Archive | August, 2007

Rapids win sets up important match against Crew

Posted on 26 August 2007 by Jeff Cann

Galaxy eyes SuperLiga final
by Jeff Cann

Commerce City, CO August 26, 2007 — (ASN) After the Los Angeles Galaxy declared that David Beckham would not travel to Commerce City, the Rapids chance of victory greatly improved. The Galaxy aided the Rapids playoff chase by resting the majority of their regular starters. The result was a dominant 3-0 victory by Colorado.

The Rapids [7-9-6; 27 points] scored three goals for the second straight match and all but eliminated the Galaxy [3-10-5; 14 points] from the MLS playoffs. The Rapids are now tied with the Columbus Crew for the final playoff qualification position. What a coincidence it is that the Rapids travel to Columbus this Sunday to break the tie.

In tonight’s match, the Rapids dominated from start to finish. Colorado pressured Los Angeles whenever they touched the ball. This pressure paid off in the 26th minute as Rapids striker Conor Casey opened his scoring account for the 2007 MLS season. Casey received a pass from Jovan Kirovski and then moved around the Galaxy keeper Joe Cannon. As Cannon stretched out on the turf, Casey maintained his balance and his shot easily met the net.

Casey described the goal, “I had a bad angle, but was able to cut back and Cannon was on the ground. I just slotted it in to an empty net.”

It was just 8 minutes later when Rapids midfielder Colin Clark also opened his scoring account. No Rapids player was more deserving of a goal than Clark. He literally ran his way onto the starting squad with his gritty performances in the previous three matches.

In this instance, Conor Casey dribbled into the Galaxy area and then fed the ball to Terry Cooke. Cooke sent a low cross into the box where a wide-open Clark chipped the ball over the head of Galaxy keeper Joe Cannon.

“We could make a bunch of excuses and say it was travel, or look at the guys who weren’t here, or the games we’ve played lately but we are always disappointed when we lose. There were a lot of guys who showed some character and determination when we were down at half 3-0…”

LA midfielder Kyle Martino

The Rapids closed the scoring with a lucky bounce. Rapids defense man Mike Petke entered the Galaxy penalty area as Terry Cooke delivered a corner kick. Unlucky Joe Cannon tipped the ball directly to unmarked Mike Petke who left-footed the ball into the net.

The Galaxy’s only serious scoring chance game in the 77th minute when striker Alan Gordon broke away from the Rapids defense. He had a 2 on 1 advantage but choose to shoot at the onrushing Rapids keeper Bouna Coundoul. Coundoul stuffed the shot and was on his way to perserve his eighth clean sheet of the season. It is the second time this season that the Rapids have shut-out the Galaxy.

In his post-match comments, Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo was “pleased” with his team. He said, “Right now we are going through an exciting time when we are putting the ball in the back of the net. We are not allowing many chances and we are playing good soccer.”

The Rapids travel to Columbus on September 2 for a 1 PM MT kick-off against the Crew. Casey described the game as “another one we have to win.”

Jovan Kirovski echoed Casey’s sentiments when he said, “[The game against Columbus] is huge. Every game right now is huge. It’s very important that we win [next week]. We’re catching not only Columbus but we’re close to a few teams right now.”

Scoring Summary:









Los Angeles




COL — Conor Casey 1 (Jovan Kirovski 1, Mehdi Ballouchy 1) 26
COL — Colin Clark 1 (unassisted) 34
COL — Mike Petke 1 (unassisted) 43

Los Angeles Galaxy — Joe Cannon, Chris Klein, Troy Roberts, Kyle Veris, Mike Randolph, Gavin Glinton, Kyle Martino (Cobi Jones 66), Mike Caso (Peter Vagenas 46), Josh Tudela, Edson Buddle (Quavas Kirk 46), Alan Gordon,

Substitutes Not Used: Steve Cronin, Carlos Pavon

Colorado Rapids — Bouna Coundoul, Facundo Erpen, Ugo Ihemelu (Tony Sanneh 57), Mike Petke, Brandon Prideaux, Terry Cooke, Mehdi Ballouchy (Herculez Gomez 57), Pablo Mastroeni, Colin Clark (Daniel Osorno 82), Conor Casey, Jovan Kirovski,

Substitutes Not Used: Omar Cummings, Nicolas Hernandez, Jacob Peterson, Zach Thornton

  Colorado Los Angeles
Total Shots: 7 (Herculez Gomez 2) 5 (5 tied with 1)
Shots on Goal: 4 (4 tied with 1) 1 (Alan Gordon 1)
Fouls: 14 (4 tied with 2) 7 (Alan Gordon 2,
Troy Roberts 2)
Offsides: 1 (Conor Casey 1) 1 (Kyle Martino 1)
Corner Kicks: 13 (Terry Cooke 13) 3 (Chris Klein 3)
Saves: 1 (Bouna Coundoul 1) 3 (Chris Klein 3)

