HOUSTON TX (Sunday April 19 2009) – The Colorado Rapids snapped a three-game unbeaten streak falling to the Houston Dynamo 0-1 Sunday afternoon at Robertson Stadium.
The victory was Dynamo’s first of the season and moved Colorado’s all-time record in Houston to 0-4-1.
With the visiting team needing a goal to even the score Conor Casey dribbled his way around the left corner of the field through four Dynamo defenders before being fouled by Geoff Cameron setting up a penalty kick situation in the 83rd minute.
Casey who entered the match as the league’s leading scorer took the PK attempt only to be denied by goalkeeper Pat Onstad with a diving save to his right. Onstad would also save the rebound attempt by Terry Cooke as the Rapids would be held scoreless for the first time this season.
The first half was characterized by physical play as both teams battled their way through maintaining any type of possession or flow to the match.
Houston were able to tally the match’s only goal in the 20th minute when Brad Davis crossed in a ball from the left side of the pitch to the near post finding Brian Ching about six yards from goal. Ching flicked the oncoming pass with his head redirecting it just out of the reach of goalkeeper Preston Burpo as the ball snuck into the upper right hand corner of the net.
The Rapids have now finished their longest road trip of the season with a 1-1-1 record as they return to Colorado next week to play their first home game in almost a month hosting the LA Galaxy this Saturday April 25 at 7:30 pm MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
AT&T Rapids Man of the Match: Pablo Mastroeni
HOU- Ching (Davis Holden) 20
Colorado Rapids: Preston Burpo Jordan Harvey Ugo Ihemelu Scott Palguta Kosuke Kimura Mehdi Ballouchy Nick LaBrocca (Terry Cooke 68) Colin Clark Pablo Mastroeni Conor Casey Omar Cummings
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Pickens Ty Harden Greg Dalby Cory Gibbs Jacob Peterson Gregory Richardson
Houston Dynam Pat Onstad Richard Mulrooney Brian Mullan Kei Kamara Brad Davis Ricardo Clark Geoff Cameron Stuart Holden Wade Barrett Brian Ching (Corey Ashe 86) Bobby Boswell
Substitutes Not Used: Tally Hall Julius James Danny Cruz Chris Wondolowski Craig Waibel Andrew Hainault
COL- Casey (caution; Reckless Tackle) 25
COL- Clark (caution; Reckless Tackle) 28
HOU- Clark (caution; Reckless Tackle) 34
COL- Mastroeni (caution; Reckless Foul) 58
HOU- Davis (caution; Reckless Tackle) 63
COL- Cummings (caution; Goalkeeper Interference) 73
Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee's Assistants: Frank Anderson; Cyril Madukanya
Fourth official: Landis Wiley