Match Recap: Late Roldan Goal As Points Shared At DSGP
COLORADO RAPIDS 1-1 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC DICK’S Sporting Goods Park | Wednesday, October 20
Cristian Roldan’s goal nine minutes from time denied the Colorado Rapids victory at home on Wednesday night as Seattle Sounders secured their second point from a second visit to DICK’S Sporting Goods Park.
Dominique Badji’s glancing header in the 66th minute appeared to be enough. The Senegalese striker got on the end of a Jack Price corner, and at that point the Rapids were in the ascendency. That was the 12th assist on the season for the Englishman.
But Sounders substitute Leo Chu got the better of Kellyn Acosta on the left-hand side to feed Roldan for his sixth goal of the season, with the US international midfielder stabbing home from close range.
The result leaves the Rapids third in the standings, still six points behind the Conference-leading Sounders, with four games remaining (STANDINGS). Portland let slip a 2-0 lead at home to lose 3-2 to Vancouver Whitecaps. That result means the Rapids extend their lead over the Timbers to six points in the table as the pair prepare to meet in Commerce City at the weekend.
Man-of-the-match Dominique Badji told Altitude Sports: “There were definitely goals to be had there but the difference between a draw and a win is just that final pass, that final cross. Tonight, we weren’t really on it, but we’re trying.
“We weren’t afraid to try and hit that pass and I think on any other night we’re scoring more than one goal.”
In seven games against the three other sides in the top four, the Rapids are now 0-2-5. For a deep run in the postseason, that stat needs to change, with the Rapids needing to find a way to triumph against the top teams.
Starting out with a 4-3-3, a formation which appeared to take Seattle by surprise, the Rapids had some good looks early on. Jonathan Lewis, in particular, found himself with time and space, while Sounders’ head coach Brian Schmetzer could be heard yelling at his players in frustration as they struggled to figure out the Rapids.
The Sounders would eventually find their feet around the 20-minute mark, and Fredy Montero would find the back of the net, with William Yarbrough in no man’s land, but he was adjudged to have been half a step offside.
A first half devoid of too many clear-cut chances, it was the visitors who had the best of them with the home side failing to have a shot on goal in the opening 45. The Rapids' only attempt on target throughout 90 would be Badji's header, but it was not enough for the win which would have secured a place in the playoffs.
The Rapids remain at home for their next game, against fourth-placed Portland Timbers this Saturday. Coverage on Altitude from 6.30pm.
Rapids: William Yarbrough; Keegan Rosenberry (Lucas Esteves 68’), Auston Trusty, Danny Wilson, Kellyn Acosta; Mark-Anthony Kaye (Nicolas Mezquida 88’), Jack Price, Andre Shinyashiki (Cole Bassett 68’); Jonathan Lewis (Braian Galvan 86’), Dominique Badji, Younes Namli, Michael Barrios. Subs not used: Clint Irwin, Drew Moor, Lalas Abubakar, Collen Warner, Steven Beitashour.
Sounders: Stefan Frei; Alex Roldan, Yeimar, Xavier Arreaga, Nouhou Tolo, Jimmy Medranda (Leo Chu 75’); Joao Paulo, Josh Atencio (Kelyn Rowe 69’), Cristian Roldan, Nicolas Benezet (Will Bruin 69’); Fredy Montero (Shane O’Neill 83’). Subs not used: Spencer Richey, Abdoulaye Cissoko, Danny Leyva, Ethan Dobbelaere.
Referee: Drew Fischer Assistant referees: Frank Anderson and Jeremy Hanson 4th Official: Matthew Corrigan VAR: Jair Marrufo. AVAR: Fabio Tovar