Fire, Rapids battle to scoreless draw

Fire, Rapids battle to scoreless draw
June 4, 2014, 11:15 pm
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An interesting lineup to say the least. Colorado would begin the night without forward Deshorn Brown, and without their controlling midfielder Dillon Powers. Also, making his Rapids debut was John Neeskens. Clint Irwin also sat while rookie John Berner makes the start in net.

The Fire started their best lineup outside of missing Mike Magee, Patrick Nyarko, and Alex. Chicago obviously planned on taking the match at their own pace controlling the secondary players from Colorado.

Other than a yellow card to Benji Joya, the first twenty minutes of the match were uneventful. Scoring chances were at a minimum, even off of corners. It was a slower start than Colorado had been accustomed to, though it was playing right into Chicago's hands who surely wanted to keep the Rapids' attack in check.

As the match went on, it evolved into a "corner-fest" for Colorado, though through the first half, they weren't able to divulge much out of it leaving the score at 0-0 going into half time. Charles Eloundou and Neeskens impressed in their starting debuts. Chances came and went for both teams, though the Rapids seemed to control the latter half of the first.

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When the second half had begun the sloppy woes for both teams ensued, carrying over from the first half. Not many chances, numerous turnovers, and a lack of box play for both teams. It was almost as if each team was passing the ball to each other rather than teammates.

The first chance of the half came after Brown subbed on in the 59' for Danny Mwanga and took a drive into the box, shooting at near post. Chicago's Sean Johnson did well to close that one down not leaving much of a window for Brown to strike.

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And finally, a legitimate chance came for Chicago in the 76th minute. A deep ball that got past the Colorado defense and a one-touch header from Juan Luis Anangono went just wide of the net as a scampering JBerner would have never had a chance to get himself in front of the ball. From there, the match picked up. Colorado drove forward creating several corners for themselves. A near header off of a Marc Burch cross was nearly knocked into the upper shelf of the net by Moor.

Almost as if both teams were wearing the same color kits, Colorado and Chicago exchanged possession, one after another each team gave the ball away. It seemed inevitable that this match would end in a 0-0 draw. Its a credit to both team's defensive play, shutting each other down at every turn. Even with aggressive subs, it seemed as though a draw was meant to be. Fate was almost broken in stoppage time as Dillon Serna, in the closing seconds of the match chipped one passed Johnson nailing the post. The whistle sounded shortly after, ending the match in a scoreless draw.