MLS Game Summary - Colorado at Kansas City|
(Saturday, April 5, 2008)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Kansas City 3, Colorado 2
Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Substitute Scott Sealy capped a five-goal
second half with the game-winner in the 87th minute, leading the Kansas City
Wizards to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday in Major League
Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad had consecutive goals in a two-minute span early
in the second half, but the Rapids answered with goals from Jose Burciaga Jr.
and John DiRaimondo in the next 14 minutes.
Sealy, who entered the match in the 71st minute, scored the winner from just a
few yards out to help Kansas City win its second straight at CommunityAmerica
Ballpark to open the season.
Kansas City (2-0-0) had the only good scoring chances in the first half, shots
from Ivan Trujillo and Jack Jewsbury that were both stopped by Colorado goalie
Colorado (1-1-0), which defeated Los Angeles 4-0 in its opener, had its first
good scoring chance two minutes into the second half, but Colin Clark's shot
was knocked down by K.C. goalie Kevin Hartman.
The Wizards didn't miss their next chance, when Conrad headed a free kick from
Carlos Marinelli into the back of the net in the 54th for his first goal since
Just two minutes later, Marinelli and Conrad combined for the second goal on a
play almost identical to the first goal. Marinelli swung another ball in from
the right, this time off a corner, and Conrad ran onto the pass and headed the
ball into the net.
Colorado didn't waste any time getting back in the match, cutting the deficit
in half on a goal in the 57th by Burciaga Jr., who played his first six years
in MLS with Kansas City.
The Rapids tied the match in the 68th when Omar Cummings' corner kick bounced
away from a few players in the penalty area before DiRaimondo blasted the ball
into the net.
Sealy made his presence known as soon as he came into the game, nearly scoring
in the 73rd minute when he got around Coundoul but had his shot saved off the
line by Stephen Keel.
Sealy, who was second on the team last year behind departed Eddie Johnson with
seven goals, made his next chance count with just minutes remaining.
Kansas City's Jack Jewsbury crossed the ball into the area from the right and,
after missing an initial attempt, the ball bounced off a Colorado defender and
Sealy beat Coundoul for the game-winner.
Colorado had two chances in stoppage time, but Omar Cummings hit the post and
Christian Gomez put an open header high over the bar.
Kansas City will try to extend its winning streak to three Wednesday when it
hosts New England. Colorado visits New England on April 12.
04/05 19:55:52 ET