Today’s Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions league draw saw the Rapids paired up against 2017 MLS Cup Champions, Toronto FC, story here.
This will be the Rapids 3rd appearance in CONCACAF Champions League, last appearing in the 2011-2012 edition, not advancing past the group stage. The Rapids 2-1-3 record finishing 3rd with 7 points in Group B behind Santos Laguna (13pts) and Isidro Metapan (9pts) and ahead of Real Espana (5pts).
The Rapids first appearance was in the 1998 edition of the then CONCACAF Champions Cup, losing in the qualifying round against Club Leon 4-3 aggregate.
The GOOD – First road point of the season. Badji’s equalizer in the 76th minute. The Rapids played a better second half than first half, not counting the last 5 minutes of the match. The Academy didn’t hand out any Oscars for that bit of acting in those final 5 mins. Kortne Ford didnt receive a red card on his challenge on Giovinco, though he should have.
The BAD – Another slow start to a game. 1st half 40% possession, 0 corners, outshot 7-2, committing 7 fouls along the way.
The UGLY -The final 5+ plus mins of the match. If the team was really cramping up or stalling we’ll never truly know, but it wasn’t the best show of the team as a whole. Maybe even a bit disrespectful to the game. Every team at some point does it, but what we witnessed those last 5 mins, that was ridiculous. If that is the “heart” that Pablo referred to this team having earlier in the season, then this team is in dire need of a heart transplant, starting with Pablo removed from the position of manager.
If there was anyone on this team last season who epitomizes the slogan “#keepfighting” it was Jermaine Jones. And not just with the Rapids, but with any team he has been with. Hopefully someone next season can pick up and emulate the intensity and the fight on the field the way Jones does. Thank you Jermaine for everything you gave to the club and the fans.
EXTRA TIME – In former Rapids news, Toronto FC keeper Clint Irwin was selected by the Atlanta United FC in today’s expansion draft. Then later traded back to Toronto FC.