Quincy Amarikwa rips a shot from outside the box to seal the Rapids victory over the Crew. (photo courtesy of Corbin Elliot Photography)

As you probably have read on multiple websites the Rapids won 2-0 against the Columbus Crew. What you may not have read is how beautiful it was to be back to what feels like home. It was MLS First Kick, a day to come back to the stadium grounds and stare at your favorite players as they warm up.

The day began by seeing the wonderful smile of Drew Moor, and the all so handsome Matt Pickens stop warm up tosses, The game of course had its ups and downs, as both teams shook the rust off from a regular off season. What was the highlight of the match though? Seeing my future husband (my g4s Valentine) score a Goal of the Week nominee blast from just outside the box. What seemed like a play that was developing slowly turned into a wonderful finish, topped with his “Dead Fish” celebration.

Now I personally rate the celebration at a 6 or 7, but the goal… Well I’ve already cast my vote for GOTW and you should too. But is there anything better than seeing your favorite team go out and earn 3 points? Well there is, and this team showed it. They showed flashes of beauty with quick passes and some nice runs that very well could have developed into one or two more goals. Pareja’s style is clearly about attacking evident by his late game substitution of an attacker rather than holding the lead with a defender. I understand it was the first match and the teams played like it. But the Rapids did get 3 points of a possible 102 in the season (hey one can hope you go undefeated-can’t they?) and look to build off their opening day win with a trip to PPL Park.

Hopefully the journey to the east brings back another three points so the club can continue to focus on adjusting to the 4-3-3 lineup, with Hunter Freeman now practicing at 100% and Pablo being cleared from a knock to the head the Rapids look as strong as any Western Conference powerhouse right now. But its still early in the season and some teams can flutter into the summer months. Lets hope the boys stay at full health and continue to develop and adjust to Pareja and his style.