Jun 9, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Dynamo defender Leonardo (22) and Colorado Rapids forward Yannick Boli (9) attempt to control the ball during the first half at BBVA Compass Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
A first-half goal from Dynamo midfielder Tomas Martinez in the 30th minute opened the scoring and a penalty from Mauro Manotas six minutes later opened up a 2-0 Houston lead against a bunkering Colorado as the Houston Dynamo defeated the Colorado Rapids at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.
Here are three takeaways from Houston’s 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids:
Historic lows now approaching league marks
As outlined last week following Colorado’s 2-1 loss to Vancouver, the Colorado Rapids’ winless streak is a historic one in terms of club record lows. It became official on Saturday as the Rapids reached an eight-game winless streak in league play – a club record.
With its latest loss, Colorado’s points per game total now stands at 0.62, still placing the team in danger of breaking the mark for worst ever campaign points total in club history (29) and the worst total in the post-MLS shootout era (33).
Colorado’s current eight-game winless streak places them in a fourth-place tie for longest all-time losing streaks in MLS (New England, 2014).
These totals would also place Colorado among the top 10 worst teams in MLS history.
The positive? Colorado has an opportunity to avoid a club record winless streak (14) if it secures a win within the next five games.
Offense a legitimate problem for Colorado
Despite having not won a game for eight straight entering Saturday’s match with Houston, Anthony Hudson’s side could hang its hat on the fact that the team did show signs of an improved offense this season. Colorado had only been shutout in four games prior to Saturday – including one against RSL where Tim Howard was sent off, but the team held on for 80 minutes before conceding.
But in Saturday night’s match, Colorado was truly dominated, managing just two shots (one on target) in the 90 minutes. Including U.S. Open Cup play, it marked the second-straight shutout for Colorado, which has only managed a single shot on-target in over 180 minutes of play.
With top scorer Dominique Badji sidelined by suspension (yellow card accumulation), the frustration boiled over for lone striker Yannick Boli, who was sent off with a first half red card.
Badji will return Wednesday for Colorado’s home match against Chicago, but the Rapids need to find production from other sources.
Hairston an important cog
For all the futility present during Colorado’s eight games winless in league play, Rapids fans have a glimmer of hope in seeing top choice right wingback return to action in MLS play. Hairston managed 79 minutes of action before being subbed off in favor of Jack McBean, but racked up five recoveries, two defensive clearances and a block of DeMarcus Beasley’s shot in the 68th minute.
“I feel pretty good coming back, just trying to get as fit as possible,” Hairston said of his ongoing return from a knee injury. “Fitness is definitely an important piece to playing the way the coaching staff wants us to play, but I can’t say I played well with the team. I try to do whatever I can to push the team forward.”
On the loss, Hairston said, “I think this is a game I have to correct and help out the team as we move forward.”