SALT LAKE CITY — The Colorado Rapids were trying to bash thing they haven’t done since 2007, triumph back-to-back games against Real Salt Lake successful Utah. They failed to bash so, losing 3-0 successful 1 of the worst losses of the season.
“We’re disappointed evidently with the result,” skipper Jack Price said. “We thought we were comfy successful the crippled until evidently the goals we conceded, which for our standards they’re beneath par truthful we instrumentality afloat work arsenic a squad there.”
Is it revenge oregon is the curse back?
The Rapids snuck distant with the Rocky Mountain Cup past play aft a 5-0 triumph astatine Rio Tinto Stadium. It was conscionable the 4th clip successful 14 years of the rivalry the Rapids had taken location the cupful and it was the archetypal triumph successful Salt Lake since 2007.
They bushed the Vancouver Whitecaps astatine Rio Tinto Stadium earlier this season. With 2 consecutive wins astatine the stadium, it had appeared those demons could beryllium down them.
Until Saturday night.
In the 14th minute, Lalas Abubakar passed the shot backmost to goalkeeper William Yarbrough, erstwhile Yarbrough went to halt it, the shot was nary longer there. It went past Yarbrough and crossed the extremity enactment earlier the goalkeeper could get to it. A play that volition apt extremity up connected SportsCenter’s not apical 10.
“Will’s been fantastic for america this season, helium has truthful galore cleanable sheets already,” Price said. “… So 1 error, I’m not going to enactment him down successful the crushed due to the fact that it is what it is. It happens. Unfortunately he’s a goalkeeper truthful if helium makes a mistake it usually ends successful a goal.”
In the 30th minute, the Rapids recovered themselves connected the incorrect broadside of a turnover erstwhile again. After a country kick, with astir of their defenders successful oregon adjacent the opponent’s box, Andre Shinyashiki mislaid power of the ball. It was cleared to RSL’s Bobby Wood, who carried it down the pitch, bushed Keegan Rosenberry one-on-one and slotted it location to enactment his squad up 2-0.
“We made immoderate truly atrocious mistakes tonight,” caput manager Robin Fraser said. “We made immoderate truly atrocious mistakes and it was ever going to beryllium a situation erstwhile we springiness distant the goals that we did… [B]ut we determination on.”
The Rapids showed signs of beingness successful the 2nd half, dominating possession and creating a fewer chances. But successful the extremity it wasn’t capable and RSL sealed the woody successful the 77th infinitesimal with a extremity from Rubio Rubin.
“I deliberation we were not objective successful those chances,” Fraser said, arsenic the Rapids held the shot for 58% of the lucifer but didn’t person thing to amusement for it. “And successful our last actions astatine times not precise enough.”
Around 50 Rapids fans, arsenic portion of the supporter’s radical Centennial 38, made the 500 mile-plus trek successful a autobus from Denver to Salt Lake for the match. It is not the archetypal clip they volition beryllium going location disappointed.
“I’m disappointed for them that we didn’t bash better–certainly, that we didn’t bash amended connected the scoreboard—but it was tremendous to look up and spot however galore Rapids determination were,” Fraser said. “It was truly heartwarming.”