Monday, April 13, 2015

Rapids Burn Dallas For Four Goals

Well that was fun.  The offense finally started to start the season and did so in a big way with four goals while the defense put up another shutout.  Torres finally got on the board with a goal and an assist while Ramirez chipped in with his first MLS assist.  For the icing on the cake Serna bombed in a goal of the week for our first win over Pareja.

General impressions:
  • Final ugly stat update, then we can put that whole horrible run behind us:
    • 602 minutes without a goal (team record, second worst in league history)
    • 18 games without a win (team record, ties league record)
    • 362 minutes without a goal to start the season (team record, second worst in league history)
    • 2 points in last 14 games of 2014 (team record, league record for worst single-season run of form)
    • 6-0 loss to LA (team record worst loss, tied for 3rd in league history)
  • DRRRREEEEWWWWW!!!!!!   Great to see the captain back.  In a game we didn't think he'd even be available on the bench he starts and goes 90, and plays well.
  • The yellow kits look better in use than they did in the publicity photos.  Still not my favorite but not bad.  Zlatan would look at home in them. ;)
  • Badji, Powers, Torres, Serna, Sarvas, and Ramirez all got goals or assists in this one.  Really the only one left out was Sanchez, who only got in for second half stoppage time.  Nice distribution.
  • A nice problem to have all of a sudden is too many options at CB.  I think Moor and O'Neill should be the starters but Sjoberg is pushing for time once healthy.  Burling is a little too physical for my tastes but could also be a starter.
  • We've only started the same back 4 twice (Houston & NE) and we still have 4 shutouts in 5 games.  Some of that is the good play of Irwin but some of it is just real consistent defense regardless of who's back there.
  • The team could have easily taken their foot off the gas after 2 or 3 goals.  Good to see them still pushing all the way to the end.
  • Lopez looks like a natural on the sideline.  I wouldn't be shocked to see him become a head coach in a couple of years.  Did he remind anyone of the Argentine Mark Harmon though?
  • The Rapids now have the second best goal differential in the league.
Man of the Match: Dillon Powers.  Great pass to set up the first goal, great shot to score the second.  Great work all night.

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