The Seattle Sounders are nothing to scoff at this season, sitting in 2nd place in the Western Conference, but came into this game missing 10 players to international call-ups. The Colorado Rapids were only down four men—Kei Kamara, Diego Rubio, Cole Bassett, and Sebastian Anderson—which means that Robin Fraser was still able to put out a decent starting line-up.
The Rapids played well and had multiple opportunities in the first half, with four shots on target and 11 total. That being said, it took until the 41st minute for Colorado get on the board. Andre Shinyashiki got himself a great goal thanks to a wonderful pass from Jonathan Lewis.
Honestly, the Rapids probably should’ve had two or three goals after the first 45 minutes. At the half, Fraser said they needed to “get the ball in better spots to create more dangerous opportunities.” He said they will “continue to defend high” and just needed “few little reminders” about what they want to be doing.
Brian Schmetzer made one substitution (Danny Leyva in for Handwalla Bwana) for Seattle to start the second half, while Fraser kept the same 11 for Colorado. A few minutes in, the Sounders made their second substitution of the night, bringing in Shandon Hopeau for Justin Dhillon. Hopeau was one of the players from the Tacoma Defiance that the Sounders signed to a short-term deal under MLS’ “extreme-hardship” rule.
In the 59th minute, Lewis received a peach of a pass from Shinyashiki and attempted to chip Seattle keeper Stefan Frei, but it went wide. After the play, Lewis limped for a few steps and was holding his left hamstring. Shortly after, he went down on the pitch and was replaced by Dillon Serna. I asked Lewis about the injury after the game and he said it wasn’t anything serious and that he’d be ready for Wednesday.
In the 70th minute, Nicolas Mezquida brought the ball up the middle and passed it out to Keegan Rosenberry on a 3v2 against the Seattle defense. Rosenberry crossed it through the box to Shinyashiki, who put in his second goal of the night.
Niki Jackson made his first appearance since March, coming in for Shinyashiki in the 75th minute. Fraser’s third and final substitution was in the 82nd minute, bringing Danny Wilson in for Sam Nicholson. Seattle’s third and final sub was Alex Roldan for Emanuel Cecchini in the 84th minute.
This was a game that the Rapids were absolutely expected to get all three points from and could have had more goals if not for a few saves from Frei. The Burgundy Boys played well and deserved a win in Commerce City tonight.