Rapids Crash Out of US Open Cup

Seattle WA (Tuesday August 7 2007)- TheColorado Rapids fell to the Seattle Sounders 5-0 tonight in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

In the fourth minute Conor Casey controlled the ball at the top of the Seattle penalty area with time to shot before he attempted to slot a pass to an onrushing Colin Clark but it was just too far for the Fort Collins native.

The Sounders cleared a ball off the line in the 20th minute. Casey headed a Jose Cancela cross to the far post but former Rapids player Danny Jackson recovered to save the goal.

The Rapids went down 1-0 in the 23rd minute. Josh Gardner swung in a corner kick that was knocked over the line by Taylor Graham at the back post.

In the 25th minute Seattle scored again when Zach Scott headed in a quickly taken free kick from Leighton O’Brien.

Seattle went up 3-0 on an Ugo Ihemelu own goal. Zach Thornton made an excellent save on Roger Levesque but the shot caromed in off the Rapids defender.

Herculez Gomez found himself on the back post with the ball in the 45th minute but goalkeeper Chris Eylander made a tough save to keep Seattle’s advantage.
In the 49th minute the Rapids found themselves reduced to 10 men on the pitch as defender Facundo Erpen was shown his second yellow card on the night for a tackle on a Seattle attacker.

Thornton thwarted Scott in the 54th minute. The former MLS Goalkeeper of the Year made a reflex save his finest of the night.

In the 56th minute Thornton got a piece but not enough of a Gardner shot that went in the net for the fourth Sounders goal.

A breakaway goal by Le Toux made the difference five in the 68th minute.

Scoring Summary:
SEA – Graham (Gardner) 23

SEA – Scott (O’Brien) 25

SEA – Own Goal (Ihemelu) 43

SEA – Gardner (Le Toux) 56

SEA – Le Toux (unassisted) 68

Lineups:

Colorado Rapids – Zach Thornton Brandon Prideaux Ugo Ihemelu Facundo Erpen Colin Clark (Niko Hernandez 45) Jacob Peterson Pablo Mastroeni (Jovan Kirovski 60) Jose Cancela (Dan Gargan 51) Mehdi Ballouchy Conor Casey Herculez Gomez (Daniel Osorno 64)
Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul Terry Cooke Nick LaBrocca

Seattle Sounders – Chris Eylander Kevin Sakuda Danny Jackson Taylor Graham Zach Scott Kenji Treschuk (Nate Knox 79) Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar Leighton O’Brien (Greg Howes 45) Josh Gardner Sebastien Le Toux (Andre Schmid 71) Roger Levesque (Noah Merl 56)

Substitutes Not Used: Ben Dragavon Adam West Santa Maria Rivera

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Gomez (Caution) 29

SEA – Treschuk (Caution) 29

COL – Erpen (Caution) 38

COL – Cancela (Caution) 43

SEA – O’Brien (Caution) 43

COL – Erpen (Ejection second caution) 49

SEA – Le Toux (Caution) 69

Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Referees Assts.: Jeff Hosking Mike Rottersman

Fourth Official: Shahram Pourazari

Attendance: 6619
Colorado Rapids All-Time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup history and results:

1996: Advanced to semifinal round
Defeated: Kansas City Wizards (3-2)
Lost t Rochester Raging Rhinos (0-3)

1997: Lost in third round
Lost t Chicago Stingers (1-2)

1998: Lost in qualification round
Lost to Miami Fusion (2-3)

1999: Advanced to championship game
Defeated: Seattle Sounders (1-0) Tampa Bay Mutiny (1-0) Charleston Battery (3-0)
Lost t Rochester Raging Rhinos (0-2)

2000: Lost in third round
Lost t Richmond Kickers (0-3)

2001: Lost in third round
Lost t Pittsburgh Riverhounds (0-2)

2002: Advanced to quarterfinal round
Defeated: Charleston Battery (1-0)
Lost t Dallas Burn (0-1)

2003: Advance to quarterfinal round
Defeated: Kansas City Wizards (3-2)
Lost t Chicago Fire (1-2)

2004: Lost in fourth round
Lost t Dallas Burn (0-3)

2005: Lost in fourth round
Lost t Minnesota Thunder (1-4)

2006: Advanced to quarterfinal round
Defeated: Real Salt Lake (1-0)
Lost t LA Galaxy (3-1)

2007: Advanced to quarterfinal round
Defeated: Real Salt Lake (2-1 [MLS qualifying match]) California Victory (3-1)
Lost t Seattle Sounders (5-0)