Rapids Stay Unbeaten at Home Earn 2-2 Draw With Seattle

COMMERCE CITY COLO. (Saturday May 23 2009) – The Colorado Rapids saw their unbeaten streak reach four games following the team’s 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
(To watch video hightlights from this match click here).
The tie also kept Colorado still unbeaten at home with a 2-0-2 mark in 2009.
Both teams showed strong offensive attacks throughout the early stages of the match as Colorado and Seattle were able to each net one goal before the half and come up with several shots off the posts and other near misses.
The Sounders struck first in the 17th minute when James Riley served in a cross from the right side to Fredy Montero in the box. On his first touch Montero placed the ball to the upper part of the frame over the outstretched arms of Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens only to see the ball deflect off the crossbar. He quickly regained his composure and finished for his fourth score of the season.
Colorado responded in the 25th minute on a beautifully-timed run by Colin Clark off an Omar Cummings pass. Cummings carried the ball down the right side of the pitch then worked his way down the end line before feeding Clark at the top of the six yard box for a misdirection score.
Right before the half Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller came up with a big save to keep the score locked at 1-1 at the break. Playing in added time Clark found a wide open Nick LaBrocca on the right side creating a one-on-one situation with Keller. The current league leader in goals against average was up to the challenge however making his third save of the half.
The Rapids wasted no time in the second half taking their first lead of the match when Conor Casey tallied his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 47th minute. Casey made his opportunity dribbling into the penalty area with a few step over moves before firing a left footed shot that deflected off of Seattle’s Peter Vagenas past Keller.
Seattle got the equalizer from Nate Jaqua in the 76th minute after Riley again served in a cross from the right side to Montero. Montero headed the ball down to Jaqua just yards from the goal line as the Sounders forward evened the score.
Pickens came up with a big save himself for Colorado in the closing minutes of the game preserving the tie on a diving save off the foot of the Sounders' Patrick Ianni.
The 2-2 result gave Seattle their fourth consecutive draw of the season.
These two teams will be quite familiar with each other in the coming days as they will play for a second time three days in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match this Tuesday May 26 at Starfire Sports Stadium in Seattle at 8 pm MT.
The Rapids return to regular season action next Saturday May 30 when they travel to face the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium at 5:30 pm MT.
AT&T Rapids Man of the Match: Colin Clark
Scoring Summary:
SEA- Montero (unassisted) 17
COL- Clark (Cummings Ballouchy) 25
COL- Casey (Clark) 47
SEA- Jaqua (Montero Riley) 76
Lineups:
Seattle Sounders FC: Kasey Keller Osvaldo Alonso (Stephen King 2) James Riley Peter Vagenas (Patrick Ianni 71) Sebastien Le Toux Steve Zakuani Nathan Sturgis (Tyson Wahl 80) Tyrone Marshall Fredy Montero Nate Jaqua Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Eylander Sanna Nyassi Roger Levesque Taylor Graham
Colorado Rapids: Matt Pickens Jordan Harvey Ugo Ihemelu (Kosuke Kimura 71) Cory Gibbs Mehdi Ballouchy Conor Casey Omar Cummings (Jacob Peterson 79) Nick LaBrocca Colin Clark Pablo Mastroeni Scott Palguta (Ty Harden 77)
Substitutes Not Used: Preston Burpo Greg Dalby Terry Cooke Gregory Richardson
Misconduct Summary:
SEA- Jaqua (caution; Reckless Tackle) 28
SEA- Hurtado (caution; Reckless Tackle) 57
SEA- Vagenas (caution; Handball) 61
COL- Ihemelu (caution; Reckless Tackle) 67
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: Darren Clark Frank Anderson
Fourth Official: Ben Chouaf
Attendance: 16528