The theme for this Rapid Fire is simple: once again.
- Once again, the Colorado Rapids fail to take home the Rocky Mountain Cup for the fourth consecutive year.
- Once again, the Rapids were severely out-possessed (66.8-33.2%). Here’s hoping our new coach addresses this glaring weakness in the Rapids’ game.
- Once again, Colorado finished with fewer than 11 players. Kei Kamara being sent off in the 89th minute jumpstarted Real Salt Lake’s momentum to secure the win and Cup. This perpetual lack of discipline that has reared its ugly head all season bit the Rapids once again.
- Once again, the Rapids lose not one but two key players to yellow card accumulation: Kellyn Acosta and Lalas Abubakar, making them both unavailable for Saturday’s match at the New York Red Bulls.
- Once again, the Rapids fell victim to RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who at the grand old age of 40 still is bringing the proverbial lumber. Yes, the Rapids most certainly had plenty of shots (20) with six on target. But as we know, the only stat that matters is how many hit the back of the net.
- Once again, the Rapids bring in a new coach, Robin Fraser. And once again, Rapids supporters are hesitant in their optimism. He has had a tremendous amount of success in MLS (Chivas USA notwithstanding), something we desperately need. Time will certainly tell.
- Once again, another city (St. Louis) will enter MLS as the 28th team, beginning play in 2021. The energy and momentum each of these new teams have entering into the league must put the Colorado Rapids on notice. Marketing, stadium experience, wins, connection to the community—all of these and more need to be a priority in order for the Rapids not to be left behind moving forward.
What did you take away from the game on Saturday and the Fraser announcement?