The Colorado Rapids come out looking strong and ready to defend their championship. The Columbus Crew looked like they were running around trying to put chewing gum on a leaky dike. In the end the better team won, Colorado wins 1-0.
Colorado came out and really looked like they were the defending champions for the first time in a while. The passed the ball around Columbus and continually put pressure on Columbus' defense. The only thing lacking was something we as Timbers fans are familiar with, a good final ball.
Columbus did have some chances but not nearly enough to even look like they were dangerous. Their forwards were called offsided on numerous occasions and really killed any attacking momentum. Colorado on the other hand continually attacked down the wings and was able to put the ball into the middle of the field in dangerous areas.
Finally Colorado was able to break through with a beautiful through ball off a turnover by Columbus in their own half. Omar Cummings then received the ball around the penalty spot and buried it into the back of the net. It was the goal everyone sensed was coming and Colorado deserved.
The second half was much like the first half as Colorado kept up their attacking momentum. Columbus really didn't get any chance until they started getting desperate with 15 mins to play when they started to throw players forward. Despite the desperation they still lacked any quality in and around the box. Their star players, Robbie Rogers included, were non existent for the whole match.
In the end Colorado was able to salt the game away as Columbus' season came to an end.
- The fans once again didn't show up, in fact only 7803 showed up and they didn't have the excuse of the World Series