The Colorado Rapids led from start to finish in the Saturday, April 14th 2-0 win over Toronto FC. Jack Price scored his first goal in MSL in the 2nd minute and Shkëlzen Gashi scored on a penalty kick in the 78th minute. This marks the second-straight home victory for Colorado’s 2018 season. The team also tied two matches—one against Sporting KC and the other against FC Dallas.
Both coaches, players, and fans agreed that Gashi, a Swiss-Albanian midfielder and forward player, was partly responsible for the team’s success. He was selected as the Designated Player by coach Anthony Hudson; his insertion into the game for Jack McBean in the 69th minute marked the player’s first competitive action since October. According to Coach Hudson, Gashi has a difficult preseason—he suffered an injury that prevented his participation. However, we expect to see the player getting more action as he continues to recover.
Recent speculation regarding Hudson’s habit of playing his favorite athletes was proved to be correct. Kip Colvey is known to be a favorite of Coach Hudson. The wingback was brought in as a player a team in New Zealand which Hudson managed. Colvey started the match but struggled intensely in his 39 minutes of play. He had 6 unsuccessful passes. Eventually, Hudson swapped him out with Dillon Serna, who had 13 successful passes and contributed offensively, including an 81st minute shot that almost landed.
The Rapids play their next game on Saturday, April 21st against Real Salt Lake. This is an away game, but we expect to see fans driving to the match in droves. The following game is on Sunday, April 29th against Orlando City.