Match Recap: Columbus Crew 2, Colorado Rapids 1

Kyle’s Weekly Colorado Corner: Three Thumbs Down, Three Thumbs Up!

The Rapids have dropped two in a row, first to the LA Galaxy directly following the All-Star Game in Colorado, and now to Columbus Crew SC. Columbus needed this win after a rough loss to Orlando City SC.

Kei Kamara brought the fire (photo courtesy MLS)
Kei Kamara brought the fire (photo courtesy MLS)

Three thumbs down:

First thumb down goes to the lineup. Goodness. In need of a desperate win, the lineup came out in a 4-3-3 (okay, that’s fine) far too heavy on the defense. Worse, our three best attacking players (Serna, Powers, Torres) sat on the bench until the mid-seventies, when Serna came on to replace Sanchez. I’m not a fan of taking an attacking player out when trying to win games.

Second thumb down goes to the cards.  Two defenders, a midfielder, and a forward on our side received yellow cards, and Watts put himself one card away from suspension. Not only that, but Sjoberg got himself a double-yellow red, which to my untrained eye looked completely merited. All the players who received cards for the Rapids were on the same side of the field — maybe it had to do with the referee? Watts’ tackle definitely merited a card for sure, which pain me because I have repeatedly said I’m not 100% certain he belongs out there anyway, and definitely not if he’s going to make himself a disciplinary hazard.

Third thumb down goes to Pablo’s legacy. This has been weighing on my heart for a while. Pablo Mastroeni was an incredible player, and nobody can or will deny that. He is in the Gallery of Honor for the club, and he has always been regarded as a club legend. Unfortunately, after this fracas of a season is over, Pablo will not be remembered for being an amazing player. He will be remembered as a horrible coach who drove the Rapids into the ground, benched the #RapKids, and destroyed fan morale. I hate that. I want to go back to two years ago where I still loved Pablo and believed in him.

"Jared Watts (33) of Colorado Rapids tackles Tony Tchani (6) of Columbus Crew during the first half of action. The Colorado Rapids hosted the Columbus Crew on Saturday, August 8, 2015. (Photo credit AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)"
“Jared Watts (33) of Colorado Rapids tackles Tony Tchani (6) of Columbus Crew during the first half of action. The Colorado Rapids hosted the Columbus Crew on Saturday, August 8, 2015. (Photo credit AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)”

Three thumbs up:

First thumb up goes to the subs. Finally when it came time to put some more oomph in the offense, when Serna and Torres came on, the change was palpable. Torres had a great shot which was called offside, but nevertheless the energy level kicked up substantially.

Second thumb up goes to lies, damn lies, and statistics. If nothing else, at least we had shots. Only 22% of them were on goal, but they happened. We owned the possession for 12 of the 18 five-minute intervals of the game, and for probably 66% of those we owned it substantially. We were halfway decent in the final third, but our cross completion was horrifying. While shots don’t necessarily translate into goals and neither does possession, it’s certainly more heartening to larger numbers here.

Third thumb up goes to the Twitterverse. To be completely honest, after the last few days I wholeheartedly expected everyone (myself included) to be a bundle of depression online. Au contraire, mon frere. Most of the people dominating the #Rapids96 hashtag were at least partially upbeat, and some were downright jovial. Lots of fans posted pictures from the game, there was much banter to be had back and forth, and all in all there were worse places to be and people to chat with if your team is at the bottom of the table.

Scoring Summary:

COL: Bobby Burling (Vicente Sánchez), 42′

CLB: Kei Kamara (Tony Tchani), 52′

CLB: Kei Kamara (Héctor Jiménez), 64′

So who gets your thumbs down and up this game, or where was I completely off target? Let me know and come back for next week’s game against the San Jose Earthquakes!

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