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MLS Game Summary - Colorado at New England



(Saturday, May 16, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Colorado 1, New England 1

Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - New England veteran Steve Ralston converted a penalty kick in the first half, helping his side erase a third-minute goal from Colorado's Conor Casey in a 1-1 draw Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Ralston's second goal of the season helped the Revolution (2-2-4) avoid their third loss but the team is still winless in five straight - a stretch including three ties and two losses.

Colorado (3-2-3) extended its unbeaten streak to three in the first match of a four-game road trip. Casey's goal was his fifth of the season.

Colorado took the lead just three minutes into the game when Jordan Harvey sent a cross from the left to Casey, who was in the center of the box about 14 yards from goal. Casey jumped to head the ball into the upper-right corner.

New England answered 15 minutes later, though, when Ralston drew and converted a penalty kick. Ralston was holding off Rapids defender Ugo Ihemelu, who made a nice move to poke the ball away from Ralston but then the Rapids defender swung his feet to knock the Revs midfielder down.

New England was lucky Ihemelu made the foolish play because the ball bounced far enough away that Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens was about to control it. Ralston easily converted the spot kick into the left side.

The Revs had one of the better chances early in the second half when converted striker Shalrie Joseph, who normally plays defensive midfield, tested Pickens with a header at the near post in the 67th, but was denied by the best save of the match.

Pickens, who posted Colorado's first shutout of the season two weeks ago, only had to make that one save.

New England goalie Brad Knighton, once again filling in for injured Matt Reis, settled in after the early goal and finished with seven saves.

05/16 21:38:39 ET