Apr 7, 2018; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas goalie Jimmy Maurer (14) makes a save against Colorado Rapids Joe Mason (10) in the first half at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
After Joe Mason’s goal gave Colorado a 1-0 lead over FC Dallas in the 62nd minute, the Rapids conceded a late goal in the 89th minute to Cristian Colmán and left Dallas with a point following Saturday night’s 1-1 draw.
It marked the first road point of the season for Anthony Hudson’s men, but the team will hope to fix some lingering issues (and get healthier) as they prepare for a return home to face Toronto FC next Saturday afternoon.
Here are three things we learned from Colorado’s draw with FC Dallas:
Late game lapses still hurting Colorado
All of Colorado’s four goals conceded this season have come in the second half.
Colorado appeared to have exorcised these demons last week in the team’s first shutout of the season, a 3-0 win against Philadelphia, but Saturday’s late goal by Dallas also marked the third goal that Colorado has conceded after the 85th minute, resulting in points dropped.
Had these late game lapses not occurred for Colorado in the team’s first four games, the Rapids could currently be sitting on 10 points and a share of the top spot in the West.
The good news? Both Hudson and his men remain focused on self-evaluation and growth as the team continues to adjust to the lingering newness of Hudson’s system and a rebuilt roster.
“The fact that we’re in the dressing room gutted means that we’ve done well and we think we should have gotten more out of the game,” said Hudson. “But it is a massive point on the road.”
Added Rapids defender Axel Sjoberg, “Obviously, we are disappointed to let in a late goal, but overall I think we’re pleased with the performance and we’re taking a point home.”
Badji and Mason still getting it done
In four games played to start 2018, Colorado has scored seven goals. It’s not lighting the league on fire, but it’s a total that’s respectably better than 10 MLS clubs. It’s also a vast improvement over 2017, when it took Colorado nine matches to reach the same total.
Rapids forwards Joe Mason and Dominique Badji have been at the center of it all, accounting for six of those goals, or 86 percent of the team’s attacking output thus far.
The pair got it done again on Saturday against Dallas, with Badji assisting Mason on the opening goal.
Said Mason, “That play is something we’ve worked on in training and it’s not come off too many times in the actual game, but today we managed to get a goal out of it.”
Disappointing yet positive result
While FC Dallas sits at seventh in the Western Conference standings following Saturday night’s draw against Colorado, the Hoops have arguably shown themselves to be a quality side in the young season as the only Western Conference team yet to suffer a loss in 2018.
It was a notion alluded to by Hudson in his post-game press conference.
“It’s important because leading into this game, and probably most games we’ve played, most people seem to write our team off,” said the Rapids head coach. “I think all of the lead up to this game was the same, it was all about how many Dallas were going to score and all about Dallas. What we’re quietly doing is show we’re a good team, and tonight we put in a very strong performance, which no one expected.”