Misconduct Summary:
LA — Kyle Veris (caution; Tackle from Behind) 11
COL — Pablo Mastroeni (caution; Dissent) 50

Referee: Brian Hall
Referee’s Assistants: Paul Scott; Peter Balciunas
4th official: Matt Grove
Time of game: 1:46
Attendance: 18,086
Weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 92 degrees

Jeff Cann can be reached at
© Cann/Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC 2007

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Rapids face second conference-leader in five days

Posted on 15 August 2007 by Jeff Cann

Revolution look to dominate Colorado

by Jeff Cann

Commerce City, CO August 15, 2007 — (ASN) The Colorado Rapids [5-9-6; 21 points] host the New England Revolution [10-4-6] on Thursday night at 7 PM MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

The Rapids need help to get into the MLS playoffs as they sit six points behind the Crew. New England looks to add distance to the highly competitive MLS Eastern Conference, with what could be an easy win for them against the offensively anemic Rapids. The Revolution are six points clear of DC United.

The Rapids have won once in their last eleven matches. Last week, they beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0, when Houston midfielder Wayne DeRosario scored an own goal. The Rapids returned to their familiar 4-4-2 formation after several attempts at the popular 3-5-2 formation. Playing the 3-5-2 did not help the Rapids goalscoring – they average less than 0.5 goals per match.

This is the first regular season match between the two teams. Colorado is 14-10-4 all-time against New England.

Facts and Figures

  • Revolution striker Taylor Twellman has scored 9 goals in his career against the Rapids.
  • Rapids Goal Keeper Bouna Coundoul is on pace to set the record for season saves for the Rapids. He has 82 saves this season and allows 1.25 goals per match.
  • New England has advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship game each of the past four years.
  • In Colorado, the Rapids have not lost to New England since 2002.
  • New England begins a two-game road trip in Commerce City.

Injury Report Colorado

OUT: MF Nico Colacula (R hip);
DOUBTFUL: DF Mike Petke (L quadriceps);
PROBABLE: DF Dan Gargan (L shoulder)

New England

OUT: MF Joe Franchino (R peroneal tendon surgery);
DOUBTFUL: FW Arsene Oka (R MCL sprain);
QUESTIONABLE: Chris Loftus (L quadriceps strain);
PROBABLE: GK Doug Warren (concussion

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© Cann/Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC 2007

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Rapids shock Houston 1-0

Posted on 11 August 2007 by Jeff Cann

Lucky own goal a gift to Rapids’ lackluster offense

by Jeff Cann

Commerce City, CO August 11, 2007 – (ASN) The Rapids entered their match against the Houston Dynamo in the midst of a 10-game winless streak. They emerge lucky to knock-off the defending MLS Champion 1-0. The Dynamo [10-7-4; 34 points] slipped into second place in the Western Conference. The Rapids remain in fourth place [5-9-6; 21 points], but are five points behind the Columbus Crew for the eighth playoff position.

The Rapids offense has been on life support for the past two months. They have scored a paltry five goals in the past ten games. In only one of those games did the Rapids score more than a single goal. The Rapids seem to be bitten by a lack of confidence on offense, hitting the post and missing empty nets on many occasions during this slump.

Against Houston, the Rapids luck would change in the 61st minute during a set play. Terry Cooke sent in a cross into the Dynamo box where midfielder Dewayne De Rosario attempted to head the ball clear, but instead sent it past keeper Pat Onstad into the Dynamo net.

Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo said after the game that “anytime you can get a win, specifically against a team like Houston at home, it’s something that makes you feel very comfortable.”

“I have a very hostile team in the locker room. The red card, I thought should have been a red card, but I think there should have been one in the other direction. But you can’t blame the referee. You have to be able to go out there and play and keep your composure, and come away with the win…”

Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo

However, the win was not in the bag after the own goal. Play became more physical, and Dynamo midfielder Joseph Ngwenya was the catalyst. In the 71st minute, Colorado defender Mike Petke and Ngwenya were both issued yellow cards after a hard collision that left both players angry.

The physical play culminated in the 77th minute when Rapids defender Ugo Ihemelu was shown a straight red card for a foul on Ngwenya. Ihemelu will miss the upcoming Thursday night match. The Rapids have two more games at home to earn crucial points to catch the Crew to qualify for the MLS playoffs.

The Rapids play their next match on Thursday, August 16, when they host the Eastern Conference leaders New England Revolution. The Dynamo host FC Dallas on August 19.

