After his poor performance in the Fire's 2-0 defeat to the L.A. Galaxy last Wednesday night, center back Dasan Robinson was pretty upset. But the 25-year-old defender - who got beat on both Galaxy goals - bounced back in a major way Sunday night against the Rapids, playing solid defense and scoring a stoppage time winner to cap a miraculous Fire comeback.
"I thought [Dasan] and [fellow center back C.J. Brown] did great tonight," said Fire keeper Jon Busch. "Dasan is a good pro, he was very disappointed in himself Wednesday night and we talked about it and I told him he was going to be just fine. I know the character he has and I knew that he was going to be good tonight and he was."
Head Coach Denis Hamlett also took notice of Dasan's solid performance on Sunday.
"Tonight his instincts - as far as stepping and winning balls - were good," said Hamlett. "You have to be careful because when you play against a fast guy (Omar Cummings anybody?) you don't want to get caught in the wrong spot, but I think overall he was pretty good tonight."
Given the injury to Wilman Conde and the impending sale of Bakary Soumare, the best thing about Dasan's solid - if not spectacular - performance on Sunday night wasn't his solid defense or his crucial goal, but rather the confidence that it must have inspired in the Fire coaching staff. True, Dasan may not have the talent of opening day starters Baky and Conde, but his performance on Sunday showed that he can be a solid contributor for the Fire, and that in itself is important.
Now, I'm not trying to jump to any conclusions here - after all Sunday's performance was only one game - but I think Dasan's reemergence represents good things for the Fire. With the lack of depth at center back the team will certainly need him for the remainder of the season and - with the uncertain statuses of C.J. Brown and Wilman Conde for 2010 - he figures to play a big role for the Fire next year too, so hopefully Sunday's performance is a sign of things to come. Personally, I think Dasan will do fine as a center back when called upon and - despite the departure of Bakary Soumare - the Fire don't have too much to worry about in the back.