The Colorado Rapids (5-1-2, 16 pts) ran their unbeaten home streak to four games with a wild and wacky 3-1 win over a lackluster performance by the Seattle Sounders (2-4-1, 7 pts) Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids received goals from newly acquired midfielder Jermaine Jones, Luis Solignac and Kevin Doyle while Sounder rookie Jordan Morris scored his second goal is as many games to lead the Sounders.
Jermaine Jones took advantage of an injury plagued Sounders FC team that sleepwalked the first part of the game by heading in a Shkelzen Gashi free kick cross to give the Rapids the 1-0 advantage after twenty minutes of play. The Sounders faced the Rapids without Designated players Clint Dempsey( groin) and Nelson Valdez ( groin). Both players stayed and in Seattle and never made the trip.
Heculez Gomez and Oalex Anderson started for the missing players. While the two deputants were able to connect on a cross by Anderson that resulted in a decent shot by Gomez in the 31st minute, the Sounders were unable to create any type substantive threat for the last part of the first half and the first part of the second.
As had been the case in the first half, the Rapids took advantage of lethargic play by the visitors and increased the margin to 2-0 in the 51st minute when Luis Solignac slotted home a point blank sitter that was fed to him by Dominique Badji, after Badji had beaten a clumsy offside trap by the Seattle defense on the left flank.
With the Rapids looking like they had every intention of kicking the Sounders tail up and down the field, the Rave Green found some resemblance of professional pride and narrowed the deficit to 2-1 in the 63rd minute on a juke and shot by Jordan Morris.
The rookie sensations wonder goal gave the Sounders hope and Stefan Frei’s 68th minute penalty kick save of a weak Shkelzen Gashi shot had the visitors believing they could return to the Emerald City with a point.
But as has been the case more often than not this season, the Sounders were unable to muster any type of offensive threat in the last 15 minutes of the game and the home side made them pay dearly when Doyle iced the game in the 86th minute with a left footed toe pick that beat Seattle keeper Stefan Frei.
Seattle Captain Brad Evans vehemently argued that Doyle was offside and received a red card for his protest and the visitors finished the game with 10 men. For Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid the performance by his team was one of the worst this season.
“Just not a good day for us, I thought for us we did not play well at all and it was our worst game of the season, we had no leadership on the field, I expect more and they should expect more of each other, ” Schmid told Sounders FC.com after the game.
The Sounders return to action at home against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, April 30.