After not playing for a full month, the Colorado Rapids expected a battle against Sporting Kansas City. In the pregame press conference, Rapids Head Coach Robin Fraser said that “Games at Kansas City are always tough. They’re a very good team, very well-organized, and they play very well at home. So for us, it’s just been a matter of getting back into a rhythm as quickly as possible.”
Unfortunately, the Rapids weren’t able to find their rhythm tonight and allowed four second-half goals to head back to Colorado with a 4-0 loss.
The Burgundy Boys didn’t get a single shot off in the first half, compared to 10 shots and four shots on goal for SKC (all four were from striker Alan Pulido). The Rapids ended up with two shots on goal tonight, compared to Sporting’s 12.
Goalkeeper William Yarbrough made several great saves on the night, but the rest of the team looked rusty and SKC finally took advantage of it.
First, the defense gave Pulido too much space at the top of the box, so he turned on Lalas Abubakar, took the shot, and found the back of the net.
On the second goal, Colorado failed to clear a corner kick and centerback Andreu Fontàs scored.
The third goal was on a poor giveaway that Gadi Kinda took advantage of and on the fourth, Gerso Fernandes smoked Auston Trusty and then chipped Yarbrough in a 1v1.
And that’s all there was to it.
It was the difference between a club that is in good form and building momentum towards the playoffs vs. a club that hadn’t played in a month.
“It’s obviously always disappointing to lose, but the reality is we weren’t as sharp tonight as we would like to have been. Given the time off, I can’t say it’s all that unexpected. The resiliency of the team was great. The fight was great. You could see it was a real struggle for us, but this is just another step in getting back to where we need to be,” Fraser said after the game.
He added that they hope to be able to train despite the forecasted snow over the next two days, but “we will certainly continue to emphasize the things that we want to do, whether they’re physically, and tactically, the things that we need to do and do quicker and sharper to enable us to play the way that we want to and need to play.”
The Rapids remain in 11th place in the Western Conference but still have 4-5 games in hand against most other teams. Their next game is Wednesday, October 28 at Minnesota United.