That HurtBy: Brad | August 25th, 2009
Fire 3, Rapids 2
It’s not just a loss, it’s foreshadowing. Up until now, the Rapids had shown real potential. They were in a great position to finish in the top two in the West, the top four overall, and qualify for next season’s SuperLiga. I know SuperLiga ain’t the most prestigious tournament, but with the history of this club, it would’ve been a step up. And anything that brings more Rapids matches is good with me. No, this was an omen. Up 2-0 with 20 to play, just needing to kill the clock, they couldn’t hold it. They had been off for two weeks, playing against a tired Fire team, and they couldn’t hold it. Knowing that a win would put them in fifth, with matches in hand over the teams in 2-4, the couldn’t hold it. It doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season.
This was a huge chance. Two weeks ago, after a strong win over Chivas, they were sitting in fifth, with upcoming matches against two clubs ahead of them. The opportunity was there.
Given their history, it’s not really surprising, but it still hurts. Losing 5-0 hurts. Losing 3-2 by conceding three late goals hurts more.
Next up – home for the West-leading Dynamo on Sunday. Season on the line.