Robin Fraser has heaped reward on his Colorado Rapids gamers after they got here from behind to beat Minnesota United 3-1 on Sunday, regardless of enjoying a lot of the second half with 10 males.
Heading into the match, the Rapids seemed on the verge of spoiling an excellent season with their solely win in six coming towards bottom-of-the-West Austin FC.
And issues appeared to worsen as Adrien Hounou put Minnesota 1-0 up inside eight minutes at Allianz Subject, whereas Danny Wilson was given his marching orders simply earlier than the hour-mark.
However from there, the Rapids mounted an unimaginable comeback, with Cole Bassett equalising from the penalty spot on 73 minutes. Objectives from Michael Barrios and Lucas Esteves then sealed an unlikely turnaround Fraser was effervescent with pleasure for his gamers after the match.
“Ideas on tonight’s match are: what a staff. What a unbelievable staff,” he informed reporters. “Down a purpose, down a person. Such a personality assertion. It’s what I’ve loved about this staff since I obtained right here, that they don’t stop, they don’t have stop in them.
“Not simply down a purpose, down a person—down a purpose, down a person to a really, excellent staff and a few actually, actually good gamers. Phrases can’t categorical how proud I’m of this win and the way proud I’m of the staff.”
Although the goalscorers will clearly take a lot of the glory, Fraser additionally paid tribute to the mammoth defensive effort which laid the foundations for Colorado’s devastating counter-attacks.
“What it’s, is clearly the urgency of the second—the place we’re within the desk, the place we’re within the time of yr,” he added. “You go down a person, it’s not even essentially simply taking place a person, it’s figuring out that we’re down a purpose and we have to get factors, and if you happen to take a look at the response of your entire staff, your entire group of fellows did such a terrific job.
“Everybody will bear in mind the targets and the unbelievable issues executed by Jonny [Lewis], Michael [Barrios], Cole [Bassett]. Everybody will bear in mind all that. What most individuals will overlook is the very, very tough work within the trenches in entrance of the purpose between Will [Yarbrough], the defenders, everybody who was actually dug in proper in our field late within the sport.
“When you consider each side of it, you consider the group that basically, actually labored exhausting and defended, you consider the group that was actually capable of spark a few of these actually good counter-attacks. It simply comes again to what I began with: what a staff. What a staff.”
Sunday’s victory sees the Rapids open up a five-point hole between themselves and the Portland Timbers in fourth. In the meantime, Fraser’s staff are only a level behind Sporting KC and 6 adrift of the Seattle Sounders in second and first, respectively.
Up subsequent for Colorado is a visit to Actual Salt Lake on Saturday night.