Scoring Summary:













COL — Own Goal (Dwayne De Rosario) 61

Houston Dynamo — Pat Onstad, Craig Waibel, Ryan Cochrane (Corey Ashe 46), Patrick Ianni, Wade Barrett, Brian Mullan, Ricardo Clark, Dwayne De Rosario, Richard Mulrooney, Nate Jaqua (Brian Ching 63), Joseph Ngwenya,

Substitutes Not Used: Mike Chabala, Stuart Holden, Eddie Robinson, Zach Wells, Chris Wondolowski

Colorado Rapids — Bouna Coundoul, Dan Gargan, Ugo Ihemelu, Mike Petke (Conor Casey 85), Brandon Prideaux, Terry Cooke, Jovan Kirovski, Pablo Mastroeni, Colin Clark, Herculez Gomez (Nick LaBrocca 94+), Jacob Peterson (Facundo Erpen 78),

Substitutes Not Used: Jose Cancela, Nicolas Hernandez, Daniel Osorno, Zach Thornton

  Colorado Houston
Total Shots: 4 (Herculez Gomez 2) 10 (Dwayne De Rosario 5)
Shots on Goal: 2 (Herculez Gomez 1,
Jovan Kirovski 1)
5 (4 tied with 1)
Fouls: 12 (Ugo Ihemelu 3,
Brandon Prideaux 3)
19 (Patrick Ianni 5)
Offsides: 0 5 (Joseph Ngwenya 2)
Corner Kicks: 3 (Terry Cooke 3) 4 (Richard Mulrooney 4)
Saves: 4 (Bouna Coundoul 4) 2 (Pat Onstad 2)

Misconduct Summary:
COL — Herculez Gomez (caution; Deliberate Handball) 4
HOU — Ryan Cochrane (caution; Professional Foul) 44
HOU — Joseph Ngwenya (caution; Game Disrepute) 71
COL — Mike Petke (caution; Game Disrepute) 71
COL — Ugo Ihemelu (ejection; Denied Goal Scoring Opportunity (Foul)) 77
HOU — Craig Waibel (caution; Reckless Foul) 80
COL — Brandon Prideaux (caution; Reckless Foul) 81

Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee’s Assistants: George Vergara; Jose Corro
4th official: Ben Chouaf
Time of game: 1:52
Attendance: 18,024
Weather: Sunny -and- 88 degrees

Jeff Cann can be reached at
© Cann/Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC 2007

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Never a Dull Moment at RSL

Posted on 09 August 2007 by ASN Staff

Ellinger resigns after Real win
by Kali Korbis

SALT LAKE CITY August 9, 2007 (ASN)- Despite getting their second win of the season last weekend, Real Salt Lake have still had their share of ups and downs this week.

RSL defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 last Saturday on a Robbie Findley goal, despite missing Andy Williams to suspension and Alecko Eskandarian to injury.

Findley took advantage of a miscue by the Dynamo defense in the 84th minute, effectively ending Houston’s eleven-game unbeaten streak.

© Julia Fizer /gypsyspirit photos
Robbie Findley took MLS goal of the week honors

However, Real’s technical director, John Ellinger, resigned on Tuesday. The reason for Ellinger’s resignation is unclear, although the former RSL head coach admitted to The Salt Lake Tribune that he had struggled with his current situation, which left him in an administrative role after Jason Kreis took over head coaching duties.

RSL’s owner Dave Checketts released a statement regarding Ellinger’s resignation, stating, “Real Salt Lake will be eternally grateful for all that John Ellinger has given this organization since our inception.”

“John was tireless in his pioneering efforts as our first head coach and more recently as our technical director, enlightening players, fans, media, and the community-at-large with his expertise and in building and developing the fantastic soccer culture in Utah. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

RSL have also been without a general manager since Steve Pastorino was asked to resign several months ago. Ellinger had been advising Kreis on player-personnel issues.

In addition, Real have a two-week layoff with which to contend. Their next game will be at home against the Chicago Fire on August 18.

“Now the key is to stay on track,” said RSL captain Eddie Pope after Saturday’s win. “We wish there was another game right away so we could build momentum, but we’ve just got to stay sharp over the next several days and go into the next game.”

Meanwhile, Findley won the MLS Goal of the Week award for his goal against the Dynamo, which occurred on his 22nd birthday.

Kreis said of Findley’s performance against Houston: “He was absolutely unbelievable the entire game and the goal really just capped off all of the hard work that he put into that match. That just blew my mind the amount of work he was putting in, the lost causes he was chasing down in the first half, making sliding tackles to keep the ball in play and into the box. For me, man of the match, no question.”

“It couldn’t be better,” said Findley of his goal. “A win’s always good.”

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Beckham In America

Posted on 02 August 2007 by ASN Staff

Beckham – in America

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