Three Houston Dynamo goals in the first half, including two own goals – all propelled by Alberth Elis passing – gave the visitors an early 3-0 lead over the Colorado Rapids Saturday night. Elis bagged one of his own to open the second half and extend the lead to 4-0 before Kei Kamara pulled one back in a 4-1 loss for the Rapids at home.
Here are three takeaways from the Colorado Rapids’ 4-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo:
Left on an island
Dillon Serna had a bright start to the 2019 season, embracing and solidifying the left back role for Colorado. But following an average performance in last week’s 2-1 loss at FC Dallas, the 25-year-old seemed to regress further, unable to hand the larger, more physical Elis.
It prompted Rapids head coach Anthony Hudson to pull Serna from the match in the 57th minute, opting for Kellyn Acosta.
Time will tell whether the move will be long term for Colorado, but Hudson saw improvement with Acosta in that role Saturday.
“Kellyn did well. His first couple of defensive situations he had to deal with, I think he dealt with well,” Hudson said postgame. “It’s obviously a position he’s played in the past. He hasn’t played there for a while, but we know the qualities that he has. He’s just an athlete and he can get up and down the line, and he’s very good in wide areas, and we know at that stage in the game he would give us a threat going forward. I thought he did well. I thought he was very positive. I thought he was bright.”
Lost in an embarrassing home loss for Colorado was a big individual achievement for Colorado Rapids striker Kei Kamara. With his converted penalty kick in the 81st minute, Kamara moved into a tie with Ante Razov for fifth all-time in number of MLS goals scored (114).
Perhaps more impressive about Kamara’s number is that he’s continued to produce in stops at eight different MLS teams, with a short stint in Europe sandwiched in-between.
“It’s an unbelievable achievement,” Hudson said of Kamara’s accomplishment. “We’re incredibly pleased and proud for him. But he’s more disappointed in the performance, which tells what type of person he is. We need to keep getting him into position to score so I was pleased he got a goal tonight.”
A House Doesn’t Make a Home
The Rapids’ home form has been abysmal thus far to open the season, with just two points from three home matches. In a league where travel and away games can be brutal, it’s critical for any MLS team with playoff aspirations to win home games. The Rapids just aren’t doing that.
Colorado could try to recoup points on the road, but that’s a tall order as well given the Rapids only earned seven points from road games last season
Adding to their woes is that in each of those three home matches, Colorado has gone down a man with a red card.
The 4-1 loss was Colorado’s most embarrassing performance thus far in 2019 and Rapids midfielder Cole Bassett said it best.
“We cannot let a team come into our house and do what [Houston] did today.”