Rapids Celebrate Indepedence Day With 4-0 Win Over New York

COMMERCE CITY CO. (Friday July 4 2008) – The Colorado Rapids upped their all-time record on the Fourth of July to 11-1-1 with a 4-0 defeat of the New York Red Bulls in front of a Dick’s Sporting Goods Park record crowd of 18776.
Colorado’s game-winning goal in the 24th minute was only the third first half goal of the season. The Rapids would add another just 12 minutes later and became 6-0-0 on the year when scoring the first goal.
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The Rapids jumped on the board first in the 24th minute when Tom McManus misdirected a Colin Clark cross in front of the net pass Jon Conway for the 1-0 lead. The Colorado score came from a well developed attack out of the Rapids’ defense on a nicely timed pass to Clark from Facundo Erpen.
In the 36th minute the Rapids increased their lead to 2-0 on another three pass play that set up Mehdi Ballouchy for his first goal of the season. Conor Casey pushed the ball out wide right to Terry Cooke who sent a hard low-angle cross to the near post that an on-coming Ballouchy was able to finish.
Rapids ‘keeper Bouna Coundoul came up with a beautiful score preserving diving save in the 41st minute on an open look shot from Dave van den Bergh.
Clark put himself on the score sheet four minutes into the second half. After receiving the ball on the left side the Fort Collins native dribbled into the six yard box and slammed a shot to the far post.
Halftime substitute Omar Cummings scored his fourth goal of the season in the 69th minute. The Jamaican took a pass from McManus at the top of the box before beating one defender and slotting the ball past Conway.
The victory was Colorado’s second of the season in which they won 4-0 in front of a home sell-out crowd with the first coming in the season opener versus Los Angeles on March 29.
Colorado will play two matches next week as the Rapids host Mexican First-Division club Tigres on Wednesday July 9 at 8 p.m. MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for their first international friendly of the season and then travel to San Jose to face the Earthquakes on Sunday July 12 at 2 p.m. MT.
Scoring Summary:
COL- McManus (Clark Erpen) 24
COL- Ballouchy (Cooke Casey) 36
COL- Clark (unassisted) 49
COL- Cummings (McManus Ballouchy) 68
Lineups:
Colorado Rapids
– Bouna Coundoul Ugo Ihemelu Pablo Mastroeni Facundo Erpen Christian Gomez (John DiRaimondo 52) Mehdi Ballouchy Terry Cooke Nick LaBrocca Colin Clark Conor Casey (Omar Cummings 45) Tom McManus (Herculez Gomez 72)
Substitutes not used: Preston Burpo Jordan Harvey Kosuke Kimura Jacob Peterson
New York Red Bulls – Jon Conway Hunter Freeman (Mike Magee 45) Andy Boyens Jeff Parke Dane Richards (Luke Sassano 66) Carlos Mendes Seth Stammler (Juan Pablo Angel 45) Dave van den Bergh Kevin Goldthwaite Oscar Echeverry Sinisa Ubiparipovic
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton Danleigh Borman Chris Leitch John Wolyniec
Misconduct Summary:
NY – Stammler (Caution) 21
COL – Mastroeni (Caution) 82
NY – Boyens (Caution) 88
Referee: Tim Weyland
Referees Assts.: Bill Dittmar; Cyril Madukanya
Fourth Official: Shane Moody
Attendance: 18776