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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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