Monday, April 22, 2013

Rapids & Sounders Set MLS Back 5 Years

That was a lousy game to watch as a neutral fan, worse as a Rapids fan.  It probably wasn't very pleasant to watch as a Sounders fan but at least they could celebrate 3 points at the end of the day.  Two teams that were lucky to string 3 passes together wasted 90 minutes on the field.  At the end of the day the difference was that one team (Seattle) followed up a rebound and finished it and one team (Colorado) didn't.  Both teams had 3 shots on goal and 2 great chances.  Colorado hit the crossbar and the woodwork, Seattle hit the crossbar and Irwin saved the second but Martins followed up the rebound to score.  Wynne did a fairly decent job of marking him but slipped when trying to beat Martins to the ball leaving an easy shot for the Seattle DP.

Other than that there's not much to say about this dog of a game.  The sad thing is that the 3 points were there for the taking due to Seattle's poor play, but the disjointedness of the Rapids lineup (losing both starting forwards in the 24 hours leading up to the game) and the inability to get good chances on target allowed Seattle to claim the win.

My key to the match was a defensive lock down.  One mistake was all it took.  At least we didn't give up a PK.

Random Thoughts:
  • Steve Zakuani gave Section 108 a nice thumbs up after we welcomed him back to Colorado at the beginning of the game.
  • That said, Yedlin deserved all the boos we gave him for that Flock of Seagulls-esque haircut.
  • Buddle was ruled out after pre-game warm-ups.  That was probably the change that cost us any points from this game.
  • Good to see Mwanga out there, bad to see him play so poorly.  He had two gift-wrapped chances he couldn't finish and generally didn't impact the game at all.
  • Mullan started out similarly but found his groove in the second half.  He wasn't great but it was a marked improvement after halftime.
  • Cascio wasn't as bad as some are making him out to be, but with the complete lack of input from Harris and Mwanga we needed more from him than we got.
  • LaBrocca leaving at half for the second straight game isn't a good sign, but Hill coming on for him made the Rapids look a little better.
  • I know some readers won't like this comment but Seattle's time-wasting is still the best in the league.  Make of that what you will. ;)
Player of the Match: Clint Irwin.  Almost by default as nobody stood out and Irwin made every save we could expect from him.  Nothing he could have done about the goal.


Schmicker said...

great stuff by your supporters group. very classy with zakuani.

Jason Maxwell said...

Well none of us liked seeing what happened and wile some of us may still be a bit bitter about how Mullan got treated by the league, we're not going to blame Zakuani for that.

Schmicker said...

It's not my policy to pump up other fanbases, but let's be honest. I would have expected a polite clapping for him, but to chant his name was spectacular.

Oh, and why should we 'make of it what you will'? I'm pretty sure there was no gray part to your comment.

Jason Maxwell said...

Could you hear the chanting on the broadcast? I didn't go back to watch it yet.

As to "make of that what you will", some people ;) have accused me of being overly-negative about the Sounders in the past, so I tried to phrase my comment in a more positive light. :D

Schmicker said...

oh, well everyone is negative of the sounders because everyone in the league hates them. that is fine by me. whatever.

Jason Maxwell said...

Apparently Zakuani appreciated the chanting as well:

"I don’t know if you guys saw, but as the game started, a section of Colorado fans were singing my name. That’s probably the most emotional moment I’ve had on the pitch, having opposing fans singing my name."