The Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC played to a 0-0 stalemate at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night, as the Rapids missed an opportunity to move into first place in the Western Conference table.
Colorado – who are comfortably in third place in the West – extend their impressive unbeaten run to 11 games, but will rue the opportunity to leapfrog both Sporting Kansas City and Seattle Sounders, who are in first and second in the conference respectively.
The best chance of the match came early in the first half through a nifty play by Colorado forward Andre Shinyashiki. The 2019 MLS SuperDraft pick delicately chipped a ball in-behind Toronto FC’s defence, finding the head of teammate Michael Barrios, but the Colombian striker lofted his header back across TFC keeper Alex Bono and just over the net.
After that 12th-minute chance, however, both teams locked it down defensively, with neither side allowing a real goal-scoring opportunity the rest of the way until the 90th minute when the Rapids thought they could have snagged a late winner.
A cross from Braian Galván in the second minute of injury time found the head of Diego Rubio in the six-yard box, but his header was just a bit too high and this game would end scoreless.
The match was Robin Fraser’s 50th game as Rapids head coach, which ironically came against his former team this evening, where he left as an assistant to join Colorado in August 2019. Fraser’s 25 wins, 88 points and 17 clean sheets is the most in club history in a head coach’s first 50 games.