Editorial (May 11, 2017) – The Colorado Rapids are on the struggle bus. They’ve lost five games in a row. They haven’t won a match since the opening weekend of the season. And they just lost a rather uninspiring game last weekend to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Here are four fixes that will help the Colorado Rapids fix this slump.
Four Things That Can Help The Colorado Rapids Fix Themselves
For the purpose of reality, I’m going to focus on changes that can be made at present. The transfer window closed on Monday, so trades, selling a player, and buying Cristiano Ronaldo.
1. A Consistent Defensive Lineup And Axel Sjöberg’s Health:
The Rapids have had a rotating cast at the back through this losing streak. Axel Sjöberg has been hurt. Kortne Ford, Jared Watts, Tim Howard, and now Mekeil Williams have been suspended. That would be a tough test for any MLS team, especially if defense is their biggest strength.
Pending any suspensions from this weekend’s match, the Rapids should be over having defenders suspended. Sjöberg, the team’s best defender, is back in training this week. He’s probably still a few weeks out. Once the defense is whole, the Rapids will be in much better shape to get results.
2. Offensive Efforts From Shkelzen Gashi And Kevin Doyle:
Based on last season, Shkelzen Gashi was one of the most dynamic offensive weapons the Rapids have had. Gashi hasn’t been healthy in 2017, but went 90 minutes lat weekend. Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni said it was his best performance with the club. The Rapids need his creativity if they are going to score goals.
On the other side, Kevin Doyle has had a mixed season. By his salary, he’s one of the less valuable goal scorers on the team. He hasn’t gotten enough chances this year and he hasn’t done enough with the ones he has gotten. The Rapids need to get him more touches and chances inside the 18.
3. Give Dillon Serna A Start:
Mastroeni hinted after last game that there could be some changes in the lineup. The one offensive player with a slighting different skill set who hasn’t gotten a chance to start has been Homegrown Dillon Serna. He is coming off a significant injury from 2016. But if Mastroeni believes in his #NextManUp, he’s going to shake things up. Serna can’t make the offense any more of a mess than it already is.
4. At The End Of The Day, Someone Has To Bury Their Chance:
This might be extremely obvious, but the Rapids just need someone to score. The players and coaching staff have been saying for weeks that they just need one goal, then the pressure will release, and more will come easily. We saw what this team was able to do last year, creating a few chances and being ruthless in front of goal. They need to find that ruthlessness again. Once one player finds it, it might become much easier for the next, and the next, and so on.