Monday, August 24, 2015

An Ugly Win Is Still 3 Points

Great opening from the Rapids.  Then 89 minutes of the same dreck we've seen over and over this season.  After Serna's goal the Rapids had 1 shot on target the rest of the game (a good shot from distance by Torres).  Attacking soccer huh?  If we weren't playing the worst team in the Eastern Conference we don't win as Chicago had chance after chance, especially in the first half.

The Rapids got the early lead and then sat back and absorbed pressure for 89 minutes.  It worked, only due to some helpful posts and good play from Irwin, along with a fairly solid outing from Burling and St. Ledger.  This is certainly not the attractive soccer that's been hyped though, we've got 4 shots on goal total in our last two games.

Still credit to the team for getting a tough win.  It was our first ever win at Toyota Stadium and it gets us that much closer to improving on last season.  We need 6 points in our last 10 to show an improvement over last season.

Nobody should get excited about our playoff chances though, despite the expected (and in reality, practically required) spin in the media.  Per SportsClubStats we still have the lowest chance of making the playoffs in the league at 2.3% (Chicago is at 4.3% after the loss).  The Bodmer Line is down to 1.9 - 2.1 pts/game.

Man of the Match: Clint Irwin.  Big time saves to get us a win.

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