Underneath an unfamiliar orange sky in Commerce City, with an unfamiliar lineup on the field, the Colorado Rapids managed to secure a point against the Chicago Fire with a 0-0 tie.
Due to the Rapids busy schedule of three games in a six day span, head coach Pablo Mastroeni was forced to go to his bench to find players for his starting rotation. Both Dillon Serna and Deshorn Brown, regular starters in most games for Colorado, were substituted into the game in the second half and provided the best scoring chances of the night. In the 63rd minute, Brown controlled a long ball sent over the top of the defense but was unable to finish. Serna was just as unlucky, hitting the crossbar in the 92nd minute just moments before the linesman signaled Serna was off-sides on the play.
Despite using six players who don't regularly start for Colorado, Mastroeni was pleased with the effort his team showed.
"They are young guys, but they are experienced in the game of soccer," said Mastroeni about his lineup. "The most important part is that they are soccer players. When you say it's the team, it's one thing to say it, it's another thing to show it, and I think tonight those guys showed that they are capable of playing at this level, which brings confidence to the whole group."
"Anytime I get subbed into the game, I think my job is to impact the game, and try to make things happen," said Dillon Serna. "Unfortunately, it didn't come tonight, but hopefully we'll take care of business in Dallas."
The Rapids' busy slate continues this week with a game on the road Saturday vs. FC Dallas. The team will return home next week in U.S. Cup competition when they host Orlando S.C. at DSG Park.
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