What, did they build DSG Park on ancient burial grounds or something? Because the Colorado Rapids cannot catch a break right now.
Oscar Pareja’s team left a pretty fair account on the field last week, as his reconstructed roster – a little more technical know-how, a little less ball-winning force, all the better for the way this regime wants to play – pressed Dallas in a 1-0 loss in Texas.
That was especially encouraging considering two of the Rapids most important attackers, Martin Rivero and Jaime Castrillon, are injured and nowhere close to getting back on the field.
But the Rapids are now back in friendlier Colorado for their own home opener, about to face a young Philadelphia team … and now this!
A late-winter storm is bearing down on the Rockies, and things could get seriously ugly. The word “Blizzard” is being thrown around – and those are hardly the best conditions for the shorter-passing game Colorado would prefer to play.
Pareja, for his part, does seem unfazed:
We’re in Colorado. That’s the nature of our weather, and we deal with it.”
Selfishly, I have to say, the thought of breaking out the orange soccer balls always adds a little pep in my soccer step. Of course, I’m not one of the poor souls with tickets, about to go sit out in the white, fluffy stuff.
They are talking about a foot of snow, by the way. A foot!