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Rapids unable to find their home mojo

Posted on 08 July 2007 by Jeff Cann

Lose 1-0 to NY Red Bulls

by Jeff Cann

COMMERCE CITY, CO July 8, 2007 (ASN) — For the first 11 MLS seasons, the Colorado Rapids played in cavernous 75,000+ seat Mile High stadium, home of the NFL Denver Broncos. Despite the empty seats, the Rapids held a significant home-field advantage, winning the majority of their home games.

This season, the Rapids hoped to build another dominant home-field tradition with the opening of the $131 million dollar Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

After nine home games, the home field advantage is officially dead as the Rapids lost to New York Red Bulls 1-0, slipping their home record to 2-3-4.

The Rapids remain in 4th place in the MLS Western Conference [4-8-5; 17 points]. The NYRB moves back into first place in the MLS Eastern conference with a record of 7-5-3 [24 points].

The NYRB opened the scoring in the 19th minute when striker John Wolyniec received a poorly cleared ball about 25 yards out from the Colorado net. He stepped into the ball and beat Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundol to the far post. It was Wolyniec’s second goal of the season. This closed the scoring for the evening as NYRB were happy to protect their lead against the worst offensive team in the MLS.

The Rapids first scoring chance came in the 27th minute. Rapids midfielder Kyle Beckerman crossed the ball to Terry Cooke who sent a low pass across the NYRB goal area to a wide-open Rapids midfielder Jovan Kirovski. He tried with his heel to flick the ball toward an open net but missed badly.

In the 72nd minute the Rapids finally earned a shot on goal when Rapids striker Herculez Gomez back-heeled a pass to Jovan Kirovski. He drilled the ball from 25 yards out, beating NYRB keeper Ronald Waterreus but the ball hit the cross bar. Such is the fate of a team that has scored 7 goals in 15 matches this season.

The Rapids play their next match on Tuesday, July 10 in the U.S. Open Cup against USL team The California Victory. The NYRB host the New England Revolution on July 14th.

Scoring Summary:









New York




NY — John Wolyniec 2 (unassisted) 19

Colorado Rapids — Bouna Coundoul, Dan Gargan, Facundo Erpen, Ugo Ihemelu, Brandon Prideaux, Terry Cooke, Kyle Beckerman (Daniel Wasson 46), Colin Clark (Herculez Gomez 46), Nicolas Hernandez (Roberto Brown 59), Jovan Kirovski, Jacob Peterson

Substitutes Not Used: Jose Cancela, Nico Colaluca, Stephen Keel, Zach Thornton

New York Red Bulls — Ronald Waterreus, Hunter Freeman, Carlos Mendes (Joe Vide 54), Jeff Parke, Kevin Goldthwaite, Dane Richards (Markus Schopp 81), Claudio Reyna, Seth Stammler, Clint Mathis, Juan Pablo Angel, John Wolyniec (Dave van den Bergh 71)

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Conway, Chris Leitch, Santino Quaranta, Sinisa Ubiparipovic

  Colorado New York
Total Shots: 14 (Taylor Twellman 4) 10 (Alecko Eskandarian 4)
Shots on Goal: 9 (Taylor Twellman 3) 6 (Alecko Eskandarian 3)
Fouls: 13 (Jeff Larentowicz 3) 18 (Paulo Nagamura 4)
Offsides: 8 (Taylor Twellman 3) 0
Corner Kicks: 4 (Steve Ralston 3) 6 (Carl Robinson 3)
Saves: 6 (Matt Reis 6) 5 (Greg Sutton 5)

Misconduct Summary:
COL — Brandon Prideaux (caution; Professional Foul) 32
NY — Jeff Parke (caution; Persistent Infringement) 56
NY — Joe Vide (caution; Reckless Foul) 68

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants: Anthony Vasoli; Paul Scott
4th official: Matt Grove
Time of game: 1:51
Attendance: 12,708
Weather: Clear -and- 80 degrees

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© Cann/Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC 2007

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