Colorado started out great for the first 20-30 minutes of the game. They relentlessly attacked, and while Dallas had a couple of opportunities of their own, it seemed to be only a matter of time before the Rapids would get on the board.
Unfortunately, Dallas Santiago Mosquera beat them to it, getting his first goal of the night in the 41st minute. Mosquera scored two more goals later in the game for a hat trick.
Andre Shinyashiki kept the Rapids from being shutout by scoring just two minutes after subbing on, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough to get them back in it.
After the game, Rapids Head Coach Robin Fraser said it was a “pretty disappointing result for us considering we felt like we had pretty good control early in the game, a couple of half-chances, a couple of decent chances. We’re certainly not pleased to have that much control of the game and walk away with a 4-1 deficit.”
Every time Colorado lacked focus, Dallas made them pay for it. Fraser mentioned fatigue as a main factor for why the players weren’t “as sharp on set pieces.
A lot of set pieces are about concentration. As you tire, concentration wanes and you react half-a-second late. I think we saw some of that tonight. We saw some of that in what led to getting to the corner kicks. So certainly, as we grow as a team, part of it is we have to maintain our concentration even when fatigue sets in.”
The Rapids will rest up and head to Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday to play the LA Galaxy at 8:30 p.m. MT.