One week after a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles FC, the Colorado Rapids bounced back with a win that defied the statistics. Yet a 3-0 home win over FC Dallas on Saturday night is just another building block for a club that appears to have taken a step forward this season.
The Colorado Rapids are a good team, one that this season under head coach Robin Fraser is proving to have the identity as being tough defensively and efficient on offense.
And possession? It doesn’t seem to matter much. The Rapids held the ball just 34.1 percent of the match and were outshot by FC Dallas 21:13. But they finished three of their five shots on frame to battle out a win.
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“Really pleased with the win on a night where we didn’t play particularly well; the fact that we can still be resilient enough to find ways to deal with what was a very high-powered attack tonight,” Colorado Rapids head coach Robin Fraser told reporters after the match.
“I thought Dallas really gave us some issues, especially early on, to deal with. And as I said, on a night we didn’t play particularly well, to really be resilient and find ways to score goals and obviously work really hard defensively and come out of it with a clean sheet, with all that I’m really pleased.”
This is a team that is showing that last year’s playoff appearance was far from a fluke. One of the most underappreciated head coaches in MLS, Fraser has pieced together a team that is solid up and down its core. While they are lacking a star player or a true difference maker.”
With the win, their fourth straight win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Colorado Rapids are 4-2-1 (13 points) and ended Saturday in fourth place in the Western Conference.
Also with the win, there is the belief within the club that they are ready to establish themselves firmly within the Western Conference as a tough team and a playoff caliber side.
“A good result from us. Far from pretty, far from the game plan that we wanted to execute,” defender Keegan Rosenberry said after the match. “Robin said after the game it’s a sign of a good team and we cannot have the best of the night and get a good result.”