Monday, September 18, 2017

Rapids Continue Non-Losing Ways

My Friday prediction:
1-1 draw, goal by Badji.  The altitude and missing players will weaken NYCFC just enough for us to snag a point but it won't be pretty.
And that's exactly what happened.  NYCFC went up early after Watts fell and Ford and Azira didn't close in on McNamara which let him get a long-distance strike off.  Howard got a hand to it but could only push it into the bottom of the crossbar where it bounced in.  After that it was pretty bleh soccer, though surprisingly at half the Rapids had to shots on target to NYCFC's 1 (I'm not sure when the last time the Rapids had more shots on goal at half than the opponent).  The second half was more of the same until very late when Badji got behind the defense on a long run and slotted it him home for his team-leading 8th goal of the season.  Credit to Dom, in past years he would have screwed the chance up and its another example of his improvement this season.

The game really changed for the Rapids around the 65th minute when Gashi and Aigner were both subbed in.  Aigner has yet to start and Gashi has not been starting much lately.  I realize that the focus in these last 6 games will be on evaluating players for next season but we shouldn't completely throw away results (especially since the fans are still paying for the tickets) so seeing our best players start more often than not should be the expectation.

The rapids now need 6 points in the last 6 games to avoid their worst ever pts/game total.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tonight's Rapids Game A New First For Me

Tonight the Rapids host the second best team in the league, NYCFC.  Last time we saw them was in Yankee stadium last year where they put a 5-1 beat down on us.  That was almost a sixth of all the goal we allowed last season and by far our worst performance.  NYCFC is right where they were last year, 2nd place in the East, while the Rapids are on the other end of the table.  Tonight's game is at 7pm with the call on Altitude.

I'll be watching on Altitude, not at the game.  For the first time since 2008 (before I first got season tickets) the Rapids are playing at home, I don't have plans, and I'm not going.  This season has beaten my interest out of me.  Some friends will also not be there tonight and I had a choice between staying home and listening to Bob Rondeau's final season calling the Washington Huskies as they host Fresno State or watching the Rapids play ineffective soccer against a good team and hoping to eek out a draw.  I'm going with the former and I'll multi-task to watch both the Huskies and Rapids at the same time.

Bobby Burling is questionable for the Rapids but everyone else is available.  The big question is will Aigner finally start a game?  NYCFC is down 7 players, including David Villa, with an 8th questionable.  If we're going to take on a good team, now's the time to take them on.

Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Badji.  The altitude and missing players will weaken NYCFCc just enough for us to snag a point but it won't be pretty.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rapids Snap Winless Streak With Surprise Win

The Rapids last road win?  Houston (last year).  The Rapids last home win? Houston (in July).  So of course we should have seen this surprise win coming.  Colorado seems to have Houston's number but it wasn't exactly exciting soccer.  We saw our first real glimpse of what Aigner can bring to this team, his perfect cross to Badji to set up the winning (and only) goal is a pass we haven't seen often as Rapids fans.  That was only the 3rd shot on goal of the night though and Houston also only had 3.  Kortne Ford had a good game on defense.

While the win is always welcome and needed, the main difference between this game and the last couple is that Houston played no better than us, which at least kept it competitive.  Offensively there was no difference this week, other than Aignr's pass, to what we've been seeing.

The Rapids now need 7 points in the last 7 games to avoid their worst pts/game ever.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Colorado @ Houston Tomorrow Night

The Rapids finish their road trip in Houston tomorrow night.  A tough matchup against an team undefeated at home while the Rapids are still winless on the road.  Game time tomorrow is 6:30pm on Altitude.  Since the Huskies take on Montana at 6 I'll watch that live and catch up with the Rapids, if its worth it, afterwards.

Burling and Doyle are both questionable for this one.  Burling from his continuing foot injury and Doyle from the head knock he took last week.  I assume neither will suit up tomorrow.  Maybe Aigner will start for this one?  Houston has two players out injured.

Prediction: 2-0 loss.  Houston has a top 5 offense and a average defense, both of which are better than the Rapids.  With how the team has apparently given upon the season this won't take long for Houston to run us over.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Rapids Lost Again

Another game, another loss.  Another time when the players didn't even try.  The Rapids were down 2 in under 30 minutes and never looked like they belonged on the field with what was (at the time) the second worst team in the league.  Their first shot wasn't until just before halftime, their first shot on target wasn't until the last 5 minutes of the game.

Honestly, I don't think we win another game this season.  Our best chance might be this weekend in Houston only because the Dynamo are a mid-tier team and who knows where their heads are with the hurricane (not to make light of the tragedy).  After that there's 3 road games, none of which I see us winning, and home games against NYCFC (loss), Montreal (a chance), Dallas (loss), and FSL.  That home finale could be a good chance since both teams will be eliminated by then, but if we're on a 15 game winless streak at that point I see no reason to expect it would change.

Next up, @Houston at 6:30pm on Saturday.  I'll watch that game on delay after watching Washington-Montana live.