Final: Sporting Kansas City: 3 | Colorado Rapids 1
The Colorado Rapids’ (5-3-1, 16 points) two-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night with a 3-1 loss against Sporting Kansas City (6-2-2, 20 points) at Children’s Mercy Park. Daniel Salloi scored twice for Sporting in the first half before Felipe Hernandez made it 3-0 in the 64th minute. Colorado pulled one back when Keegan Rosenberry put away Lalas Abubakar’s header off the crossbar. Andre Shinyashiki appeared to pull the Rapids within one but his goal was disallowed for offside. The Rapids will look to remain among the top spots in the Western Conference as they host Seattle Sounders FC on the Fourth of July for their next match.
HEAD COACH ROBIN FRASER
On the team’s performance:
“When you play against good teams you can’t make mistakes and they’re obviously a good team and they played well. My message to the group is we just need to be more clinical—in front of our goal, in front of their goal—but certainly proud of their effort, never quitting. But at the end of the day, we made too many mistakes in a game of this magnitude.”
MIDFIELDER COLE BASSETT
On the match:
“For us, this is a tough one to swallow. Definitely a benchmark game for us in regards to this has been one of the best teams in the league over the last ten or so years and they’re consistently at the top, especially at home. They’re a good team and I think for us, this was a chance to go out and prove ourselves that we’re at the top of the West, and we have stuff to work on still. I think we all know that we have to take responsibility for this loss, but the good thing is that we’ve got another test at home versus the top team in the league right now, Seattle, so honestly that can’t come soon enough. We’ve got to learn from this. We had little lapses of concentration that killed us in crucial moments and those kinds of teams punish you. Maybe last week we don’t get punished versus a team that’s a little bit further down the table, but this week we do, so I think we’ve got to learn from it and then work hard at this next week of training and get ready for Seattle.”
The Rapids have the weekend off before facing the top of the West in Seattle Sounders FC on July 4 at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park.