The match really was a tale of two halves. The first half being the better of the two halves for the Rapids. Despite giving up an early goal in the 8th minute, The Rapids found the equalizer in the 28 minute thanks to Dillon Serna. The second half saw the Rapids with a man advantage early but they were never able to capitalize on. The midfield play became a bit stagnant compared to the first half and this is where I believe a player like Juan Ramirez will make a difference in midfield. His ability to take defenders on one v one will open up the field of play for others. Ramirez didnt play in this game, but we’ve seen what he can do on the ball.
Rapids finish the preseason 2-2-2, but the look of this team in the preseason you can say that right now this is a different and much better team than the one that finished the 2014 season. The Rapids finish the preseason back in Colorado ahead of their regular season opener against the Philadelphia Union on Mar 7th.
After a 1-1 draw with New England last Saturday and a 1-0 win over FC Tucson on Wednesday, the Rapids will play in the Desert Diamond Cup final this Saturday. The Rapids this preseason have a 2-1-2 record, (including the UNLV game).
I know results shouldnt really matter in the preseason and it’s more about putting together a game plan for the season and at the same time building a team that can execute that game plan with positive results during the season and into the playoffs. I will argue that when you are winless in the last 14 games of a season that results in the current preseason are just as important as they will be during the 2015 regular season.
The Desert Diamond Cup Final will be streamed online, this Saturday starting at 7pm.
The Rapids will play their first match of the preseason in Las Vegas against the San Jose Earthquakes Feb 15th at Cashman Field. In the first ever Las Vegas Pro Soccer Challenge Cup(way too long of a name). Full story here.
The Rapids then head to Tucson to take part in the Desert Diamond Cup from Feb 18-28th hosted by the United Soccer Leagues PDL team, F.C. Tucson. Accommodations and ticket information here. Eight other MLS teams along with the Rapids will participate in preseason activities in Tucson, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders, San Jose Earthquakes as early as January 31st.