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Rapids tie FC Dallas, 1-1

Posted on 02 August 2010 by pshea

For the third consecutive home game, the Colorado Rapids left Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a 1-1 tie, this time against FC Dallas on Saturday afternoon. Although they didn’t anticipate an own goal from Rapids defender Julien Baudet, the visitors executed their plan and came up with the opening score in the 22nd minute.

“I thought Marvell [Wynne] was being caught out of position a few times,” noted FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “That’s something we talked about at our pregame meeting because we know he’ll attack. Even though he’s probably the most athletic player in the league, we thought we’d have a few opportunities to cut the ball behind him and get off some crosses.”

Rapids fans marvel at Wynne’s ability to retreat rapidly. When the defender chases down opponents, the crowd sounds astonished. But when David Ferreira slipped a perfectly weighted through ball to Jair Benitez streaking down the left wing, Wynne couldn’t recover enough to block the cross from Benitez. Baudet got the step on Atiba Harris and connected with a desperate lunge, but he redirected the ball into the net.

Four minutes later, Baudet had a chance to erase his bad fortune with a goal off a corner kick from Jamie Smith, but Harris blocked the ball with his hand in the penalty box. Mehdi Ballouchy buried the penalty kick to even the score, taking responsibility in lieu of the injured Conor Casey, who is three for three from the penalty spot this season.

“To be honest,” Hyndman noted, “not having Conor out there changed our approach to the game.”

Rapids head coach Gary Smith positioned Omar Cummings alone up top, and former Rapids defender Ugo Ihemelu used his speed to limit Cummings to only one shot in the 17th minute. Working with George John in the middle, Ihemelu stifled Colorado’s chances (four out of 10 shots on goal all afternoon).

“He has confidence in me,” Ihemelu said of Hyndman. “He’s a guy I trust and respect, and he always tells me what’s on his mind.”

Hyndman, who coached Ihemelu at Southern Methodist University, jumped at the chance to acquire the swift defender in a trade with Colorado last year.

Smith’s halftime speech on Saturday was succinct. “I told them to move the ball slightly quicker, and we had to find more aggressive areas just in front of their back four to release our wide players or Omar.

Smith credited John and Ihemelu for making it “really difficult for Omar.”

“Slowly but surely we added fresh legs and a player up front,” Smith said of his endgame plan, bringing in Quincy Amarikwa in the 73rd minute and Claudio Lopez with about 10 minutes of play remaining. But it wasn’t enough to generate a goal and three points for the club.

The Rapids host the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (7:00 kickoff).

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