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Independence Day Dud

Posted on 04 July 2007 by Jeff Cann

Rapids Tie Crew at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

by Jeff Cann

Denver, CO July 4, 2007 — (ASN) Since the inception of the MLS, the Colorado Rapids have hosted an Independence Day match. Colorado is 10-1 playing matches on Independence Day, losing only to Columbus in 1999. The Rapids Independence Day match features a fireworks celebration after the match. This was the only real fireworks tonight as the play on the field resulted in a scoreless draw against the Columbus Crew.

The only good news for the Rapids [4-7-5: 17 pts.] is that after losing 5 consecutive games, they have tied their last two games. Their winless streak dates back to the last week of May. During this time, they have falling from 2nd to 4th place in the MLS Western Conference. The Crew [4-4-7; 18 pts.] remain in 5th place in the MLS Eastern Conference.

The lively action in the match did not translate into significant scoring opportunities as Colorado had two shots on goal and Columbus had three shots on goal.

The Rapids had the first scoring chance of the match in the fourth minute when striker Jacob Peterson flicked a ball toward the Columbus penalty box. Rapids midfielder Jovan Kirvoski ran past his mark and sent a near-perfect pass through the Crew box. Niko Hernandez missed an easy chance that would have put the Rapids ahead 1-0.

The Crew’s first significant chances came in the 25th and 27th minutes, courtesy of Alejandro Moreno. The first chance was Moreno’s hard shot, covered by Rapids keeper Bouna Coundoul. Two minutes later, Moreno beat Condoul but hit the near-post. Condoul was not challenged again until late in the second half.

The Rapids had another excellent scoring chance late in the game on a quick counter-attack. Rapids substitute Omar Cummings sent a cross to Niko Hernandez who layed off a great pass to the trailing striker Jacob Peterson. Facing an open net, Peterson should have scored, but he could not place his shot on goal.

Next Match
The Rapids host the MLS Eastern Conference leaders NY Red Bull on Sunday July 8th at 7:00 PM MT. They also will play on Tuesday, July 10th in a US Open Cup match, hosting the California Victory of the USL.

Columbus will host Real Salt Lake on Saturday, July 7th.

Scoring Summary:












Columbus Crew — Will Hesmer, Frankie Hejduk, Marcos Gonzalez, Rusty Pierce, Chad Marshall, Danny O’Rourke, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Andy Herron 76), Ned Grabavoy, Ezra Hendrickson (Stefani Miglioranzi 68), Kei Kamara (Jacob Thomas 59), Alejandro Moreno

Substitutes Not Used: Jason Garey, Andy Gruenebaum, Andrew Peterson, Jed Zayner

Colorado Rapids — Bouna Coundoul, Dan Gargan, Facundo Erpen, Ugo Ihemelu, Brandon Prideaux, Terry Cooke (Nico Colaluca 73), Jovan Kirovski, Daniel Wasson, Colin Clark (Omar Cummings 81), Nicolas Hernandez, Jacob Peterson

Substitutes Not Used: Roberto Brown, Jose Cancela, Stephen Keel, Nick LaBrocca, Zach Thornton

Colorado Columbus
Total Shots: 10 (3 tied with 2) 8 (Alejandro Moreno 3)
Shots on Goal: 2 (Terry Cooke 1,
Nicolas Hernandez 1)
3 (3 tied with 1)
Fouls: 15 (Facundo Erpen 3,
Jovan Kirovski 3)
11 (Alejandro Moreno 3)
Offsides: 4 (Nicolas Hernandez 3) 5 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 2,
Alejandro Moreno 2)
Corner Kicks: 6 (Terry Cooke 5) 3 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 3)
Saves: 3 (Bouna Coundoul 3) 2 (Will Hesmer 2)

Misconduct Summary:
COL — Facundo Erpen (caution; Professional Foul) 71

Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry; Jose Corro
4th official: Ben Chouaf
Time of game: 1:53
Attendance: 18,086
Weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 94 degrees

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


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