In dodgy weather conditions in Commerce City, the Caps squeaked out a road point behind goals from Tony Tchani and Fredy Montero. Read on to see how the grades from this up-and-down match.
David Ousted: B+
Came up big shortly after halftime to deny Kevin Doyle and preserve the 1-1 scoreline. Got called upon a few times and it is hard to blame the Great Dane on either of Colorado’s goals.
Sheanon Williams: C-
Was caught out of position and was forced to concede a nasty little foul, which then resulted in the Rapids’ first goal. Also should have done better to clear the ensuing free kick, which Axel Sjoberg eventually slotted away. Did the dirty work, though, winning numerous free kicks for the Caps but overall it was not one to remember for Williams.
Andrew Jacobson: C
Almost was responsible for a Colorado goal after a needless foul on Dominique Badji and then totally lost Kevin Doyle on the ensuing free kick but Ousted bailed him out. Probably could have done better when Doyle did strike minutes later but hunkered down and looked better for the rest of the second half. Goes without saying but it would’ve been better to have Waston here.
Tim Parker: C
An up and down game for Parker, who flashed signs that he has finally arrived on the cusp of being an elite MLS defender before turning around and reverting back to the ball watching centerback you may remember from the Fire match weeks ago. Got caught out of position, along with the rest of the backline, on Doyle’s goal.
Jordan Harvey: C+
In my notes on the match, I didn’t mention Harvey once. Given the quality of the Whitecaps’ defense at times, this could be considered a blessing. Also swung in a dangerous cross which led to Tchani’s opener. Could have done better overall, however.
Matias Laba: A-
Showcased his trademark physicality time and time again throughout the match, flashing his vintage bulldog reputation with crunching (yet fair tackles). Lest we forget, it was his perfectly timed challenge that led to the free kick which secured a point for Vancouver. I thought it was generally a strong performance for Laba.
Tony Tchani: A-
Certainly can be considered fortunate on his goal but also it was an example of Tchani finding himself in the right place at the right time, something which characterized his night. Was more adept than usual in passing and Robbo was right in the post match when he said Tchani is improving with each game. Like it or not, he appears here to stay.
Bernie Ibini: B-
It was not Ibini’s most impactful night but I’m continually impressed by his work rate and pressing abilities. Even when he’s not scoring goals, Ibini is still working hard, winning fouls and forcing turnovers. I’d like to have seen him more engaged in the attacking play, however.
Yordy Reyna: C+
I agree with our post-match reporter Ian that Reyna often goes for the flare when it might not be warranted and this zeal resulted in a few turnovers and missed chances. Still flashed his pace and dribbling abilities but made less of an impact than I hoped he would.
Christian Bolanos: C
Capable in passing duties but his set piece delivery left a bit to be desired. Came off for Techera in the 64th minute and I felt the tone of the Whitecaps attack instantly changed for the positive. Overall, a quiet match for the Costa Rican.
Fredy Montero: B
Could have and probably should have leveled things in the 72nd minute off a gem of a cross from Techera but was denied by the post. While Montero was hot and cold again after a much better performance in Dallas, he did manage to secure the equalizer and I was again impressed with his hold up play, as he held up own against the Rapids’ much larger defenders. Just wish he could have managed to secure his second straight brace.
Christian Techera: A
Immediately bolstered the Caps’ play upon entering the match in the 64th minute and one has to wonder if three points would have been going back to Vancouver if The Bug had started. Regardless, his crossing was superb and his assist on the equalizer well earned. A good showing for Techera.
Brek Shea: B-
Thought he had scored the equalizer shortly after coming on but was correctly adjudged to have been offside. Even though he can’t cross worth a damn, it was still a productive stint for Shea and his physicality was needed in that sort of a game.
Erik Hurtado: N/A
Came on too late to get a rating and if even he did Hurtado would have gotten docked points for coming on instead of Mezquida and denying me the opportunity to see Nico’s glorious man bun.
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