Rapids earn their first victory over The Lions in league play with 2-1 result
Drew Moor made history with his match-winning goal against Orlando City. This victory marks the first time Colorado Rapids have defeated The Lions since they joined Major League Soccer from the USL. Their best previous performance was a 0-0 draw in 2016. But, that changed tonight with a 2-1 win for their 2020 home opener as Rapids stay perfect in MLS and Orlando’s struggles on the road continue.
Captain Jack connects with Drew Moor in club legend’s homecoming
Captain Jack Price delivered another deadly accurate ball towards Moor’s head and all he had to do was direct it home. Postgame, Moor offered that, “I think when you have big guys like Kei Kamara and Lalas Abubakar they attract some of the attention,” and that allows him the opportunity to search freely for goals.
Namli impresses with a superb individual effort to open the scoring
After a quiet first half, Younes Namli opened the scoring with a 64’ goal. Following the match, Namli described the play, saying that he “got the ball at the middle of the pitch and I knew I had a play on my back. So I turned and I made the cut. I got in between the two midfielders, their defenders couldn’t step out because Diego was making a good run and that gave me an opportunity to shoot.”
Coach Fraser praises Rapids’ growth and response to adversity
Orlando substitute Chris Mueller came onto the pitch at the 79th minute and would deliver the equalizing blow shortly after in the 82′. In response to the equalizer, head coach Robin Fraser declared that he “thought they handled a difficult situation pretty well. You could see the team growing in terms of its understanding of how to deal with what they were dealt. On the whole, they did really well and on the goal, there’s a lot of moving pieces. They subbed a lot of players in, a lot of attacking players. It seems as if we just lost track of it for a little bit.”
But, the team recovered well with another trademark set piece from the service of Jack Price. Coach Fraser insisted that Price “takes more care in his preparation for his set pieces than anyone I’ve ever seen.”
Third-place Rapids return to the road at BC Place for their next match
Colorado advances to a perfect 2-0 in MLS and currently sits at a comfortable third place in the Western Conference behind the also undefeated Sporting Kansas City and Minnesota United. Their next outing on March 14th takes them on the road to BC Place against 7th place Vancouver Whitecaps (1-0-1).