Rapids Drop 2-0 Decision to DC United on the Road

WASHINGTON D.C. (Saturday September 17 2005) - The Colorado Rapids dropped a 2-0 decision to DC United tonight at RFK Stadium in front of a crowd of 21875.

(To view video highlights from this match CLICK HERE).

DC United forward Jamil Walker created the first scoring opportunity for the home team in the 5th minute when he one-timed a high ball from the top of the Rapids 18 yard box. His powerful shot bounced off Joe Cannon's crossbar before sailing out of bounds.

The Rapids responded two minutes later when newly-acquired Jovan Kirovski headed a cross from his former Manchester United teammate Terry Cooke. Kirovski connected inside of the home team's penalty area but his bouncing header was well contained by D.C. goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

Midfielder Eric Denton had the best scoring opportunity for the Rapids in the first half when he received a long cross on the far side of D.C.'s penalty area where he was running in without a mark. From just 12 yards out Denton controlled the cross but was pressured by a defender moments before he unleashed a left footed shot that went flying into the stands.

The first goal of the match came in the 65th minute as Rapids substitute goalkeeper Byron Foss was beaten by an accurate shot from 20 yards out. Argentine midfielder Christian Gomez curved a free kick over the Rapids' defensive wall and into the upper right corner of the Rapids' net where Foss reached the ball but was unable to deflect it giving DC a 1-0 lead.

The second tally of the game came in the 80th minute when Jaime Moreno cleared just enough space inside of the visiting team's penalty area to get a well-placed shot on goal that beat Foss to his far post.

Goalkeeper Joe Cannon left the field with a sore left abdominal strain that had been bothering him for over a week. He will be evaluated on Monday by the team's medical staff.

Midfielder Alain Nkong who recently returned to the United States after missing two games due to personal reasons will be suspended for the next match due to caution point accumulation from a yellow card he received during the match.

Referee Hilario Grajeda issued a total of nine yellow cards in a game that saw 42 fouls. Six of the cards were shown to the Black and Blue.

The Rapids will next return home to face their Western Division rivals Real Salt Lake this Wednesday September 21st at 7:30 p.m. (MT) at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

Colorado Rapids (9-13-4) vs. D.C. United (14-9-5)
September 17 2005 -- RFK Stadium

Scoring Summary:
DC -- Christian Gomez 10 (unassisted) 65
DC -- Jaime Moreno 13 (Dema Kovalenko 4 Santino Quaranta 5) 80

LINEUPS:

Colorado Rapids -- Joe Cannon (Byron Foss 59) Ricky Lewis (Dan Gargan 57) Ritchie Kotschau Mike Petke Eric Denton (Alain Nkong 77) Terry Cooke Jovan Kirovski Pablo Mastroeni Kyle Beckerman Jeff Cunningham Jean Philippe Peguero.
Substitutes Not Used: Dedi Ben Dayan Luchi Gonzalez

D.C. United -- Nick Rimando Bryan Namoff Facundo Erpen Brandon Prideaux Santino Quaranta (Clyde Simms 89) Brian Carroll Christian Gomez (Freddy Adu 85) Ben Olsen Dema Kovalenko Jaime Moreno Jamil Walker (Joshua Gros 70).
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Boswell Shawn Kuykendall Matt Nickell Troy Perkins John Wilson

Misconduct Summary:
COL -- Eric Denton (caution; Persistent Infringement) 20
DC -- Brandon Prideaux (caution; Pushing Holding) 21
COL -- Kyle Beckerman (caution; Persistent Infringement) 61
COL -- Jovan Kirovski (caution; Pushing Holding) 63
COL -- Terry Cooke (caution; Reckless Foul) 69
COL -- Mike Petke (caution; Dissent) 72
DC -- Christian Gomez (caution; Dissent) 74
DC -- Santino Quaranta (caution; Reckless Foul) 86
COL -- Alain Nkong (caution; Reckless Foul) 87

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: George Gansner; Adam Wienckowski
4th official: Ben Jones
Time of game: 1:50
Attendance: 21875