Communication was great.
The bottom line on giving up a goal in the game against the Galaxy is that the Colorado Rapids had a breakdown in communication which directly led to an easy goal for the Galaxy. The Rapids quickly fixed that problem on the pitch and gave up no more goals for the duration.
This game communication looked great on the defensive end. Tim Howard and company were out there yelling at each other making sure everyone was on the same page after every shot that was saved. I said the Rapids needed to give up no free goals to the Earthquakes and I wouldn’t count the one goal they did give up as a free goal due to miscommunication.
Offensively the communication was strong as well. The Colorado Rapids had an 89% overall passing accuracy for the game on 591 passes. They were crossing the ball to setup shots on a consistent basis and had 18 crosses throughout the match.
All Rapids were communicating at a high level and this led to aggressive play and some new heroes stepping up as I’ll talk about soon.