MLS Game Summary - Colorado at New England|
(Saturday, April 12, 2008)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Colorado 1, New England 0
Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - Nick LaBrocca scored in the 68th minute and
Bouna Coundoul made nine saves as the Colorado Rapids defeated the New England
Revolution, 1-0, in heavy rain at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
LaBrocca became the seventh different Rapids player to score through the first
three games of the season.
Coundoul posted his second shutout of the young season. He helped Colorado top
Los Angeles, 4-0, in its season opener.
Colorado (2-1-0) moved into first place in the Western Conference, two points
ahead of Chivas USA, which lost to Columbus 4-3 on Saturday.
New England (2-2-0), which defeated Kansas City on Wednesday, lost its second
game of the season.
New England had a chance to take the lead just two minutes into the match when
Khano Smith delivered a cross to an open Adam Cristman in the penalty area. He
was able to head the ball, but his high shot failed to test Coundoul.
Colorado's best chance in the first half was in the 22nd when Christian Gomez
took advantage of a mistake by New England goalie Matt Reis, only to be denied
by Revolution defender Jay Heaps on the line.
Reis tried to gather in a cross but spilled a rebound and wasn't able to cover
up the loose ball. Gomez took a hard shot from deep inside the area but Heaps
was on the line defending with Reis out of position.
Kenny Mansally had a chance to put New England in front two minutes later, but
Coundoul was able to make a save on the young Gambian.
Colorado made an interesting switch at halftime, substituting Gomez for recent
signing Tom McManus, a Scottish forward who was signed Thursday.
The Revs got the first chance of the second half, though, when Mauricio Castro
took a free kick that Coundoul deflected off the crossbar.
The Rapids finally broke the deadlock in the 68th minute off a free kick from
Jose Burciaga Jr. that LaBrocca converted for his first goal of the season.
The free kick was taken from deep on the left side - almost a corner - and was
passed perfectly to the far post to LaBrocca. The 5-foot-10 midfielder jumped
above a few defenders to head the ball into the right side past a diving Reis.
A few minutes later, Reis set the MLS record for consecutive minutes played.
But his teammates weren't able to add a win to the milestone, despite a number
of chances over the final 10 minutes.
Mansally had another chance that nearly sneaked by Coundoul, but he preserved
the shutout by tipping the ball up and then covering it up on the line with a
New England player closing in to try and poke the loose ball into the net.
Coundoul capped his effort by punching a ball out of danger in the 93rd.
Colorado returns home April 19 to host San Jose. New England visits New York
on April 19.
04/12 21:49:45 ET