MLS Game Summary - Colorado at Philadelphia|
(Sunday, March 18, 2012)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Colorado 2, Philadelphia 1
Chester, PA (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rapids claimed a second win in as
many matches to open the new season as the club held on for a 2-1 win over the
Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Sunday.
Colorado (2-0-0) began the campaign with a 2-0 win over Columbus, and went in
front in the 56th minute through Jaime Castrillon before playing the final 32
minutes of the match with 10 men following a second yellow card being issued
to Jeff Larentowicz.
Tony Cascio doubled the lead for the Rapids, who held out for the win despite
conceding a goal to Lionard Pajoy five minutes later.
The hosts enjoyed the better of the play in the first half with Colorado
goalkeeper Matt Pickens being called into action on a few occasions, while the
Rapids did little to trouble his counterpart, Zac MacMath.
But after a shaky performance in the Union's 3-1 season-opening defeat at
Portland, MacMath had another bad moment in the 56th minute when a cross from
Omar Cummings slipped through the fingertips of the 'keeper, allowing
Castrillon to head the ball into the empty net.
A late challenge by Larentowicz on the Union's Keon Daniel a few minutes later
gave the hosts a bit of hope. But it was Colorado that added to the lead when
Cascio stole the ball from defender Chris Albright on the wing and dribbled
into the area before beating MacMath.
"I never gave up on the play and it just kind of opened up for me," said
Cascio of his first MLS goal. "I just figured 'why not take a shot',
especially since we were down a man."
Pajoy tallied his first goal for the Union with more than 20 minutes still to
play when he turned his header past Pickens from a Roger Torres cross.
However, the Union (0-2-0) was denied a share of the points as Michael
Farfan's flicked effort struck the crossbar before Pajoy failed to hit the
target in the 89th minute despite getting a good look at the net.
"Overall I thought we played a good game," Union head coach Peter Nowak said.
"Unfortunately we made some mistakes that need to be cleaned up."
03/18 19:13:19 ET