Teamwork makes the dream work

Colorado Rapids ‘hungry collectively’ after first residence win of the season


Colorado Rapids might be on the hunt for extra residence wins after their 3-2 victory over LAFC Saturday afternoon at Dick’s Sporting Items Park.

The Western Convention membership picked up three factors at residence for the primary time in 2024 after a dramatic comeback towards the 2022 MLS Cup champions. Simply when all hope appeared misplaced, new signing Djordje Mihailovic stepped up with a jaw-dropping free kick — his first aim of the season — to stage issues up late on earlier than he added a second within the ninetieth minute to assist declare all three factors.

It was a real take a look at for Chris Armas’ aspect, as they discovered themselves trailing twice to the Black and Gold however nonetheless managed to convey the sport to stage phrases on each events. The victory propelled Colorado to seventh place within the Western Convention, and Armas defined that his aspect are greater than wanting to proceed on the identical path because the season unfolds.

“It feels good, it feels actually good. I’ve mentioned it a bunch of occasions publicly, I’ve mentioned it to my crew, I just like the crew, I really like the crew that now we have,” Armas mentioned after the win. “We’re hungry collectively, and they’ll assault one another. Once more, now we have a lot work to do and I promise you it isn’t as a result of I am a loopy coach trying over particulars, now we have work to do, I do know this.”

The previous Manchester United assistant went on to relay that his Rapids aspect are nowhere close to the the “completed product” after six video games performed in 2024. Armas additionally known as on his private experiences as a participant to narrate to how proud he was of the crew’s resilience within the early goings of the season.

“That course of is what it is all about, you’re by no means your completed product. To look at the crew, go after it, to face adversity, is it ‘right here we go once more? To go down just isn’t straightforward. I have been on a pitch. It isn’t straightforward for a participant to return again but it surely’s most likely what I really like most in regards to the group. That they are collectively and run for one another they usually imagine that they’ll win. They believed even at 4 to 1 that we would come again towards Portland [Timbers], I noticed it,” he mentioned.

With the crew’s new signings persevering with to combine into the XI — corresponding to Mihailovic, Zack Steffen and Sam Vines — the Rapids will look to begin a profitable streak at their residence floor with FC Dallas and San Jose Earthquakes coming to city of their subsequent residence matches. If the Rapids have been to prevail of their two upcoming residence fixtures, they might match their wins whole at Dick’s Sporting Items Park from the 2023 season with three victories.

“Our first win at residence this season, I like it,” the coach added. “Once more, simply seeing the faces on the followers after the match to see the way in which our gamers rejoice on the finish linking arms. Once I met with the supporters in preseason, they mentioned that is what we would like. We wish to see a crew that desires to return over to us win, lose, or draw. I mentioned we are going to do this.

“To see all of them be a part of it collectively, staying after for half-hour is wonderful. So, I really like being a part of it and having a sure say on this complete factor. I will maintain pushing onerous, extra victories, extra residence victories.”

The Rapids will hit the highway for his or her subsequent two contests, taking over Inter Miami at Chase Stadium this Saturday earlier than clashing with San Jose Earthquakes on April 13 at PayPal Park.