There was nothing pretty about the weather, or how the game finished, as the Rapids played the San Jose Earthquakes to a 0-0 draw. Despite the uneventful score line, Colorado still collected a point in the standings to remain among the top teams in the Western Conference.
"I think for the first time this year we encountered a team that actually came in to make it hard for us to play, as opposed to trying to go out and find the game themselves," said head coach Pablo Mastroeni. "This is a great learning experience for our group, and if we continue on the same form, there's going to be more and more teams that come to this place and try to sit in and look to break. So now it's a whole different element and a different way of playing the game."
"The game of soccer is tricky: sometimes the ball bounces in the right spot and you can knock it in, and sometimes it doesn't. But I think overall, again, the effort was great, and a good performance to build on."
The game started with San Jose getting a great scoring chance off a corner-kick in the first minute. Alan Gordon's header beat Rapids goalie Clint Irwin, but the ball hit the crossbar and landed within the reach of Irwin. The Rapids would finish the first half with quality chances from both Jared Watts and DeShorn Brown, but San Jose goalie Jon Busch answered each with an acrobatic save.
The Rapids gained an advantage late in the second half when Adam Jahn's foul on Colorado midfielder Jared Watts in the 86th minute drew a red card. The Rapids finished the game with two scoring chances, even though they were up a man for the last nine minutes.
Despite the lack of quality chance throughout the game, Rapids captain Drew Moor felt very good about the way the Rapids handled the game.
"I think that's a good sign in this locker room that against a good San Jose team that had their backs against the wall you don't concede," said Moor. "Not only do you not concede a goal but other than one chance you don't concede many chances. So, you've got to move on to the next week is what you have to do."
Next week will take the Rapids to Seattle for a tough away match with the Sounders. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:00pm MT.
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