The Colorado Rapids had their championship aspirations squashed Nov. 27 when they lost in the final leg of the Western Conference finals. The Rapids’ season came to an end after their 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Sounders at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
The Sounders won the first game of the two game series in Seattle 2-1, and secured the 3-1 aggregate victory with their 1-0 win. The Sounders will represent the Western Conference in the Major League Soccer Cup finals. The loss comes on the heels of the best regular season in Rapids club history. A trio of new arrivals, led by the legendary American goalkeeper Tim Howard, propelled the team to a level of success that Rapids fans had never seen before. Howard, along with the Swiss-born Algerian international Shkelzen Gashi and German-born American international Jermaine Jones steered the Rapids to a second-place finish in the Western Conference.
The Rapids best finish previous to this year was third-place, something they’ve done five times. The game itself was forgettable for the Rapids. They set an MLS record for shooting and missing. The Rapids’ attempted 16 shots without putting one on net which puts them in sole possession of the record for worst shooting performance, whether in a playoff game or regular season game.
On the other hand, the Sounders only had five total shots, three of which were on goal, and one that made it past the goalkeeper. American rookie sensation Jordan Morris had the goal for the Sounders in the 56th minute. What’s next for the Rapids is yet to be determined. Five of the team’s 11 starters from the game, including Jones, have contracts that are set to expire on Dec. 31. 37-year-old Howard is the third oldest player in the MLS and the oldest goalkeeper to play this year. He has a contract that keeps him with the Rapids for the next three years