Dominance Continues: Rapids Defeat Rivals Real 2-0 in Salt Lake
Bouna Coundoul made the first save of the game in the 15th minute. Jeff Cunningham cut a ball from the near side to Mehdi Ballouchy. The former Colorado Rapids U-23 player’s one time shot was smothered by Coundoul.
Chris Seitz made his first MLS save in the 19th minute. Kyle Beckerman received a pass after an extended period of Rapids possession but his chip shot was caught by the young RSL ‘keeper.
Terry Cooke found Niko Hernandez in front of the Real goal in the 40th minute with a corner kick but the Argentine’s header sailed over the crossbar.
Freddy Adu had the first half’s last scoring opportunity as his long distance shot went just over the crossbar of Coundoul’s goal just before the halftime whistle sounded.
Chris Klein hit the outside of the near post side netting with an 18-yard drive in the 57th minute.
Rookie Nico Colaluca made his professional debut for the Rapids when he came on for Cooke in the 69th minute.
On the replay of the free kick Kyle Beckerman one of the Rapids' Golden Boot winners in 2006 doubled the score line. Herculez Gomez banged his shot off a charging
The Rapids next return to the friendly confines of Dick’s
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Colorado Rapids – Bouna Coundoul Ugo Ihemelu Mike Petke Pablo Mastroeni Greg Vanney Terry Cooke (Nico Colaluca 69) Kyle Beckerman Jovan Kirovski Herculez Gomez (Dan Gargan 88) Roberto Brown Nicolas Hernandez
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton Daniel Wasson Chris Wingert Conor Casey Jose Cancela
Real Salt Lake – Chris Seitz Jack Stewart Eddie Pope Daniel Torres Willis Forko (Atiba Harris 78) Chris Klein Mehdi Ballouchy Jason Kreis Carey Talley Freddy Adu Jeff Cunningham
Substitutes Not Used: Nick Rimando Nikolas Besagno Chris Brown Duke Hashimoto Chris Lancos Jamie Watson
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Referee: Abbey Okulaja
Referees Assts.: Emiliano Monje; Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Tyler Ploeger