MLS Game Summary - Columbus at Colorado|
(Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Colorado 1, Columbus 0
Commerce City, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rapids opened the 2010 Major
League Soccer playoffs with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Dick's
Sporting Goods Park on Thursday night.
The Rapids, who finished the regular season in fifth place in the Western
Conference, lead the home-and-home, total-goals quarterfinal series 1-0 over
the Crew, who finished second in the East in the regular season.
Colorado captain Pablo Mastroeni scored the game's only goal, his first career
playoff tally in his 16th playoff game with the Rapids, which ties him with
Chris Henderson for the most all-time playoff appearances with the club.
Colorado strikers Omar Cummings and Conor Casey had the Crew defense on its
heels most of the night, and they nearly gave the home side the advantage
inside 10 minutes. The two broke into the Columbus end on a two-on-one vs.
defender Chad Marshall after Cummings ran onto a ball on the right side. The
Jamaican then played a ball across the box that was just out of the
reach of Casey with a wide-open goal in front of him.
The Crew's best early chance came minutes later when Colorado goalkeeper Matt
Pickens was forced to punch away a Guillermo Barros Schelotto corner kick just
before striker Steven Lenhart could get his head on it.
Colorado went up 1-0 in the 24th minute when Cummings ran onto a diagonal
ball into the right corner. He then played a ball into the middle of the
penalty area that Casey deftly touched with a back-heel to Mastroeni at the
far post. Mastroeni finished it off by blasting the shot just under the
crossbar from close range.
That was how the score stayed as the Rapids dominated the majority of the
game, but were unable to get a second goal. The Crew began a push-back in the
closing minutes, with an Andy Iro header from close range that saved by
Pickens five minutes from time being their best chance of the game.
The Rapids take the one-goal advantage into the second and deciding leg at
Crew Stadium on Nov. 6.
10/28 23:29:25 ET