Best of luck to Ryan Madden in his new position as Rapids Director of Communications. Also best of luck to Deshorn Brown in his second stint in MLS. Brown will make his first return to DSGP with DC United against the Rapids August 19th.
Is Deshorn Brown on his way out? Daniel Boniface of the Denver Post is reporting that according to a report out of Norway that Brown could be headed to Norway’s first division Tippeligaen club, Vålerenga out of Oslo.
Well the season has finally officially come to an end. The Rapids drop the season finale to the Whitecaps 1-0. This I have to say was the best effort overall in both halves put together by the Rapids during the now 14 game winless streak. That’s not to say there wasn’t some areas where the team could improve.
Possession was horrible, 40%. Passing wasnt much better. Too many balls being played over the top into no waiting Rapids player and into the opposing team. The midfield needs someone who can possess the ball, move it and start the attack. Defense was much better as a whole in this game even after losing Marvell Wynne to injury. The exception of course being the set piece the Whitecaps scored on a header in the 18. Which brings me to Zat Knight. Please let’s go ahead now and shelve the Zat Knight experiment. Sure we maybe needed the experience on the back line due to injuries a few weeks ago, but in the 3.5 matches he’s played in, he’s provided nothing of any positive aspect to the team. Clearly Knight at 6’6″, 225 and as the captain he should have been marking the Whitecaps Kendall Waston (6’5″, 215) inside the 18 and not Deshorn Brown. A captain needs to see the situation and make those decisions.
I love Eloundou up top, hopefully he will see more time with the first team in 2015. He seems to be the one forward who consistently makes good runs on and off the ball, making himself a threat on the offensive side. Deshorn is still the bigger scoring threat on the team but Eloundou is a breath of fresh air in the attacking third.
I hope Drew Moor isn’t getting too comfortable in his after playing days role as a media personality while he’s been out. He’s done podcasts, video and tonight was behind the desk with Marcelo and Fleming in the Rapids pre and post game. He certainly looks comfortable in that role, but let’s not rush him to retirement just yet.
2014 is done for the Rapids as we start to look forward to following the MLS playoffs. The Rapids have a ton of questions to answer in the offseason to say the least.
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.
FC Dallas again on the ground “injured”
Final home game of 2014
El Matador supporters group
The highlight of the game for Rapids fans
Game action against FC Dallas
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!
Some observations from the match Saturday night against the Quakes. Good effort overall by the boys, statistically they were the better team on the night. They created some chances, were more aggressive and it looked as though they had a good week of practice leading up to the game. They still need to tighten up on defense some more, but certainly an improvement over the previous few games. It figures that the two teams with similar winless streaks would end this match in a tie. Both the Quakes and Rapids are now winless in their last 10 matches.
It was good to see Gaby Torres get the start up top with Deshorn Brown, this has been long overdue. I actually like the substitution in the second half of Sanchez in for Powers. I’m sure Sanchez would love to start every match as any player would, but I like it when he comes off the bench and immediately this team gets a much needed spark going forward. Joe Nasco in net was a huge surprise as earlier in the week it was hinted or suggested that Irwin looked like he might get the start going into the weekend.
The attendance was actually better than I expected it to be considering the Rapids freefall the last 2 months and hosting a team like the Quakes doesnt necessarily guarantee a huge turnout, unless hecking Wondolowski is on your to-do list for the evening.
Three points were there for the taking for the Rapids, but I’m still left wondering why there was so much stoppage time at the end of the match. Regardless or not, the Rapids need to continue to play until the whistle is blown. Better job this week Rapids, now let’s see what we can do against Seattle on Sunday. Go Rapids!
Just a few thoughts on the Rapids and some other observations from last night’s match.
Thank you soccer gods, the losing streak is finally over! Finally.
Officiating was questionable more times than not. I’m playing nice when I say that.
The Rapids overall looked better than they have since the losing streak started. It was great to see Shane O’Neill, and Kamani Hill back on the field.
I admit that earlier in the week the Colorado Rapids website stated the goal keeping position was up for grabs, I honestly didnt think Berner would get the start over Irwin. Irwin’s confidence hopefully hasnt been shaken, but you can understand why if that’s the case. The number 1 keeper has now not started in the teams last 3 games. It’s obvious Pablo is either truly searching for answers or playing mind games, or both, but we cant be sure which it is. Things become more intriguing the week ahead when Nasco is available to play again coming off his red card suspension. Who will Pablo give the start to this week?
Deshorn Brown in the second half was the most aggressive that we’ve seen him since early in the season. He’s still dangerous to opposing teams just stepping on the field, but I would like to see much more of the same intensity out of him. He and Vicente Sanchez have formed some chemistry when on the pitch together, but unfortunately Sanchez wasnt available for this game. Both Carlos Alvarez and Kamani Hill played well on the wings of the 4-5-1, hopefully this will bring the team some added success in the future.
Next up, the third leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup with Real Salt Lake. Even though Salt Lake has already claimed the cup for this season, there’s still plenty to play for in this game. Despite the level of intensity having fallen off in the rivalry, it’s still Salt Lake and the Rapids should be hungry to try and steal 3 points on the road. Which should make for an interesting and hopefully entertaining match Friday night.
With 6 games to go and 6 points out of a playoff spot, the Rapids can gain ground this week with a win at Salt Lake. Let’s go Rapids!!!