The Colorado Rapids (6W-12L-5T) gave supporters one of the most entertaining matches of recent memory on Saturday night, beating the Montreal Impact (10-12-3) 6-3 in what many have dubbed the Plague Clasico—with a possible mascot:
Here are a few takeaways from the game:
- Yes, Rapids striker Kei Kamara had a hat trick, but midfielder Jack Price was the MVP of Saturday’s match. The stat line shows Price with three assists, but his placement on a free kick cross also led to a goal. He is the Set Piece Ninja, putting the ball on a dime and giving the Rapids solid opportunities to score. The Rapids only had four corners, in comparison to nine from Montreal, and took advantage of them.
- Via MLSSoccer.com’s recap: “It’s fair to say the Rapids offense has arrived. They have now scored a goal in 14 straight games – tying their club record (2007), and the six tonight are the most in team history. And, they’re up to 39 goals on the season, the most they’ve scored in a season since also scoring 39 in 2016. Kamara’s 11 are also the most for Colorado since 2010, when Omar Cummings scored 14 and Conor Casey added 13.”
- The size of the Rapids over and against the lack of size on the Montreal back line aided the Burgundy Boys. Kamara’s final goal was the last act that fully exposed the lack of size with Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush. That was a master game plan by Conor Casey to using Kamara’s aerial ability.
- Kamara has 123 goals in his career and on Saturday night, became the first MLS player to score 10 goals for five different teams: Kansas City Wizards/Sporting Kansas City (10 in 2010, 11 in 2012), Columbus Crew (22 in 2015), New England Revolution (12 in 2017), Vancouver Whitecaps (14 in 2018), and now Colorado Rapids (11 and counting in 2019). An impressive career—and I can say, I’m glad he’s in burgundy.
Let’s enjoy this one. The San Jose Earthquakes (11W-7L-5T) come to town this weekend.