Statistically speaking, the Colorado Rapids are one of the better offensive teams in Major League Soccer. But despite leading the MLS in penalty kick goals, with forward Vincente Sanchez leading the league in total goals scored, the Colorado Rapids have yet to score in open play.
But head coach Pablo Mastroeni is anything but worried.
"If we score 100 goals on PKs (penalty kicks), I'll take 100 goals on PKs," said the first-year head coach. "The most important part of attacking soccer is putting yourself in situations where you can score goals. How the ball goes across the goal is irrelevant to me."
"I think the mindset is right, and that is being near the goal and being dangerous."
If the Rapids are to get their first "run of play" goal soon, chances are good it could come on the road as the team spends the next two games in Canada (Vancouver on Saturday, Toronto on April 12th). The trip will have the team traveling almost 6,000 miles in two weeks, but the players believe it shouldn't impact the results on the field.
"Two trips to Canada is a lot," said midfielder Dillon Powers. "It is a lot, but everything is provided for us. We're doing everything we can recovery-wise, and we've got a good system in place. We do what we can, and hopefully it carries over to our performance.
The Rapids will face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, April 5th, at 4:30pm MT. Check back with 9news.com for a full recap and photos following the game.
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