Real Salt Lake routed the Colorado Rapids 6-0 on Saturday night for one of the more lopsided results in MLS this season. Here are three things we learned.
When it rains, it pours. The Colorado Rapids’ night went from bad to worse to disastrous. A 6-0 loss to Real Salt Lake left the Rapids dejected after putting together some decent matches over the last few weeks.
Two red cards in the first half ultimately doomed the Rapids’ chances at taking any type of positive result from their rivals. Damir Kreilach had given Real a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. Then a ninth-minute red card was shown to Niki Jackson of the Rapids. One of the worst starts imaginable to the derby match.
Jefferson Savarino made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute and the Rapids found themselves yet another man down when Bismark Adjei-Boateng was shown the exit.
Down two men, the floodgates opened in the second half as Real Salt Lake put four goals past the Rapids. There were four different goalscorers in the second half for Real, which included Savarino, Joao Plata, Corey Baird, and Albert Rusnak.
Here are three things we learned from the 6-0 thumping.
3. Red cards ruin the day
Both of Colorado’s red cards were totally avoidable and showed a lack of discipline that could be the result of a frustrating season as a whole.
Niki Jackson dipped his head towards an RSL player, something that always puts yourself into treacherous waters, while Bismark Adjei-Boateng came flying into a challenge, tripped up his opposing man who was running by him with his foot high and studs showing. While Jackson’s red card may have been harsh, neither situation needed to have happened.
It was a poor showing in a match that had a very exciting opening few minutes and had the potential to be one of the many entertaining matches of Rivalry Week. However, the Rapids dug themselves into a hole early and stayed there for the remainder of the 90 minutes.