The Full 90 – Rapids vs FC Dallas observations…

There’s not much more that can be said that hasnt already been said before, as the Rapids lose again this afternoon to FC Dallas 1-0, extending their winless streak to now 13 games.

Todays starting lineup was nowhere near similar to last week’s lineup at Chivas USA, one exception of Vicente Sanchez starting in place of Charles Eloundou. Powers is not starting up top as a forward this week as he did last week. He was back to his midfield position. Wynne and Klute were back to their regular starting positions on the back line. Few similarities from the previous week was Irwin again back in net for the 3rd straight game and Zat Knight was wearing the captain’s armband for the second consecutive game.

The Rapids dominated possession with 57%, but were outshot 9 to 6. Jared Watts red card in the 79th minute of the second half didnt help the Rapids cause any, leaving the team to play down a man with 10. There was a Davey Armstrong sighting, who came into the game for Dillon Powers in the 80th minute. The substitution of Charles Eloundou in for Deshorn Brown in the 89th minute was stupid by Pablo. FC Dallas were the more physical team I felt, even though it seemed like every few minutes FC Dallas did their best Sporting KC impersonation with player on the ground “injured” after a little contact.

Defensively the team played better, if for no other reason that they didnt give up a goal from open play. The penalty kick for FC Dallas on a handball by Klute was the only reason FC Dallas were able to score.

The home season is now done for the Rapids and on fan appreciation day an announced crowd was just over 15000, really was not bad for a team playing as bad as the Rapids have been playing. There were a good number of FC Dallas fans in attendance aside from the El Matador supporters in section 100. Centennial 38 seemed louder today, which is always a good thing.

The Rapids finish out the season next Saturday at Vancouver with a chance to again get the most elusive win and to end the season on a positive. Let’s go Rapids!

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