The GOOD – Tim Howard of old returned with 10 saves today.
Rapids win their first road game of the 2018 season and their first road win since beating the Houston Dynamo 1-0, September 9th of 2017 almost 10 months ago.
Good to see Sjoberg and Ford on the pitch today. Sjoberg playing the entire 90, Ford getting 29 mins in his first action of 2018 since going on the DL at the start of the season.
Nice hustle by Yannick Boli and Joe Mason to create the own goal by Vancouver in the first half giving the Rapids the lead in the 43rd minute.
Hudson deploying a different formation different from the usual 3-5-2. Today it was a 4-3-2-1.
The BAD – Yellow card suspensions coming up for Jack Price and Danny Wilson in Wednesday’s game against the Sounders on July 4th.
Second straight match without Dillon Serna listed in the 18.
The UGLY – Parking the bus in the second half with only 28% possession for the game, but with 3 matches this week, I dont think we could’ve expected much from the Rapids offensively in this match especially being on the road. I suspect the Rapids to show a stronger line up on Wednesday at home back in the familiar 3-5-2 and probably come the weekend match against Montreal, we’ll see something similar to what we saw today.
STOPPAGE TIME – The Rapids have now won 2 in a row and are unbeaten in the last 3. The defense bent but didnt break and stayed away from stupid mistakes mostly. Overall it wasn’t a pretty game but a win is a win. 7 points in 3 weeks when it could’ve easily been 0 points is a really good thing. The team is finding ways to win and right now are showing improvement in certain areas and that’s what we’ve been wanting to see this season. Let’s hope they can keep it going Wednesday night at home against the Sounders.
Bad news coming out of the Rapids camp today as it was reported that 2nd year defender Kortne Ford will miss 8-10 weeks with a sprained left MCL, story here.
Ford made 20 appearances, 19 starts in 2017, his rookie season.
This comes a day after Ford tweeted that his mother’s cancer numbers have again increased. Tough times right now for the Ford family.
Anything helps 🙏🏼 The doctors gave her 3-6 months to live, again… If you don’t have the means to donate, your prayers and retweets are sincerely appreciated. Thanks to everyone who helps play a role in my moms fight against terminal cancer. ❤️ https://t.co/NkamMAbWUEpic.twitter.com/GLnMlGWct6
The GOOD – Better game overall than the previous against OCSC the previous weekend. More shots (15) on goal, though only 1 was on target. Gashi has found his left foot again, and played a full 90, this is a great thing. Powers played well at the D-Mid position next to Azira. Rapids supporters standing in the 24th minute in support of Rapids homegrown player Kortne Ford whose mother is fighting breast cancer.
The BAD – Officiating, but certainly not the reason the Rapids lost the game. The back line played better overall until the counter attack late in the second half, leading to the Brek Shea goal. 5 losses in a row, the spiral continues.
The UGLY – Mekeil Williams’ red card. Who will play left back on Saturday? Personally I would like to see Dennis Castillo get the call up from Charlotte. Or do we see Mike da Fonte get the start this week?
The Final Third – Another late game collapse from the Rapids, a scenario we’ve seen way too much of. The Rapids have 7 of their next 10 games at home and could really turn things around on the season. A win this weekend will help that.
The Rapids will try again to get in the win column this Saturday as the San Jose Quakes roll into town. Sjoberg has been seen on the practice field this week.
The 2017 league schedule was finally released on Wednesday, along with a new match ball design. The new ball design looks incredible!
Highlights for the 2017 Rapids schedule are of course the season/home opener March 4th against the New England Revolution. Other highlights include…
March 18 – Minnesota United – first ever meeting between the expansion United and the Rapids
April 15 – Real Salt Lake – First leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup
June 24 – @ Atlanta United – First ever meeting between Rapids & the ATLU
July 4 – Seattle Sounders FC – First meeting since the Western Conference playoff finals of 2016.The stakes will be different in this matchup but I expect the Rapids to show a decidely different team this time around.
Congratulations to Tim Hinchey for adding to his award case with winning the MLS Exec of the Year for 2016! Well deserved.
Welcome to Rapids draft picks midfielder Sam Hamilton(15th overall, Univ of Denver) and defender Liam Callahan(24th, Syracuse Univ). The Rapids have added two players from the University of Denver this week with the signing of homegrown player Kort Ford.
Finally a huge congratulations to Rapids defender Jared Watts, who was married last weekend.