2017.08.21 Ten things
Garrett Ellwood - Colorado Rapids

Ten things we learned from the Rapids' 1-0 loss vs. D.C. United

By the numbers: here are 10 stats from the Colorado Rapids' 1-0 loss to D.C. United at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night.

1. With the own-goal from Jared Watts, the Rapids have now conceded 32 goals - the same number they gave up in their record-breaking 2016 season. His was the 20th own goal scored by a Rapids player, but the first at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park since June 20, 2012.

2. This was the second time this season that the Rapids lost a game 1-0 due to an own-goal. Eric Miller was the unfortunate player at Red Bull Arena in game two of the season.

3. Luis Gil, who joined from Orlando City SC on August 10, made his Rapids debut. He played the final 26 minutes as a substitute for Nana Boateng.

4. The Rapids failed to find the net at home for the second time this season. They had previously been blanked by Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May, when the Canadian side also won 1-0.

5. Steve Cooke took charge of his first game as Interim Head Coach. It ended in defeat, as it did for Bobby Houghton (1996), Roy Wegerle (1996), Glenn Myernick (1997), Tim Hankinson (2001), and Fernando Clavijo (2005). Only Gary Smith, Oscar Pareja (both won), and Pablo Mastroeni (tied) avoided defeat in their first match in charge of the club.

6. Bill Hamid was in fine form for D.C. United, but the Rapids were not without their chances, and were certainly aggressive in the final third. They took 18 shots, which has only been bettered once this season, albeit the 3-1 home loss to LA Galaxy (19) on June 21.

7. Russell Canouse lined-up for D.C. United, making his MLS debut. He arrived from Hoffenheim in Germany, but had spent time on loan at VfL Bochum. He scored the game’s only goal for Bochum in a 1-0 win over 1860 Munich last December. Stefan Aigner was playing for 1860 that day.

8. Marlon Hairston made a career-high 23rd appearance of the season on Saturday. He is the only Rapids player to have featured in every MLS game in 2017.

9. Midfielder Nana Boateng made his first start since July 4, and only his fifth start in 10 appearances. He missed 10 games earlier in the season due to a back injury.

10. Jared Watts went over 5,000 career minutes on Saturday, on what was his 67th appearance.

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