Colorado Rapids’ season ends in Western Conference Championship with loss to Seattle

The Seattle Sounders defeated the Rapids 1-0 on Sunday, winning the series on aggregate 3-1 and ending the Rapids’ season one game short of the MLS Cup.

Colorado Rapids during game against FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, July 23, 2016. Rapids took the lead in the first half, and lost the lead when DC Dallas scored in the second half and the game ended in a tie 1-1. (Jessica Taves/For Denverite)jessica taves; denverite; colorado rapids; fc dallas; sports; soccer; colorado; denver;
Colorado Rapids during game against FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, July 23, 2016. Rapids took the lead in the first half, and lost the lead when DC Dallas scored in the second half and the game ended in a tie 1-1. (Jessica Taves/For Denverite) jessica taves; denverite; colorado rapids; fc dallas; sports; soccer; colorado; denver;
The Colorado Rapids’ season is over. (Jessica Taves/For Denverite)

The Colorado Rapids played 18 games this season at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park entering the final leg of their Western Conference Championship showdown against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday. They didn’t lose a single one of those contests, going 12-0-6.

In game No. 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, however, the Colorado Rapids finally dropped one. The Seattle Sounders defeated the Rapids 1-0 on Sunday, winning the series on aggregate 3-1 and ending the Rapids’ season one game short of the MLS Cup.

Jordan Morris scored the lone goal of the game in the 56th minute. He poked the ball over a diving Zac MacMath.

It was one of Seattle’s five shots all game, and one of only three on goal. It was enough to send the Sounders into the MLS Cup.

For Colorado, the lack of offensive firepower that sometimes plagued it during the regular season was its undoing. Yes, the Rapids outshot the Sounders 16 to 5, and they won the possession battle by holding the ball 64.4 percent of the time. But all that resulted in were half chances.

Colorado didn’t muster a single shot on target.

The Rapids leaned heavily on their MLS-best defense throughout the year. The unit allowed 39 goals in 34 regular season games. In the two legs of the Western Conference Championship against Seattle, Colorado allowed three goals.

It was just too much to overcome in the end. The Rapids needed goals — plural — after Morris scored in the 56th minute. That was never going to happen.

 

 

 

Christian Clark

Author: Christian Clark

Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food.