After 3 games last year: The Rapids were 0-2-1 The opposition included 2 teams that would not even make the MLS play offs The Rapids had scored 2 goals The Rapids had surrendered 4 goals The Rapids top scoring threat (Cunningham) had played only 37 minutes After 3 games this year The Rapids are 1-1-1 The opposition included the 2 teams that finished ahead of them in 2005 The Rapids have scored 7 goals The Rapids have surrendered 8 goals The Rapids replacement for their top scoring threat has played only 47 minutes Clearly, the Rapids glaring problem to date has been giving up an astonishing number of goals (8) on a limited number of shots on goal (16). Will Karanka be able to help shut down the opposition? Can FC come up with another player to make the same impact Petke did? For me, it's way to early to say if this team will perform better or worse than last years. But after 3 games, I believe the team has started better. Last years team began hitting their stride in June after Petke arrived and Cunningham began playing regularly and producing goals. Will Karanka provide the same stability and Mathias the same spark?