Colorado defeat United 4-1 at home

Caleb Folan scores first two MLS goals, Smith, Cummings add their second of '11

Folan celebrates his first MLS goal with Jamie Smith_DL

Photo Credit: 
Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Two goals from new signing Caleb Folan proved the difference Sunday as theColorado Rapids ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over visiting D.C. United in freezing temperatures at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

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The former Hull City striker, who only signed for the Rapids two weeks ago, out-jumped the DC defense to expertly head a Sanna Nyassi cross into the right hand corner of the net to effectively seal the win for the undefeated Rapids in the 81st minute.

That goal added to a moment of individual brilliance in the first half when he latched onto a perfectly weighted ball fromJeff Larentowicz in the 38th minute, and feinted past the DC defense before connecting well with a left foot drive past Pat Onstad.

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The two Folan goals sandwiched two goals inside of a minute when DC, through a Santino Quaranta first time volley on the far post, briefly pulled even at 1-1 in the 70th minute. Exactly a minute later, Rapids midfielderJamie Smith popped up in the box to head home anAnthony Wallace long-range cross to push the Rapids back in front.

Omar Cummings, who was rested for the start of the game and did not come on until an early second-half injury to Conor Casey, finished off a header in injury time off an assist from midfielder Pablo Mastroeni to complete the victory.

The Rapids are now 3-0 to start the defense of their MLS Cup title, and have outscored their opponents 8-2 in the three wins this season.

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United drop to 1-2 this season after losing their second straight match, this one without the help of forward Charlie Davies, who skipped the trip with a groin injury.

Scoring Summary:

COL -- Caleb Folan 1 (Jeff Larentowicz 1) 39

DC -- Santino Quaranta 1 (Chris Korb 1) 70

COL -- Jamie Smith 2 (Anthony Wallace 1) 71

COL -- Caleb Folan 2 (Sanna Nyassi 1) 81

COL -- Omar Cummings 2 (Pablo Mastroeni 1, Quincy Amarikwa 1) 92+

D.C. United -- Pat Onstad, Chris Korb, Daniel WoolardRodrigo BrasescoMarc BurchKurt Morsink (Fred 82), Dax McCarty, Santino Quaranta, Branko Boskovic (Andy Najar 54), Blake BrettschneiderChris Pontius (Josh Wolff 65).

Substitutes Not Used: Stephen KingJoseph NgwenyaEthan WhiteBill Hamid.

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Blake Brettschneider 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Blake Brettschneider 1, Santino Quaranta 1); FOULS: 10 (Dax McCarty 4); OFFSIDES: 4 (Blake Brettschneider 2); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Santino Quaranta 4); SAVES: 0

Colorado Rapids -- Matt PickensKosuke KimuraMarvell WynneDrew Moor, Anthony Wallace, Brian Mullan(Sanna Nyassi 72), Pablo Mastroeni, Jeff Larentowicz, Jamie Smith, Conor Casey (Omar Cummings 52), Caleb Folan (Quincy Amarikwa 87).

Substitutes Not Used: Joseph NaneTyrone MarshallScott PalgutaSteward Ceus.

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Omar Cummings 2, Caleb Folan 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Caleb Folan 2); FOULS: 8 (Brian Mullan 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Conor Casey 1, Brian Mullan 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Jamie Smith 2); SAVES: 1 (Matt Pickens 1)

Misconduct Summary:

COL -- Conor Casey (caution; Reckless Foul) 15

DC -- Dax McCarty (caution; Reckless Foul) 41

DC -- Marc Burch (caution; Reckless Foul) 83

Referee: Elias Bazakos

Referee's Assistants: Craig Lowry; Corey Parker

4th Official: Alex Prus

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Snow-and-32-degrees

Attendance: 9,857