Rapids Miss Out on Playoffs for First Time in Six Years
Colin Clark had the first clear scoring chance of the night in the 32nd minute. Jovan Kirovski played a beautiful pass to put
Bouna Coundoul was called into action to keep the game level in the 37th minute. Fabian Espindola was on a breakaway and was one-on-one with Coundoul but the Senegalese 'keeper raced out and smothered the ball before Espindola could shoot.
Conor Casey had the next scoring opportunity in the 38th minute. After receiving a pass from Jacob Peterson the Denver South HS product saw his first shot of the game hit the side netting.
The Rapids were forced to burn two substitutions in the first half when Terry Cooke (left knee) and Ugo Ihemelu (eye injury) had to leave with injuries.
Former Rapids player Ritchie Kotschau broke up a
In the 54th minute former
A diving save from Rimando kept the game even in the 62nd minute. Peterson forced the save on an excellent shot from the right side.
The Rapids' playoff hopes took a serious blow in the 87th minute with a strike from RSL. The goal started with a long ball from Carey Talley that caught the wind and was carried over and behind the Rapids defense. Robbie Findley ran it down and neatly slid the ball past Coundoul to break the deadlock.
The Rapids nearly equalized in the 88th minute when the rebound from an Omar Cummings shot fell to Tony Sanneh at the top of the box. The veteran defender put a rocket on net only for it to be stopped by a spectacular save from Rimando.
RSL – Findley (Talley) 87'
Colorado Rapids – Bouna Condoul Kosuke Kimura Ugo Ihemelu (Tony Sanneh 40) Mike Petke Facundo Erpen Terry Cooke (Jacob Peterson 22) Pablo Mastroeni Jose Cancela Colin Clark Conor Casey Jovan Kirovski (Omar Cummings 61)
Substitutes not used: Zach Thornton Daniel Osorno Nicolas Hernandez Mehdi Ballouchy
Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando Chris Wingert Matias Mantilla Eddie Pope (Chris Lancos 54) Ritchie Kotschau Nathan Sturgis Carey Talley Kyle Beckerman Chris Brown (Andy Williams 73) Alecko Eskandarian Fabian Espindola (Robbie Findley 57)
Substitutes not used: Chris Seitz Kyle Brown Atiba Harris Dustin Kirby
RSL – Beckerman (Caution) 1
RSL – Talley (Caution) 34
RSL – Mantilla (Caution) 90
Referees Assts.: Paul Scott; Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Jozef Batko