Monday, March 4, 2013

Goalkeeping Blunder Cost Rapids A Point

A pretty even game on Saturday night was marred by a spectacular goalkeeping blunder, giving Dallas the win.  The teams were fairly even in the first half, with the difference coming in the 11th minute.  A high looping ball came towards the penalty area from Ferreria and Ceus ran out to field it, realizing at the last movement that he had left the box and couldn't use his hands.  He tried to head it but read the ball badly, allowing it to bounce over him.  It was a simple tap in by Jackson after that.  Both teams had 3 looks at goal in the half, Dallas converted one and we didn't.  After Dallas had a couple early chances in the 2nd half they started parking the bus and the Rapids had the run of the game but couldn't convert.

Random Thoughts:
  • I have not idea what Ceus was thinking on the goal.  He was standing at the top of the area when Ferreria played the ball, which left him no room to work with.  He ran out like he had room only to find himself out of position when he realized he couldn't use his hands.  Hurry back Pickens.
  • Some good play from our rookies Brown and Powers.  They looked like they belonged more than most rookies do.
  • Great to see Pablo back!
  • Harbottle seemed a bit out fo sync with his teammates.  I liked what he brought but he'll work better when he gets on the same page as the rest of the team.
  • Harris is my early candidate for my "why is he starting?" player of the season.
  • Calderon looks like a great pickup and even at his smaller size he's not afraid of anyone.
  • Mullan was serviceable at left back
  • Overall a better performance than I expected given the number of players we were missing.
Player of the Match: Dillon Powers.  He created a couple of good chances early (one that Brown completely blew) and overall performed at a much higher level than I expected.  Its early but considering we essentially traded Larentowicz for him we seemed to have made out well.

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