MLS Regular Season
But for one momentary lapse at a set-piece, the Colorado Rapids would have returned from league-leading Seattle Sounders with a well-fought point, thereby ending the run of defeats and avoiding a club record-equaling sixth loss in a row.
One split-second switch-off proved costly, and was all the Sounders needed to send the Rapids home with nothing to show for their toil.
Pablo Mastroeni - Colorado Rapids Head Coach
On why he chose Nasco over Irwin:
Really it was just to give Irwin a break. I think anytime you are conceding that many goals as a team, it plays on a player's psyche - much like a forward that just can't find the back of the net after so many games. It was a good opportunity to give Nasco some time.
SEATTLE -- For the Seattle Sounders, one was enough on Saturday afternoon, as they condemned the Colorado Rapids to a club record-equaling sixth defeat in row.
Clint Dempsey tallied a highlight-reel 52nd-minute goal off a Marco Pappa corner kick and the Seattle defense took care of the rest, paving the way for a 1-0 victory over the Rapids at CenturyLink Field.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC vs COLORADO RAPIDS
CENTURYLINK FIELD, Seattle, Wash.
Aug. 30, 2014 (WEEK 25, MLS Game #235)
2 p.m. MT (Altitude)
There's a new feel to the Rapids Podcast, following the departure of previous co-host David Lindholm, as Conor McGahey joins Richard Fleming to bring you news and views from inside Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Colorado Rapids are in the final stages of executing a loan agreement, which would send 23-year-old striker Danny Mwanga to New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL).
The loan spell would be until the end of the NASL season, though the Rapids could recall Mwanga at any time up to the roster freeze on September 15.
Without a MLS match since suffering a fifth straight loss to LA Galaxy last Wednesday, the Colorado Rapids were forced to sit back and watch events unfold this weekend as Western Conference rivals played their games in hand.
Vancouver Whitecaps were three points and two places ahead of the Rapids heading into the weekend, with two games in hand. Portland Timbers were one place and one point clear of the Rapids, having played one game less.
Mixed news emerged from Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, as the players returned to training after Wednesday's 4-3 home defeat to the LA Galaxy.
"We need to play with two goalies, and make the goals smaller," joked Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni, when asked how his side halts the flow of goals in the wake of the 4-3 home loss to the LA Galaxy on Wednesday night. (The Rapids have given up 15 goals in their five successive defeats).