One last stop on the 4 game (3 MLS + 1 CCL) road trip saw them in Commerce City, CO to take on the Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. We all knew that the lineup we saw tonight would more closely resemble what we saw in Dallas and not the team that traveled to Couva midweek.
With Harvey still out, Marcel deJong got the start at LB with David Edgar slotting in beside Waston and Parker moving to RB. The other newsworthy move: Giles Barnes made his debut with the Caps up front instead of Masato Kudo.
There were a number of half-chances and missed shots, primarly headed in the directions of Ousted's goal, however, the breakthrough came just before the half. Marlon Hairston finished off a cross from Bobby Burling. Parker tried, and missed a slide tackle, giving Burling access to the endline to whip in a low cross to Haiston, who was in the 6 yard box a pretty simple finish. Once again, delayed runs into their own box seems to create problems for the backline. 1-0 Colorado at the break.
Just past the hour mark, and it was again Hairston, this time playing provider as his cross into the box for Dominique Badji to finish, right in front of two Caps defenders. From that point on, the Caps attack seemed more resemblent of Barney (the purple dinosaur) moreso than any potentially menacing animal. For the 2nd time in as many league matches, the Caps fall 2-0 on the road.
They come home, after 3 weeks and 4 games later, to face San Jose, in what will be the Caps first appearance on Unimas Viernes de Futbol or for those in Canada, a different version of Friday Night Football.
In perusing the Twittersphere during the game, as they may have been more excitement there, I've found something rather disturbing. For a fanbase that can't seem to agree on many things, the Caps have become increasing boring and predictable on the road. Yes, I know, MLS teams tend to be more conservative on the road, but it's getting to the point where people may reconsider tuning in to watch. If the Republican Party had a soccer bible, the Caps may be reading too much into it. It hasn't gotten quite that bad yet, but with 1 Cascadia match away from home yet, should they continue to struggle mightily, will they see less fans taking the trip down the I5?
I haven't seen many people bring this up yet, but could this be the beginning of their annual summer/fall slide? I'm hoping not, but the last 3 performances, have me thinking that maybe they should focus on Champions League? Wouldn't that be a novelty?