Colorado had a chance to really take control at the top of the table this week. Dallas lost to FSL and LA drew. Instead a boring match that ended 0-0 leaves Colorado in a slightly better position but without the separation they should have at this point.
- In all seriousness there's only two plays in the whole game that stood out to me. The first was a foul on Doyle in the 65th minute that was a clear Denial of an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity (DOGSO) and should have been a red card for Orlando and a man advantage for the last 25 minutes for Colorado. Instead the ref only went yellow.
- The second was a sliding block at the top of the box by Burch in the 85th minute. It was probably the most dangerous look Orlando had all night and Burch timed his slide perfectly.
- Other than that this was a game of meaningless possession and poor midfield passing, on both sides.
- For about 20 minutes or so early in the second half Colorado had Orlando back on its heels but couldn't finish them off. For most of the rest of the half Orlando was probably the better team.
- That's mainly because Kreis made subs to neutralize what the Rapids were doing while Pablo's subs were...questionable.
- Le Toux came out for Pappa, which made some sense since Le Toux probably isn't 90 minutes fit yet. Then Cronin came out for Azira which was pointless from what I could see. The final sub in the 90th minute was Doyle for Badji which...why? There was one report that Doyle picked up a knock and that's the only reason I can see to make that sub.
- My thought was essentially "Welcome back 2015 Pablo, nobody missed you".
- This game called for Badji to be put in for Powers and a switch to a 4-4-2. Pablo is stubborn about the 4-2-3-1 but an additional attacking resource,, even Badji, would have made the difference I think.
- 2 points left on the field Saturday night. 2 points left on the field against Dallas. 2 against Portland on the 4th of July. If (or what I think is more likely now, when) we fail to win the Shield we'll look back at those 6 points as why.
- The Bodmer Line is down to .4 pts/game.
- On to FSL and the Rocky Mountain Cup. A win on Friday would be huge for our Shield chances and we'd keep the Cup.
Man of the Match: Marc Burch. Pretty much because of that sliding block.