Rapids Offensive Struggles Continue With 0-1 Loss To Toronto

COMMERCE CITY CO. (Saturday August 9 2008) – The Colorado Rapids were held scoreless for a second straight match as Toronto FC claimed a 1-0 victory Saturday afternoon at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Toronto FC entered the match without their full compliment of players due to injuries suspensions or international duty but despite the handicap TFC found a 44th minute goal from newly acquired forward Chad Barrett to secure just their second road win of the season.
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In what has developed into a surprising trend for Colorado over the last two games the Rapids have out-shot their opponents 44 to 13 including 21 to 8 against Toronto but have failed to find the back of the net.
The Rapids had the contest’s first scoring opportunity in the third minute when a Conor Casey header went wide of Greg Sutton’s net.
Colorado controlled much of the possession and took the majority of the shots throughout the first half but an Ugo Ihemelu foul on Rohan Ricketts set up the only goal of the match. With a free kick opportunity around 28 yards from goal Barrett sent a bending shot into the upper left side of the net to give Toronto the lead with just minutes left before the break.
The Rapids found themselves playing a man down over the course of the last 20 minutes as Colin Clark received his second yellow card this time for a reckless foul on Nana Attakora-Gyan that sent the visiting player crashing into the field boards.
Despite the setback Colorado continued their offensive pressure and had several quality shots on goal in the closing minutes from Terry Cooke Mehdi Ballouchy and Herculez Gomez but to no avail.
The Rapids close out their four-game home stand next week as Colorado host the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday August 16 at 7:30 p.m. MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Scoring Summary:
TOR – Barrett (unassisted) 44
Lineups:
Toronto FC:
Greg Sutton Julius James Nana Attakora-Gyan Tyrone Marshall (Tyler Rosenlund 32) Jim Brennan Rohan Ricketts (Gabe Gala 78) Kevin Harmse Carl Robinson Jarrod Smith Chad Barrett (Danny Dichio 82) Abdus Ibrahim
Substitutes Not Used: Brian Edwards Joey Melo
Colorado Rapids: Bouna Coundoul Jose Burciaga Jr. (Tom McManus 72) Ugo Ihemelu Facundo Erpen Terry Cooke Mehdi Ballouchy Pablo Mastroeni Colin Clark Omar Cummings Christian Gomez (Nick LaBrocca 60) Conor Casey (Herculez Gomez 60)
Substitutes Not Used: Preston Burpo Greg Dalby Jacob Peterson Mike Petke
Misconduct Summary:
COL – Cooke (Caution) 32
COL – Clark (Caution) 45
COL – Mastroeni (Caution) 63
COL – Clark (Ejection; second caution) 70
TOR – Sutton (Caution) 78
TOR – Robinson (Caution) 81
TOR – Dichio (Caution) 84
Referee: Richard Heron
Referees Assts.: Anthony Vasoli; Jose Corro
Fourth Official: Ben Chouaf
Attendance: 11752