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Another 2-1 loss

July 31, 2012 | 8:07 pm 1
By Shaun Schafer

Stop me if this sounds familiar.

The Rapids lost 2-1.

This time Colorado fell behind in the opening moments, immediately tied the match, and then faded out on Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

This time the Seattle Sounders were the beneficiaries of this latest loss, but the victors hardly mattered as the Rapids completed an 0-for-July streak that leaves the team questioning its ability.

What went well? Not much. Seattle’s Eddie Johnson, fresh from scoring the goal that nipped Chelsea in injury time at the MLS All-Star Game, scored in the 2nd minute. In most losing streaks that would be enough to put a woeful team out of its misery, but the Rapids made it interesting.

Defender Drew Moor, one of the few Rapids still performing at the level of the 2010 championship squad, leveled the game off of open play in the 3rd minute.

It was a moment of hope, but as followers of the squad have noticed, it was fleeting. The atmosphere in the stadium and the play on the field was one of tentative moves. Eventually, the game unraveled as Seattle scored and the Rapids dropped to 7-14-1.

On the night, Conor Casey appeared to be playing out of position all night. Omar Cummings was a non-factor. The midfield was ineffective, and the backline went from disorganized early to under siege late. It was a forgettable outing for everyone in burgundy.

Once, not so long ago, the Rapids were 6-6-1 and looking for playoff position. Since them the team has gone 1-8, with the lone win a 3-0 pounding of the even-more-hapless Portland Timbers.

At the time of that last win, just a month ago, the Rapids appeared to be turning a corner, with Casey scoring his first of the season, Jaime Castrillon netting a strike and the defense turning in a shutout.

Casey has scored once since that win. Castrillon has been riding the bench. Martin Rivero has been ineffective. Cummings has been adrift. And the backline has been searching for the right combination of personnel.

In that time, the Rapids have gone from jockeying for playoff position to fighting to avoid the cellar. Poor team play, questionable personnel moves, a system that didn’t work, and a lack of will have taken the Rapids from contenders to a horror show on sod.

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