After a three-week international break, the Colorado Rapids came back with a two-game road trip with just three days of rest in between matches.
FC Cincinnati 0, Colorado Rapids 2
First up was Wooden Spoon contender FC Cincinnati, proof positive that money spent doesn’t always translate to success. Despite having the fifth-highest salary in the league, they’re fighting the Chicago Fire at the bottom of the league. They earned the Wooden Spoon last year, and the year before, and both times by a pretty large margin. They’ve had challenges with their coaching staff, they’ve had signings fail to deliver on their promises, and it seems like the only thing that can save them is to undergo nothing shy of a complete transformation of the team. They keep trying to do that, but nothing seems to quite click for them.
Their problems clearly aren’t around an undedicated owner. In fact, their ownership group has shown they are more than willing to spend big bucks on the team, with a brand new stadium having opened only a few weeks ago. They signed Brazilian soccer player Brenner and former DC United star Lucho Acosta as DPs, hoping to have them collectively rekindle their flailing offense. They signed Calvin Harris from the SuperDraft on a Generation Adidas contract to bring in some youth to their attack. They brought USMNT player Geoff Cameron in, and signed LAFC’s keeper Kenneth Vermeer off the waiver list to bolster their lackluster defense. Money is unquestionably being spent. But the results of the team just flat out do not show the same level of quality. Their attention has once again been put primarily into their offense, but that leaves their defense about as effective as a sieve in a river.
And then the Rapids came to town and handed them a 2-0 loss. Diego Rubio opened scoring in the 21st minute.
Wilson ➡️ Barrios ➡️ Rubio ➡️ Net— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) June 20, 2021
A thing of beauty. pic.twitter.com/h7tXV58b0t
Then Jonathan Lewis sealed the deal in the 72nd minute.
That is not to say that Cincy didn’t have chances, but goalkeeper William Yarbrough continues to come up big between the sticks, earning seven saves on the night.
Sporting Kansas City 3, Colorado Rapids 1
Then the Burgundy Boys traveled to Children’s Mercy Park to play a strong Sporting Kansas City side.
Heading into the match, SKC were sitting in second place in the Western Conference. Like the Rapids, Sporting got rid of a few minor contracts and signed a bunch of homegrown players. They’ve had young star Gianluca Busio play a great season so far and rumors are spinning for a potential transfer overseas. Sound similar to a few Rapids players?
But tonight was Daniel Salloi’s time to shine, putting in a brace in the first half to give his side a 2-0 lead going into halftime. Felipe Hernandez added a third in the 64th minute and it seemed all but over.
But the Rapids weren’t going to give up and Keegan Rosenberry found the back of the net for the second time this season in the 84th minute.
Minutes later, Andre Shinyashiki got a goal, but it was called back for offside (which it definitely was).
There are two points of concern from this game: Jack Price subbed out at halftime and Danny Wilson subbed out in the second half. The good news is that the guys have 10 days off until their next game, the annual 4th of July match against the Seattle Sounders.
Also good news: The Rapids are in third place in the Western Conference with 16 points. Seattle at home should be a good one. And the fireworks show is back! We’ll see you on the 4th!