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Saturday night, August 31st. It was a good night for the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids beat the New York Red Bulls away from home while missing three key players in the likes of Kei Kamara, Lalas Abubakar, and Kellyn Acosta. While these three were gone, Jonathan Lewis stepped up to the plate and scored the 2 goals for the Rapids as they slid past the New York Red Bulls in Tim Howard's last game in the place his career grew to fame, Red Bull Arena. Meanwhile, Robin Fraser picked up his first win in his first game as the head coach of the Rapids. Fraser recently agreed to become to head coach of Colorado after enjoying a successful tenure with Toronto FC, where he was an assistant coach and helped Toronto capture the 2017 MLS Cup.
Jonathan Lewis, who was the third overall pick in the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, and one of the most successful players to come out of that draft, put on a clinic against the Red Bulls. Lewis was drafted by New York City Football Club, where he made 31 appearances and totaled three goals. Earlier this year, Lewis was traded to Colorado, and he hasn't looked back. In only 12 games with the Rapids, he's totaled 5 goals. After the game, I caught a word with Lewis,
"You scored two goals tonight, coming away, with your third head coach of the season, how are you feeling after today?"
"I think we showed today that we are a good team and that we can be a force to reckon with. So I think we just have to continue our performances and finish the season out strong." Lewis replied.
While Lewis was celebrating his two goals, and three points, head coach Robin Fraser was celebrating his first win as the Rapids man in charge in only his game.
"Feeling great, feeling really great. I'm really proud of the team. I thought they worked really hard, the executed in moments they had to execute, and the effort was really a thing that kept us in the game early on. As the game went on we started to take control, and in the end, I was really happy with the way we played." Fraser told me post-game.
Fraser is trying to turn a young Colorado team around. They currently sit at eleventh in the western table, but the future for the team is looking strong, especially after their recent win against the Red Bulls.
Written by Chris Dailey
Chris interviewing Robin Fraser.