Commerce City, Colo. - With the opener out of the way, the Rapids took the first two days this week to analyze their own performance and scout the next opponent, Philadelphia.
"Oscar and the team sat down and looked at film (Tuesday)," midfielder Jeff Larentowicz said Wednesday after training. "The one thing that we really focused on was our ability to keep the ball, and I think that in the first half (against Columbus) we were a little sloppy, a little lazy when we were on the ball and giving it away too much. Although there were a lot of good things in the game, I think that was probably one of the main things to focus on to get better for the next one."
The Rapids now head east to face the Philadelphia Union on Sunday at 2 pm MT on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Verus). Philadelphia lost at Portland 3-1 on Monday on rain soaked turf field after scoring the first goal.
"I think it's tough to grasp how a team wants to play when the ball is moving around as fast as it is on that surface," said Larentowicz, who watched the Union game on ESPN2. "Really, it doesn't matter because they're going to have their home opener and that place is going to be rocking. I think they're going to feel comfortable at home."
The Rapids have yet to lose to Philadelphia since the Union joined MLS as an expansion team in 2010. Colorado tied the Union at PPL Park in 2010 with Larentowicz scoring, and took the three points last year with a 2-1 victory.
"We've played a few good games there, actually." he said. "I think that it's a really tough place to go but I think that the last couple of years we've been really committed when we've gone there. But regardless, they're a good team."
It's another home coming game for the Ginjer Ninja, who grew up in the area and lettered in soccer, basketball, and golf at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia.
"For me, it's always fun to go home," he added. "My parents buy a ton of tickets and some people from my high school show up. It's just fun to perform in front of the people that have known you since you were a little guy."