MLS Game Summary - Houston at Colorado|
(Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Colorado 3, Houston 0
Commerce City, CO (Sports Network) - Conor Casey had a goal and two assists in
the first 23 minutes and the Colorado Rapids defeated the short-handed Houston
Dynamo, 3-0, on Saturday in Major League Soccer at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Casey assisted on Jamie Smith's first goal of the season less than two minutes
into the match, set up Omar Cummings' sixth goal of the season in the 16th and
added his eighth goal of the year in the 23rd.
Colorado (8-6-7) had just one win in its last 10 games, a 1-0 win over the San
Jose Earthquakes thanks to an own goal, but cruised to just its second victory
since early June after Houston's Lovel Palmer was sent off in the 10th minute.
Houston (6-11-5) ended a 10-match winless streak last week with a 4-3 win over
the Chicago Fire, but never recovered from Smith's early goal and Palmer's red
card. The Dynamo have gone 42 league games without back-to-back wins.
Colorado grabbed the lead inside two minutes when Casey played Smith into the
left side of the penalty area with a long pass from midfield. Smith placed the
ball perfectly into the bottom-right corner to finish the play.
Palmer was sent off in the 10th minute after he tangled with Colorado's Pablo
Mastroeni and kicked the Rapids' captain. Mastroeni received a yellow, but the
Dynamo paid a much bigger price.
Casey set up Colorado's second goal with a perfect cross from the right that
Cummings just had to direct across the line from six yards out just minutes
after Houston went down a man.
After picking up his fourth and fifth assists of the year, Casey increased his
goals total by scoring off a rebound. Mehdi Ballouchy forced Dynamo goalie Pat
Onstad to stop a rocket from the edge of the box, but Casey was lurking at the
back post and headed the ball into an empty net.
Rapids goalie Ian Joyce, making his first MLS start with Matt Pickens out with
back spasms, denied Brian Mullan from close range in the 56th to keep Houston
from getting back into the match. Joyce finished with fourth saves to earn his
Colorado can build on the win Sept. 4 when it hosts Chivas USA. Houston hopes
to rebound Sept. 5 when it hosts the San Jose Earthquakes.
08/28 23:38:04 ET