KANSAS CITY KS (From MLS and Rapids Reports) - The challenges keep coming for the Colorado Rapids. And they keep meeting them.
Despite playing their third game in nine days playing without their top three wide midfielders due to injury and playing on a small field that presents its own challenges the Rapids gained a valuable point with a 0-0 draw at Kansas City Saturday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
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"The last three games we haven’t played as well as we liked but we picked up a point in each game said forward Conor Casey.
"But coming in here on the road against a team that really needs to win in the end a point is okay for us."
The point keeps the Rapids firmly in the MLS playoff race with three games left on the docket. Pending Chivas USA’s result on the night Colorado could be alone in the third place in the Western conference and number six of the eight currently playoff bound clubs.
Although the Rapids attempted 12 shots on the night only three reached Kansas City netminder Kevin Hartman and only Omar Cummings' 24th minute left-footed swerve that forced Hartman back and down to the left was troublesome.
The lack of offensive prowess or just plain possession meant increased pressure on the midfield and backline and a 82nd minute bailout by Kosuke Kimura off an attempt by Kansas City’s Zoltan. Amid a penalty box flurry Zoltan sent a Davy Arnaud cross towards goal that a post-positioned Kimura blocked.
"Kimura was in the right place at the right time he saved a goal and that’s why we have him there. He was on his toes so it was a great job by him said Colorado goalkeeper Preston Burpo.
"We’d like to have been more creative. But we showed some respect to a side that has been on a good run. They’re very decent at home stated head coach Gary Smith.
"The circumstances here are so different to our own pitch. It’s tighter; it’s a different type of game. And we’ve had to adapt a little bit with our group to losing three out-and-out wide players."
"A slight change for us but a very determined a very resilient effort. And at this stage of the season another point to our tally Smith added.
"And it takes us to next week to keep our unbeaten run going and hopefully get three points."
Three draws in three games and only one loss in the last six is a good run but the last four that includes a 3-2 loss at Toronto FC could also be described as "winless