It’s possible that Daniel Hernandez and Blas Perez both woke up on the wrong side of the bed Sunday morning. Maybe they didn’t get their two pieces of bacon, or their eggs were cooked wrong.
Whatever happened, the FC Dallas pair picked up red cards within two minutes of each other, and helped the Colorado Rapids cruise to a 2-0 victory in Dallas on Sunday evening.
Hernandez was sent off in the 34th minute for accumulation of yellow cards, and Perez was shown a straight red for a studs-up challenge on Drew Moor. For the remainder of the game, the Rapids played poised, patient football.
They enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession, and found the back of the net in the 61st minute and 74th minute. Castrillon and Rivero, two key offseason acquisitions for the new Rapids front office, were the goal scorers. Brian Mullan was on the service side for both goals.
FC Dallas drops to 3-3-4, 12 points on 10 games, and the Rapids improve to 5-0-5, 15 points on 10 games.
Now for the ratings:
GK – Matt Pickens – 7 – Lost in the shuffles and scuffles was the 26th clean sheet in a Rapids uniform for Pickens, a new record. Matt was largely untested for the final 60 minutes, but made an early key play against a near breakaway for the Hoops.
LB – Luis Zapata – 6.5 – Truthfully didn’t have much to do. His overlapping play continues to impress and he shows a calm in defending that not many LBs in MLS can match right now.
CB – Drew Moor – 6.5 – Like Zapata, Moor didn’t have much to show for his 90 minutes of work. Drew, ahem, drew the red card on Perez. It looked like he enjoyed the run out in his home state.
CB – Tyrone Marshall – 6 – Marshall is not the solution if Wynne’s injury is more serious than first noted. He not only changes the game for himself, he changes the game for the entire rest of the backline, who must make up for his lack of speed.
RB – Kosuke Kimura – 5 – Pareja gave Kimura a chance to round back into form Sunday, but the vote of confidence didn’t do much for the still-struggling right back. Mullan was constantly doing Kimura’s defending for him. Adding Yamada to this squad hasn’t seemed to help Kimura’s focus.
RM – Brian Mullan – 7.5 – Speaking of Brian Mullan, what can’t this guy do? He defends, he dispossesses the opponent, and his service on Sunday was impeccable, adding two assists to his tally. He’s gone about his business very quietly this season, but he is perhaps the most important reason the Rapids have 15 points.
CM – Jeff Larentowicz – 6. 5 – Jeff had a subdued game and did his job well. You can feel a dissent yellow building, though. Jeff’s been on every referee like white on rice this year.
CM – Jaime Castrillon – 7 – Scored a goal on a header in the 61st minute, when he was admittedly unmarked. His combination play with Rivero continues to mature, and when he figures out where and how to find Casey, his already beautiful assists and through balls are going to be more stunning.
LM – Martin Rivero – 6.5 – Rivero scored his goal in the 74th minute on some good service from Mullan. Rivero makes good plays to keep possession, but is still moving at a pace that is way above his teammates. Will they catch up, or will he have to play slower? Time will tell.
ST – Tony Cascio – 6 – Maybe the most anonymous game so far in Rapids jersey for Cascio. He wasn’t involved much in the attack, especially after Cummings went down early with his ankle injury. There have been calls to let Cascio play up top with Casey when Conor comes back, and let Omar sit or play a reduce role until he finds himself back in form. I think those comments are a bit premature, especially after Sunday.
ST – Omar Cummings – INC – Omar went down in the 13th minute with an ankle injury. He will have an MRI on Monday, but he was walking on it on his way to the locker room. Omar is a proven commodity who is struggling right now. Maybe a couple of weeks away from the game will do him some good.
SUB –Kamani Hill – 6 – Hill replaced Cummings in the 13th minute. Playing up top next to Cascio for the remainder of the first half, and then dropping to the midfield after halftime, Hill has talent and a GPS in his foot. He’s still trying to find his place on this team.
SUB – Conor Casey – 5.5 – Conor is slowly but surely coming back up to game speed (or as close to game speed as he’s ever going to get). He looks a little tentative on 50-50 balls and isn’t particularly dangerous yet. But it was a key 45 minutes for Conor on a day when they didn’t need his goals.
SUB – Wells Thompson – INC – Played 3 minutes in the most garbage of garbage time.