How has Colorado been so far this season?
The Rapids won their first match over the New England Revolution, 1-0 in what was a sluggish but efficient victory. Colorado traveled to New York where they lost to the Red Bulls on an own goal from Eric Miller.
In other words, the new season looks a lot like the old season: the Rapids are nearly impossible to breakdown, and are a defend-first team. But they have a hard time scoring. In addition, last week they last Defender of the Year Finalist Axel Sjoberg to a hamstring injury for the next 6 to 8 weeks. Colorado has a deep bench of center backs, but Sjoberg is a pretty special player and cannot truly be replaced.
Will they improve on last season's finish?
Colorado finished second in the Supporters Shield race in 2016, and went all the way to the Western Conference final against Seattle, and all of that was a pretty big surprise for a team that most pundits picked to finished out of the playoffs. A repeat performance of a top-3 conference finish, an appearance in MLS Cup, or a trophy of some kind would be fantastic.
But considering the consistently tight 1-0 matches the Rapids regularly participate in, that feels unlikely. Last year we were on the right side of a lot of 1-0 matches, but the pendulum could just as easily swing back the other way. Most Rapids fans would be content with a repeat appearance in the playoffs.
What is your impression of MNUFC so far?
Uh, bad? A lot of my friends think even an anemic offense like Colorado can hang three or more goals on MNUFC.
The backline needs to sort itself out quickly. That said, there’s no doubt that Kevin Molino and Cristian Ramirez are talented players and can make some magic if given the chance.