Commerce City – Coming out of a four-straight draw in which they scored just four goals, the Colorado Rapids needed a boost of confidence.
With the last-place team in the Western Conference in town, he got exactly what the doctor ordered.
Jonathan Lewis, Nico Mezquida and Auston Trustee all scored as the Rapids won 3–0.
“I think it was a big game for us,” said William Yarbrough. “We had come out of two home draws and we knew we needed to do something different. We needed to change gears and try to get a good result at home with our fans and find ourselves in league one.” Had to put it in good place and I think today, we saw that. Everyone was mentally locked up.”
The Burgundy Boys scored three goals in a match for the first time since August 14, when they beat Houston Dynamo 3–1.
Head coach Robin Fraser said, “To win and to get back that winning spirit and feel that you really spent yourself and you played at the proper pace and you pushed yourself.” “To do all that it takes to win, I think, can only strengthen the team’s confidence and, and self-confidence.”
Captain Jack Price has been producing throughout the season and he showed why he has been one of the Rapids’ most consistent players on Wednesday nights. He finished with two assists in a night where he was once again on full pitch.
“Everyone sees the assistants who are fantastic and their set piece delivery is literally second to none,” Fraser said. “But the things you don’t talk about are the selfless moments where he runs to cover or defend or run through the land beyond the defenders because that’s what it’s supposed to do. Or sometimes He will take the ball in very difficult places with a lot of people around him and because of his awareness he is able to find the right path not only to get us out of him but to actually launch the attack. There’s a lot that makes him a great player.”
The Rapids picked up their 11th clean sheet of the season, tied for the first time in the MLS and lead the Western Conference. The goalkeeper, Yarbrough, has started every game for the Rapids and has been a stronghold for them between the pipes, but believes the clean sheet has been a team effort.
“It’s not just the defense getting the clean sheet, it’s the job of the whole team,” Yarbrough said. “Attention to detail and training sessions and 90 minutes of playtime everyone works. It starts from the front for the keeper and I think it just shows the chemistry of this team and we have an understanding of what Robin asks of us. “
A new club record for the most by an individual keeper in 11 clean sheet seasons. Yarbrough went down in the second half with a knee injury – a scary moment for the club and its fans – and was able to end the game.
“I’m doing fine,” said Yarbrough. “My knee is a little swollen and feeling tight but I wanted to stay on the field and help my teammates get this win.”
Not only did the Rapids need a win, but they needed to see some goals in the back of the net to gain confidence as they tour the Seattle Sounders in first place over the weekend. They are currently three points behind the Sounders with the same amount of games played.
It’s a long task for a team in one of the toughest places to play in MLS, but if the Rapids find a way to squeeze three points they could find themselves in the Western Conference standings by Sunday.