Saturday morning’s match saw the Chicago Fire jump out to an early 1-0 lead on a Nemanja Nikolic goal, but the visiting Colorado Rapids leveled the match with a Kei Kamara header as both teams entered halftime at 1-1. In the second half, the hosts opened the floodgates with three unanswered goals by C.J. Sapong (53’), Djordje Mihailovic (61’) and Aleksandar Katai (80’) to take the win and hand Colorado its fifth-straight loss
Here are three takeaways from Colorado’s 4-1 loss to Chicago Fire:
Disheveled Defense, Part 8
Sequels never prove to be as good as the original. Likewise, Colorado’s defensive performances prove to be seemingly worse with each rendition.
Colorado has now lost five in a row, conceding three goals in four-straight and four goals in four of the five losses.
Rapids midfielder Benny Feilhaber summed it up best.
“It’s not a secret, everybody in MLS knows we have been gouged,” Feilhaber said postgame. “What is it now, 14 goals in four games, is that right? Four, three, four, four? Or four, three, four, three? Something like that? — whatever it is, I think it’s 14 goals in four games. If you’re giving up 3.5 goals a game, you’re going to win literally no games. Until we figure that out, there is not much to talk about.”
Price proves costly
Colorado’s defensive problems won’t get much help from a midfield standpoint with the absence of the team’s primary holding midfielder Jack Price, who will miss next week’s match against Atlanta United following a sending off late in the game against Chicago.
Jack Price has been sent off for this challenge, Colorado are down to 10 men
— HotSpot Soccer (@HotSpotSoccer) April 20, 2019
At his best, Price is a chippy and dogged presence in the midfielder. But at his worst, he’s a disciplinary liability as evidenced by having the second-most yellow cards in the league last season (10).
Next week’s match between Colorado and Atlanta United will be a match between two head coaches under fire from their respective fanbases in Hudson and Frank De Boer.
Colorado’s fanbase has been thus far unimpressed by Hudson, who holds a paltry 0.297 winning percentage in 42 MLS regular season matches at the helm of the Rapids, not including last year’s losses in the U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League.
De Boer has likewise faced criticism as the defending MLS Cup Champions have come off to a slow start in his first year in charge.
Both teams are currently at the bottom of the standings with Colorado sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference and Atlanta United tied for at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table.
Next weekend’s matchup between the sides could be telling not just in regards to the teams’ seasons, but the future of their respective head coaches.