Achieving a result takes solid performance in one of the league’s most hostile venues, as the Rapids have demonstrated since Fraser’s tenure began in 2019. Under Fraser, Colorado has a 9W-6L-2D away record, an impressive mark in a league where travel can be notoriously difficult. So far this season the Rapids are 2W-1L-1D away from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
“The bottom line is you’re talking about the good road results we’ve had, we have a good, honest, hard-working team,” said Fraser. “And at the end of the day it takes people who play with a lot of determination and intelligence to win on the streets, and we definitely have. We have a very selfless group that just works,” and we cover each other, and doing this on the street is sometimes good enough to thwart what your opponent is trying to do, and you also get some opportunities out of it. … The bottom line is it’s so hard working, selfless team, that’s really why we got results on the road. “
Those attributes are sure to be put to the test against an SKC team currently in shape and currently undefeated at Children’s Mercy Park, making the matchup one of Wednesday’s most intriguing bouts in MLS.
As with any team going up against the SKC, trying to stop standout striker Alan Pulido will be one of Colorado’s top priorities. Fraser gave his scouting on the talented Mexico international, who has scored five goals and made one assist in his seven starts of the season.
“His season is almost irrelevant so far because we’re worried about him tomorrow night,” said Fraser. “He’s a very, very good player. His movement is extremely intelligent, he helps to combine, brings the team into the field and then in front of the goal – you have different types of strikers: strikers who really only need their own service, he can end the serve, and then you have strikers who can make their own shots. And when you have strikers who can do both, they become exponentially harder to deal with, and he’s certainly a player who can make his own shots. Create your own chances, create chances for others, and end up with flanks. “