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Robin Fraser not concerned by Colorado Rapids' third consecutive draw

Chris Smith
Colorado Rapids have drawn five of their last 10 matches, though they remain unbeaten during that time.
Colorado Rapids have drawn five of their last 10 matches, though they remain unbeaten during that time. / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Colorado Rapids manager Robin Fraser is taking a "glass half full" approach to his side's run of draws.

The Rapids are currently enjoying a 10-game unbeaten run in MLS but have drawn five of those outings, including their last three.

Their most recent stalemate was at home to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday night, with Danny Wilson's header in the 28th minute being cancelled out by a Brian White strike shortly before half-time.

But the Rapids remain third in the Western Conference, just two points adrift of leaders Sporting Kansas City. Fraser isn't worried by Colorado's failure to get wins over the line thanks to their performance levels remaining positive.

“I’d be a lot more concerned if this conversation was: we scored three goals in the 90th minute to just barely get a tie," Fraster told reporters following Sunday's match.

"My point of that is that we’re doing a lot of things well. We’re creating chances. We’ve taken leads in all three games. It's really how you look at it, right? Glass half full, glass half empty. For me, we’re doing a lot of things really well and we’ve had a few breakdowns that have led to goals against us.

"I would much rather be in that position than [when] we’re scrambling, we can’t create chances, we can’t create goals and we just manufacture something at the end to eke out a tie. Can you imagine if these three games were that way and we’ve gotten the same amount of points? The feeling would certainly be different.

"Right now the feeling is we do a lot of things really well. We are able to create some chances. We should probably score more goals, but we are able to create some chances and as long as you can create chances and not give away a multitude of opportunities, then you give yourselves a chance.

"I’ve never seen a team be really successful where everything just goes on a positive trajectory the whole season. So I look at this and go, we have to get better at certain things, but while we are learning these lessons, we are still acquiring points. Not as many as we want to be, but we’re still acquiring points.”

Midfielder Younes Namli, Colorado's only current Designated Player, made a long-awaited return to action after missing the last four months due to ankle surgery. Though the Danish midfielder was unable to inspire his side to victory during his 25 minutes on the pitch, he's taking the same relaxed approach as Fraser when it comes to the Rapids' drawing trend.

“It’s football, you know. Sometimes the ball goes in, sometimes it doesn’t," said Namli. "You can say, yeah we did draw the last three games, but we’ve been really close, especially today.

"If you look at the game, everybody has that feeling of, ‘How did we go out of here with a draw?’ It’s a problem when you don’t create chances, when you don’t play well and you just have to sit back and defend the whole game, then it becomes a problem. But we had plenty of chances. We created good chances, we played pretty well. We just have to be more clinical. We haven’t lost in a long time so that's a positive thing too.”

Colorado have two very winnable home ties coming up against the bottom two sides in the overall standings, Toronto FC and Austin FC, before they travel to second placed Seattle Sounders at the start of October.

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