Haters gonna hate, and Gary Smith gonna Gary Smith. In the 68th minute, the Colorado Rapids' most dangerous player and goal scorer Omar Cummings, a striker, was withdrawn for Wells Thompson. Thompson is a midfielder who is normally deployed on the wing. His best quality, theoretically, is his work rate. His best quality in reality is making really tough tackles, then saying nasty things to the officials.
The Rapids are at home and have been the better team throughout the match, so of course they're going to take out the best player on their team and hold onto their 1-0 lead. Nothing like sitting on a lead at home against a team that you're superior to.
And in news that is completely not sarcastic, Rapids midfielder Jamie Smith has injured his knee. He was replaced by Ross LaBauex. The injury looked pretty bad, and we can only hope that it's not too serious.
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