What a special night on Sunday! The Colorado Rapids kept their ever-so-slim hopes alive by defeating FC Dallas 3-0. While my son and I watched the match, we also kept our eye on the San Jose Earthquakes—Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City—Portland Timbers match. A lot has to go right for the Rapids to capture that final playoff spot, but they did their part on Sunday night.
Here are some takeaways.
- The Rapids had 14 shots with 10 on target (a fantastic ratio) while FC Dallas had more shots (17) but only 3 on target. The Rapids have found their footing offensively. If by some miracle they find themselves in the playoffs, their offensive momentum will serve them well. If...
- While I could give you more stats, I find myself wondering how important stats are. Take the possession stat. Yes, FC Dallas won possession, but Colorado won the match. Or the percentage of passes completed—while FC Dallas won this category (82-79%), a team could win this by spending most of their time passing around in the back. To be fair, FC Dallas did not do this—they went forward consistently—but the fact remains that these statistics, while helpful for coaching staffs, mean little otherwise. (Feel free to comment and set me straight.)
- The man of the 90, Tim Howard, had a fantastic game, coming up with at least two huge saves to keep the Rapids in the match. In his comments leading up to this match, he has shown class and an appreciation to the supporters that seemed very genuine. I know that the match in the 2016 Western Conference semi-finals here at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park was the best sporting event I’ve ever experienced live. He has meant a great deal to Colorado soccer, and I’m so thankful for the past 3.5 years of getting to see him play game-in and game-out.
- The penalty bothered me, not due to Kei Kamara missing, but more the exchange he and Diego Rubio had about who would take it. Rubio picked up the ball, and Kamara snatched it out of his hand. Maybe this is a good thing, not shying away from taking an important shot to put the club up 2-0 at that point. Was Rubio wrong in assuming because Kamara is the designated PK taker? Was Kamara being selfish? It bothered me.
- Jack Price is an official legend. Sitting in 121 for the three corners he took on the southwest corner, fans sat in such anticipation for what they knew would happen—a perfectly placed set piece. How wonderful it is to find this support!
- In checking the playoff scenarios page on the MLS site, I found these deliciously wonderful paragraph. Enjoy this with me, won’t you? “The West, however, remains wide open after an evening of pure chaos. Though Real Salt Lake clinched a playoff spot thanks to their win over Houston, three chasing teams all dropped points while Colorado guaranteed they have something to play for on Decision Day thanks to a big 3-0 win over FC Dallas. In addition to Dallas, San Jose also lost, while Portland managed a tie against already-eliminated Sporting KC, leaving the door open for the Rapids to complete a miracle run to the postseason.”
I think I’m put a clip of that free kick by Diego Rubio on repeat for the rest of the day.
The resilience of this team, regardless of whether they make the playoffs or not, will mark this 2019 season and make this one of the most special in its history. Through all of the ups and downs, the Rapids are still our club. I and many others are proud to call them our club.
What were some of your takeaways?