Rocky Mountain Cup Leg 1 Recap
In the first leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup Saturday the Colorado Rapids lost 2-0 to Real Salt Lake, with goals coming in the 20th minute (Saborio) and in the 57th minute (Espindola). The game was fairly entertaining from start to finish, towards the end of the match some physical play had begun to develop between several players. In the last twenty minutes alone 4 yellow cards were handed out, and the final total fouls in the game were 21 (14 – RSL, 7 – COL). The possession battle was clearly one sided in the first half with Real Salt Lake holding almost a 70% advantage over the Rapids, the end possession stats show though that in the second half the Rapids controlled play. If I had to give a Man of the Match performance I would give it to Fabian Espindola. All night he was burning Colorado’s defense, creating many opportunities for RSL.
The one guy who didn’t play so well was Omar Cummings. I hate to criticize a player who I personally like and have talked to on several occasions. But it is so frustrating to see him lost and playing with no heart (at least in my opinion) the entire match. Hopefully he gets out of this really bad 18 month form, and becomes the player he was in 2010. Obviously getting Conor Casey back will help, as both of them tear it up together.
The Colorado supporters combined drew almost 75 people to Rio Tinto Stadium, being vocal the entire game and drawing some heckles from the crowd below. From the stadium several banners were displayed including the large Pid Army one (a supporters group who is part of our allies list) and a gay pride flag. Several shots of the flag were seen on TV, even prompting a Facebook message “Awesome PRIDE flag in Colorado Supporters section, WAY TO REPRESENT!” Getting such a positive reaction from RSL fans and Colorado fans truly show that the game and society is making progress on all fronts. Lookfor the PRIDE flag more often in the Supporters Terrace inside Dicks Sporting Goods Park.
On another note, this was also my boyfriend’s first ever experience with the Rocky Mountain Cup Rivalry outside of Colorado. He enjoyed the match and thought it was very entertaining. He said he would go again, but not drive the 8 hours it took us to get there-and I must say I don’t blame him.
Even though the Rapids lost, the trip to Salt Lake is always a blast. Thank you to all the Colorado supporters who made the trip, the Real Salt Lake fans who hosted some of us supporters and Sebastian Velasquez for taking a photo with me. I can’t wait until July for the 2nd leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup.