Archive | May, 2007

Even-Steven: Rapids, Wizards tie in Commerce City

Posted on 19 May 2007 by Jeff Cann

Colorado honors Chris Henderson

by Jeff Cann

Commerce City, CO May 19, 2007 (ASN) — It was perfect weather for an MLS match as the Colorado Rapids hosted the Kansas City Wizards. Both teams played enticing soccer, mounting attack and counter-attacks throughout the game. Despite the action, nothing was settled as the evenly-matched teams tied 1-1.

Colorado falls to second place in the MLS Western Conference with 12 points [3-2-3], one point behind FC Dallas. Kansas City falls to third place in the MLS Eastern Conference with 13 points [4-2-1].

It was Colorado striker Roberto Brown who nearly scored in the 5th minute when his header flew just right of the near post. Moments later, Rapids midfielder Kyle Beckerman was fouled 2 yards outside KC penalty area. Jovan Kirovski’s free kick struck the corner of the goal post.

Kansas City responded to the Rapids pressure and mounted their first legitimate attack in the 16th minute. Kansas City midfielder Davy Arnaud crossed a ball to striker Eddie Johnson. His header was the first shot on goal and Rapids keeper Bouna Coundoul made the save. Eddie Johnson made his second shot 2 minutes later. Condoul again was in position to cover Johnson’s low shot.

Toward the end of the first half, the referee awarded a penalty kick to Colorado for a KC hand ball in their penalty area. KC keeper Kevin Hartman dove to his left but Kirovski sent the ball directly into the goal for his second score of the season.

The second half started with both teams sitting back, compared to their assertive first-half play. The Rapids defense was caught off-guard in the 58th minute when Eddie Johnson sprinted wide to create space. He delivered a great pass to loosely-marked midfielder Davy Arnaud. Arnaud drilled the bar inside far post, past a diving Coundoul.

Like a fencing competition, both teams continued to poke and prod each other to find a weakness. In the 67th minute, Rapids midfielder Herculez Gomez injured himself on scoring chance. He later said, “I did a fair amount of running in the first half and at half time, [my leg] just didn’t feel right. I elevated my leg to strike the ball and felt a sharp pain.” Fernando Clavijo said after the game that the status of Gomez is unknown.

As the second half closed, KC was called for another hand ball. This time it was outside the KC penalty area. With Gomez and Kirovski out of the game, midfielder Terry Cooke took the free kick from 29 yards out. Unfortunately, he blasted the ball 10 yards over the goal.

Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo was pleased with his team’s performance saying, “It was a good game for the fans. [It] was attractive, up-and-down the field. It was two good teams out there. Both teams played hard.”

U.S. Open Cup

Next up for the Rapids is a controversial US Open Cup qualifying match against rival Real Salt Lake. Coach Clavijo said, “We shouldn’t be playing this [qualifying] game. I am extremely unhappy with the league’s decision. When we finished the 2006 season, it was clear that the top 8 MLS teams would be in the US Open Cup round of 16.”

The Rapids already played RSL twice in league play, earning a victory in Salt Lake on April 30th and a tie in Commerce City on May 10th.

The Rapids return to league play on May 26th against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Henderson honored

Former Colorado Rapids midfielder / striker Chris Henderson was honored this evening during a halftime ceremony. It featured a series of video highlights of Henderson scoring his most memorable goals as a Rapids player. He is the third inductee into the Colorado Rapids Gallery of Honor, joining Marcelo Balboa and Paul Bravo. Henderson is now an assistant coach for Kansas City.


Scoring Summary:

1

2

F

Colorado

1

0

1

Kansas City

0

1

1

COL — Jovan Kirovski 2 (penalty kick) 46+
KCW — Davy Arnaud 1 (Eddie Johnson 3, Kerry Zavagnin 1) 58

Colorado Rapids — Bouna Coundoul, Dan Gargan, Pablo Mastroeni, Mike Petke, Chris Wingert, Terry Cooke (Nico Colaluca 84), Kyle Beckerman, Jovan Kirovski (Ugo Ihemelu 59), Herculez Gomez (Jacob Peterson 69), Roberto Brown, Nicolas Hernandez,

Substitutes Not Used: Jose Cancela, Conor Casey, Zach Thornton, Daniel Wasson

Kansas City Wizards — Kevin Hartman, Jack Jewsbury, Jimmy Conrad (Aaron Hohlbein 46), Nick Garcia, Jose Burciaga Jr., Davy Arnaud, Sasha Victorine (Kurt Morsink 86), Kerry Zavagnin, Michael Harrington, Eddie Johnson, Yura Movsisyan (Carlos Marinelli 53),

Substitutes Not Used: Will John, Eric Kronberg, Ryan Pore, Ryan Raybould

Colorado Kansas City
Total Shots: 15 (3 tied with 3) 10 (Davy Arnaud 2)
Shots on Goal: 3 (Kyle Beckerman 2) 4 (4 tied with 1)
Fouls: 15 (Nicolas Hernandez 3,
Pablo Mastroeni 3)
9 (Jack Jewsbury 2,
Aaron Hohlbein 2)
Offsides: 0 4 (Michael Harrington 2,
Eddie Johnson 2)
Corner Kicks: 6 (Terry Cooke 4) 2 (Davy Arnaud 2)
Saves: 3 (Bouna Coundoul 3) 2 (Kevin Hartman 2)

Misconduct Summary:
COL — Mike Petke (caution; Tackle from Behind) 30
COL — Herculez Gomez (caution; Game Disrepute) 34
COL — Pablo Mastroeni (caution; Reckless Foul) 47
KCW — Jose Burciaga Jr. (caution; Reckless Foul) 56
KCW — Jack Jewsbury (caution; Delaying a Restart) 93+

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants: C.J. Morgante; Corey Rockwell
4th official: Brian Hall
Time of game: 1:50
Attendance: 14,577
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70 degrees

Jeff Cann can be reached at jcann@americansoccernews.net.
© Cann/Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC 2007

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Rapids and RSL ‘own’ each other

Posted on 10 May 2007 by Jeff Cann

Rocky Mountain rivalry is real

by Jeff Cann

Commerce City, CO May 10, 2007 (ASN) – The Colorado Rapids played Real Salt Lake to a 1-1 tie on a quiet evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. This was the second leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup, with the Rapids holding a 4-1 advantage over their rivals in this regional competition.

As for the impact on the MLS standings, the Rapids [2-2-1] have seven points and are tied for the Western Conference lead, while Real [0-2-4] is at the bottom of the same conference with four points.

Both teams were remarkably equal statistically and neither developed a significant advantage throughout the evening. The scoring started early in the fourth minute when a cross sent by Rapids midfielder Herculez Gomez was headed into RSL’s goal by defender Jack Stewart for an own-goal.

Colorado gave up the equalizer 11 minutes later. Freddy Adu received the ball on the left wing during a counterattack, and as he slipped into the penalty box, he ripped a shot that rebounded off Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul onto the foot of Pablo Mastroeni. The Rapids captain sent the ball past Coundoul for the second own-goal of the evening.

This was the first dual own-goal game of the 2007 MLS season and the first time in MLS history that a game ended in an own-goal draw. Neither team’s coach was particularly satisfied with the result. Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo was disappointed that his team did not play consistently.

“[RSL] is always a difficult team to play,” Clavijo said. “In the first half, we did not play well. In the second half, we did not come up with the goals we needed. We played much better in the second half, but we need to put 90 minutes together.”

Newly promoted RSL head coach Jason Kreis was happy with his team’s resilience after giving up the early own-goal.

“We gave away a pretty poor goal on a bad mistake and the guys reacted positively,” he said. “They came out smart and still created good chances.”

Both coaches commented on the growing rivalry manifested in the Rocky Mountain Cup. In the first game of the series, Rapids players were criticized by RSL fans for celebrating the win in Salt Lake. Tonight was calmer, and Kreis said, “I think the rivalry is real. I definitely think it is. Tonight, I didn’t see a lot of things happening after the play. I would like to see that it is a rivalry that goes in the right direction.”

Added Clavijo: “You can see that Real Salt Lake came here to play. They were ready and you have to give them credit for that. We are happy to have four points to their one.”

The Rapids face the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, May 13 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey (1 p.m. MT). The game will be broadcast on Telefutura.


Scoring Summary:

 

1

2

F

Colorado

1

0

1

Real Salt Lake

1

0

1

COL — Own Goal (Jack Stewart) 4
RSL — Own Goal (Pablo Mastroeni) 15

Colorado Rapids — Bouna Coundoul, Dan Gargan, Pablo Mastroeni, Mike Petke, Greg Vanney, Terry Cooke (Jacob Peterson 90), Kyle Beckerman, Jovan Kirovski (Jose Cancela 57), Herculez Gomez, Roberto Brown, Nicolas Hernandez.

Substitutes Not Used: Conor Casey, Nico Colaluca, Ugo Ihemelu, Zach Thornton, Chris Wingert

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Jack Stewart (Jean-Martial Kipre 61), Eddie Pope, Daniel Torres, Willis Forko, Carey Talley, Mehdi Ballouchy, Chris Klein, Freddy Adu, Jeff Cunningham, Atiba Harris (Chris Brown 67).

Substitutes Not Used: Nikolas Besagno, Duke Hashimoto, Chris Lancos, Chris Seitz, Jamie Watson

  Colorado Real Salt Lake
Total Shots: 12 (Herculez Gomez 5) 11 (Freddy Adu 5)
Shots on Goal: 6 (Herculez Gomez 3) 7 (Freddy Adu 4)
Fouls: 16 (Kyle Beckerman 3,
Herculez Gomez 3)
8 (Mehdi Ballouchy 3)
Offsides: 7 (Roberto Brown 3,
Herculez Gomez 3)
4 (Jeff Cunningham 2)
Corner Kicks: 6 (Terry Cooke 3) 7 (Mehdi Ballouchy 6)
Saves: 6 (Bouna Coundoul 6) 5 (Nick Rimando 5)

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Paul Scott; Jose Corro
4th official: Ben Chouaf
Time of game: 1:49
Attendance: 13,458
Weather: Sunny -and- 73 degrees

Jeff Cann can be reached at jcann@americansoccernews.net.
© Cann/Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC 2007

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Posted on 04 May 2007 by ASN Staff

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First place Rapids host Dynamo

Posted on 04 May 2007 by Jeff Cann

2006 MLS champions provide early litmus test

by Jeff Cann

Denver, CO May 4, 2007 — (ASN) On Cinco de Mayo, the Colorado Rapids host the Houston Dynamo in an early-season MLS Western Conference clash. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. (MT) and will be broadcast nationwide on Fox Soccer Channel.

The new-look, new-attitude Rapids dominated rival Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Monday and hope to keep their impressive early-season form against one of their toughest conference opponents. Last year, Houston dominated the Rapids winning two of the four regular-season games, including a 5-2 thrashing on opening day. The final insult for the Rapids came in the MLS Western Conference championship game when Houston won 3-1 en route to their first MLS Cup.

In two games this season, the Rapids have had an advantage playing opponents at their huge home pitch at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. It is the largest field in MLS and the largest dimensions allowed by FIFA. The Rapids have used the additional width to their advantage, pushing the ball up the wings. Unfortunately they will play without injured defender Brandon Prideaux for the Houston game, and the next four weeks. Prideaux has been a key component in sending the ball forward on the left side to midfielder Herculez Gomez.

To catalyze their offensive attack, the Rapids will use their pressure defense to force Houston into offensive lapses. The trio of Gomez, Niko Hernandez, and Roberto Brown are the most talented offensive weapons for the Rapids since John Spencer scored 14 goals in the 2003 season.

Facts and Figures

+ Colorado is averaging 1.5 goals per game in 2007, above their 1.1 goals per game 2006 average.

+ In the MLS Western Conference, only Colorado and Chivas USA have not lost at home.

+ Houston is averaging 1 goal per game in 2007.

Injury Report

Rapids — OUT: Brandon Prideaux (R knee meniscus), Nick LaBrocca (R Hamstring strain)

Dynamo — DOUBTFUL: Ryan Cochrane (L hamstring strain)

Probable Starters

Rapids: Coundoul, Ihemelu, Petke, Mastroeni, Vanney, Cooke, Beckerman, Kirovski, Gomez, Brown, Hernandez

Dynamo: Onstad, Gray, Cochrane, Robinson, Barrett, Mullan, Clark, De Rosario, Davis, Wondolowski, Ching

Jeff Cann can be reached at jcann@americansoccernews.net.
© Cann/Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC 2007

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