MLS Game Summary - Toronto at Colorado

(Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Colorado 1, Toronto 0

Commerce City, CO (Sports Network) - Toronto FC fell to the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Saturday night in a Major League Soccer match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The Rapids' Conor Casey scored his league-leading 12th goal of the season before two TFC players were ejected with red cards, ensuring Colorado would hold on for the important victory.

With the win, Colorado (10-7-6) moves into third in the Western Conference table, strengthening its position for a berth in the MLS Cup playoffs.

As helpful as the win was for Colorado's playoff hopes, it was equally crushing for Toronto's chances of making the second season. The Reds (8-9-7) are now fifth in the East and tied for eighth in the league's overall table.

The team's battled to a scoreless first half, with the best opportunity being a Casey penalty kick that clanged off the crossbar. The penalty was called because of a TFC handball in the area after a corner kick was played in the box.

The Rapids did take advantage of an opportunity less than five minutes after the break, however, as Casey redeemed himself for his earlier miss.

The ball was controlled in the rapids' offensive third by Omar Cummings on the right side, and he laid a pass back to Jacob Peterson. Peterson then sent a cross to the top of the six-yard box to Casey, who skied over the defense and snapped a header past TFC goalkeeper Stefan Frei for the 1-0 advantage.

TFC's chances at a comeback took a dent when Amadou Sanyang was booked for his second yellow in the 76th minute, earning an ejection. TFC further hurt its chances when defender Adrian Serioux elbowed Cummings to the ground in the 84th minute, earning a straight red from Terry Vaughn.

The two sides will meet again next Saturday in Toronto, in the second leg of the home-and-home series.

09/06 00:21:40 ET