match, he was clearly frustrated.
- The absence of Rapids midfielder Jack Price due to yellow card accumulation was massive. Much of the success of the Rapids this season have come on set pieces (corner kicks, free kicks, etc.), largely in part to the magical foot of the Bearded Wonder. We will all be glad to have Price back for the match against Houston.
- That Clint Irwin is pretty good! Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin made three or four unbelievable saves that kept the squad within striking distance (and had eight total for the night). I know some were looking forward to seeing USMNT legend Tim Howard between the sticks last night, but Rapids supporters felt every bit as comfortable with Irwin in goal. The one goal they gave up was due to the backline for the Rapids being waaaay too high in hopes of catching eventual Minnesota goal scorer Darwin Quintero offside, but to no avail. Irwin did all he could, but he was on an island against a very talented forward.
- Take heart, Rapids supporters. Minnesota United is no joke. They have only lost once at home and (hold on to your hats) are in second place in the West, jumping over the LA Galaxy after their win last night. If things stay to form, they will host a match in their first game in the playoffs. How about that?
- The Rapids’ chances of the playoffs are gone, but they are building something special for 2020. Coaching options are becoming available and more money is being freed up with some of the transactions they have made over the course of the season. Decisions about whether to spend on defender Lalas Abubakar are certainly on every Rapids’ fan’s radar. If they play their cards right and construct a balanced roster, the Rapids could be very competitive next season.
What were your takeaways from the match?