TORONTO — Colorado Rapids coach Gary Smith was understandably full of praise for his team on Sunday night. They had just come from behind to beat FC Dallas 2-1 in overtime to win the 2010 MLS Cup, and the coach couldn’t help but gush about his players' effort.
“I’m extremely proud of being the coach of such a spirited group of players,” he said after the game.
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The Rapids, for the most part, outhustled and often outmuscled their opponents. Smith reserved special mention for his side’s ability to, as he said, adjust their gameplan to deal with FCD’s attacking firepower.
“It was always going to be tough if the game was too open with guys like David Ferreira, who just have the run of the game,” Smith said. “This sport is about adapting, and I think you’ve seen our team tonight adapt very well. We’ve limited a very talented group of players to next to nothing.”
Dallas actually outshot Colorado 17-7 on the night, including a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal. In overtime, Dallas outshot Colorado 9-1.
But even after going down a man following Macoumba Kandji’s overtime injury, the Rapids stayed organized and compact in defense. It was not much different than the intense defensive effort put in by the Rapids the entire game.
“It was such a cut and thrust game,” Smith said. “Did I want it that way? Not necessarily. But I tell you what: This group is capable of mixing it with some of the more physical and bigger sides and capable of playing when necessary. For me, that’s a good balance.”
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