The ImpressiveKei Kamara's scoring touch
The big man has some serious skills. Off a gorgeous Ryan Smith free kick, Kamara flicked a header just over the reach Matt Pickens. I wish I only had great things to say... Jimmy Conrad and Matt Besler
I continue to be impressed with Besler's strength and instincts. Conrad and Besler helped keep Conor Casey and Omar Cummings off the board and are big reasons the Wizards haven't allowed a goal yet. Stèphane Auvray
While everyone is talking about Ryan Smith, Auvray sort of goes unnoticed. He shouldn't. He's an absolute monster in the middle. He seems to always be in the midst of the play on both offense and defense. Easily the man of the match. Easily the most important facet of the Wizards pressing. Jimmy Nielsen
That's two games and two clean sheets for the big Dane. He was tested more against the Rapids and he responded with a good game, including stopping a very dangerous shot with the side of his face.
The Not-so-ImpressiveKei Kamara's passing touch
I like Kamara. He's a great one-on-one player with great athletic gifts. He's pretty much cemented his role in the Starting XI. I just wish it wasn't on the wing. His first touch on the wing is supbar. He doesn't open up space behind him when cutting into a channel and often leaves his overlapping fullback too high with no cover. Such a different player at the top. (Or so says this amateur soccer tactician.) Julien Baudet and Conor Casey
This seemed to be the entire game plan for the Rapids: Hit the ball long and hope Conor knocked his man unconscious with an elbow so he could get one-v-one with the keeper OR go in hard on anyone in dark blue when they have the ball. While that's the way I played soccer, it's not really any fun to watch on a professional level. It was embarrassing to watch Baudet play like a petulant, pissed off 16-year-old. The Officiating
Not only did the refs look like McDonald's employees, they officiated the game like they spent a little too much time in front of a grill and not on a soccer field. The last four minutes of the first-half, Landis Wiley allowed the game to completely get away from him. There were flying elbows, open dissent and his lack of control caused the game to wander into an abysmal place for about 10 minutes. Of course, in the second half, this led him to get whistle happy and again destroy the flow of the game. The Wizards sitting on a lead
After Baudet was sent off, the Wizards seemed content to just bat the ball back and forth in the midfield. It almost cost them, as Colorado were the better team down a man.