Rapids Take Another Step Toward Playoffs With 1-0

Rapids Take Another Step Toward Playoffs With 1-0 Victory Over DCColorado's Fourth Win in Their Last Five Outings Comes Compliments of Terry Cooke’s Second Goal of the Year vs. the Defending MLS ChampionsDENVER (September 3 2005) – The Colorado Rapids ran their unbeaten streak to five straight games with a 1-0 victory over DC United in front of 17044 fans Saturday night at INVESCO Field at Mile High.(To view video highlights from this match CLICK HERE). The first scoring opportunity of the game came in the 12th minute when Dan Gargan noticed DC ‘keeper Nick Rimando off his line and his chip shot just barley went over the net. Terry Cooke opened the scoring in the match in the 22nd minute when Jean Philippe Peguero was freed down the sideline by Hunter Freeman and crossed to a wide-open Cooke. The Englishman took a touch to his right and ripped a curling shot past Rimando for a highlight goal. (Vote for Cooke's strike for the MLS Goal of the Week by clicking here)!The rest of the half was played mostly in-between the penalty areas until stoppage time when DC's Jamie Moreno made a run past multiple Rapids defenders but his shot was stopped by a diving Joe Cannon. A sloppy clearance in the 51st minute led to a near DC goal. Christian Gomez received the ball in the Colorado penalty area but his shot was off target and went high and to the right. Cannon came up huge for his squad in the 59th minute when he stoned Bryan Namoff’s point blank shot with an incredible reflex save. DC United was reduced to 10 men when Moreno received a red card for violent conduct in the 65th minute as he blatantly tripped Hunter Freeman after the play had been whistled dead directly in front of the referee. Rapids substitute Fabrice Noel came close to scoring his first professional goal in the 85th minute but a diving Rimando smothered the shot. Cannon was in the right place at the right time in the 89th minute when a ball banged around the goal box and the DC shot came right to his waiting hands. Next up for the Rapids is a road trip to Southern California where they will take on the Los Angeles Galaxy this Saturday at 8 p.m. MST at the Home Depot Center. Colorado Rapids vs. DC United Saturday Sept. 3 at Invesco Field Denver COColorado Rapids Man of the Match: Terry CookeLINEUPS: COL – (4-4-2) Joe Cannon Hunter Freeman Mike Petke Nat Borchers Dan Gargan (Fabrice Noel 75) Kyle Beckerman Terry Cooke Eric Denton Luchi Gonzalez (David Ben-Dayan 60) Jean-Philippe Peguero Substitutes not used: Bryon Foss Ricky Lewis Sahsa Gotsmanov Stephen Keel Wolde Harris Marcus Stagastume Amir Lowery DC – Nick Rimando Brandon Prideaux Facundo Erpen (Jamil Walker 66) Bobby Boswell Christian Gomez Ben Olsen (Matt Nickell) Brian Carroll Dema Kovalenko Bryan Namoff Freddy Adu Jamie Moreno Substitutes not used: Troy Perkins Clycle Simms John Wilson SCORING:COL – Cooke 2 (Peguero 4 Freeman 1) 22 Misconduct Summary: DC -- Freddy Adu (caution; Professional Foul) 27COL -- Jean Philippe Peguero (caution; Game Disrepute) 46DC -- Facundo Erpen (caution; Professional Foul) 57DC -- Jaime Moreno (ejection; Violent Conduct) 64DC -- Ben Olsen (caution; Dissent) 76COL -- Hunter Freeman (caution; Pushing Holding) 80Referee: Baldomero Toledo Referee's Assistants: Paul Scott & Jose Corro4th official: Scott McCaslintime of game: 1:51attendance: 17044weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 84 degrees