Rapids Miss Chance to Jump Up Standings Lose to Chivas USA 1-0

CARSON CA (Saturday September 23 2006)- The Colorado Rapids remained in fourth place in the Western Conference despite tonight’s 1-0 loss to Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center. The lone goal of the game came in the 34th minute when Francisco Mendoza netted the game-winner for the home team.

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The Rapids came close to opening the scoring in the 13th minute of the game when Nicolas Hernandez was brought down five yards outside Chivas’ penalty area setting up a dangerous freekick. Spanish defender Aitor Karanka’s powerful shot went through the defensive wall but was blocked by a sea of Chivas players’ legs. The rebound landed at the feet of Thiago Martins three yards away from goal but the Brazilian was caught in an offside position.

Clint Mathis came close to scoring for the Rapids in the 33rd minute when he sprinted to collect a loose ball inside of the home team’s penalty area. Mathis beat both the defender and the goalkeeper in the race but was only able to tip the ball which went wide to the left of the goal.

A minute later Mendoza netted the lone goal of the night after dribbling past two Rapids defenders. Mendoza beat Joe Cannon to his left post from seven yards out.

Hernandez had another good scoring opportunity in the 58th minute when he stole the ball from defender Claudio Suarez and broke free on a one-on-one situation against Chivas 'keeper Brad Guzan. Hernandez’ close-range shot was blocked by Guzan’s right foot.

In the dying moments of the match substitute striker Jovan Kirovski came close to scoring the equalizer. Kirovski met a cross from Karanka just inside the penalty area but his header was controlled by Guzan.

The Rapids will next travel to the East Coast next weekend to take on the New England Revolution on Saturday September 30 at 5:00 pm (MT) at Gillette Stadium.

Lineups:

COL: Joe Cannon Dan Gargan Aitor Karanka Mike Petke Hunter Freeman Kyle Beckerman Clint Mathis (Melvin Tarley 81) Pablo Mastroeni Nicolas Hernandez Thiago Martins (Jovan Kirovski 68) Jacob Peterson
Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul Eric Denton Daniel Wasson Chris Wingert Colin Clark
Head Coach: Fernando Clavijo

CHV: Brad Guzan Lawson Vaughn (Jason Hernandez 76) Carlos Llamosa Claudio Suarez Orlando Perez (Jesus Morales 69) Juan Pablo Garcia Sacha Kljestan (Johnny Garcia 69) Jesse Marsch Francisco Mendoza Jonathan Bornstein Ante Razov
Substitutes Not Used: Esteban Arias Preston Burpo Matt Taylor Brent Whitfield
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

referee: Richard Heron
Referee's Assistants: Fabio Tovar; Chris Strickland
4th official: Ramon Hernandez
time of game: 1:53
attendance: 14991
weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 72 degrees