In looking back at 2013, we polled the ColoradoRapids.com staff and asked them to pick their top five Colorado soccer moments of the year. #5 - Awards and Recognition; #4 - Victory in Montreal.
The anticipation for the match had been building. The Western Conference standings had been getting tighter for weeks, with San Jose and Vancouver putting pressure on the Rapids from the lower half of the standings, and Seattle, Salt Lake, LA and Portland keeping pace at the top. Especially coming off a 1-0 loss in Portland the week before, Colorado needed a result against the Sounders on October 5, in a match that would have a live national broadcast.
Head Coach Oscar Pareja knew the game's importance. He had told the team that this match was important beyond just the standings, that it was a way to make MLS take notice of the Rapids, that they could make a "statement" in front of a big audience. He and his staff even prepared a special video to play for the team before the match in the locker room to inspire and motivate. He predicted an early goal.
Deshorn Brown made sure he was right. Off the kickoff, the Rapids threw numbers forward, and Brown knocked down a long ball to the feet of Gaby Torres. Torres played Brown into space, and the rookie striker finished past Seattle keeper Michael Gspurning. The clock showed that 15 seconds had gone by - it was (at that time) the second-fastest goal in MLS history.
The Rapids didn't slow down after the goal. After 10 minutes, Colorado won a corner, and quick thinking by Vicente Sanchez and Dillon Powers saw the two connect for a Powers header to make it 2-0. Brown got his second goal with a half hour gone, taking a Powers pass and out-muscling DeAndre Yedlin to get another breakaway. The captain, Drew Moor, added insult to injury by knocking in another corner kick just before halftime. 4-0 at the break.
The second half calmed down, with each team trading a goal. Eddie Johnson tried to taunt the Rapids fans after scoring to make the game 4-1 in the 63rd minute, but the supporters laughed off his attempt and pointed to the scoreboard. Colorado put an exclamation point on the game when Designated Player Gaby Torres scored his first MLS goal after the 90th minute. The rout was complete: 5-1. A match for the history books.