The Colorado Rapids may have won their last three games of the season, but hadn’t performed well after a break so far in 2020. Tonight was no different, as the Burgundy Boys got shut out 3-0 at Allianz Field, losing in Round One of the 2020 MLS Playoffs.
The Rapids came out strong in the first half, maintaining possession and putting some serious pressure on the Loons. Colorado had a couple of good chances, but just couldn’t get on the ball and find the back of the net. Minnesota’s Kevin Molino had an opportunity in the 22nd minute and made it count, putting his side up 1-0.
MNUFC came close to making it 2-nil, but hit the woodwork, and goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair made some big saves to keep the clean sheet in the first half.
Same thing in the second half.
The Rapids came out strong and had some opportunities and then the Loons ran up the pitch and scored again. This time it was Robin Lod, one of the internationals that MLS chartered back to be eligible to play.
In the 79th minute, more terrible defending led to a second goal from Molino put his side up 3-0 and was the nail in the coffin for the Burgundy Boys.
If we would have seen the club that came out against the Portland Timbers or Seattle Sounders, there would’ve been a much different outcome, but an injury to Sam Vines changed up the lineup and the Rapids never found their rhythm. Despite a disappointing loss and rollercoaster of a season, this bodes well for next year when we can hopefully get a normal regular season and the Rapids can ride their momentum from game to game.