Rapids' draw with Chicago a small step in the right direction

The Rapids will look for improvement in their coming fixtures.
COMMERCE CITY, Co. -- The Colorado Rapids aren’t thrilled with the 1-1 result against the Chicago Fire, but it is a step in the right direction

As with any match ending in a tie, the Colorado Rapids and their fans left Dick’s Sporting Goods Park filled with mixed emotions.

“I think you can always feel disappointed when you don’t win at home,” coach Gary Smith states. “But we’ve had to fight against a lot of adversity; not just this week, with the Brian issue, but with injuries. We’ve had of course the calls that go against us, and they continue today, I felt.”

The injuries and suspension have allowed the Rapids to benefit from their deep bench, allowing young players like Andre Akpan to step into a starting position pairing up with Omar Cummings.

“Andre had a fantastic game,” defender Drew Moor shares. “I thought he was the best player on the field; scored a great goal.”

The Rapids goal came soon after halftime. It was clear they had a chance to refocus after Chicago’s Marco Pappa goal late in the first half.

“We felt like we had played well,” Moor continued. “With 65% of the possession, we created some good chances. We just wanted to regroup at halftime, and make sure the late goal in the first half didn’t affect us.”

The Colorado Rapids were able to walk away with a point from the match against Chicago Fire, but they know they need to make adjustments in order to get a win.

“When we are controlling the ball with that kind of possession and controlling the other team,” Pablo Mastroeni explains, “we just have to find a way to capitalize on it. I think that is the thing that we’ve been missing is finding a way to get the ball into the net early, and scoring that first goal. From there we can really control the flow of the play.

“It takes a lot of energy,” the captain continues. “When we don’t score the goal, there’s going to be times we are going to be counter attacked on, and they did that today and scored the first goal. I think we’ve got to keep working and keep going. This is what this team is, resilient, positive, and we are going to find a way to get it done.”

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