Amarikwa seals win, does the 'Dead Fish'

Second half substitute's late blast secures Rapids win

Quincy Amarikwa scored first of 2012 against Columbus on March 10

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Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids

Commerce City, Colo. - Second half substitute Quincy Amarikwa rewarded coach Oscar Pareja's confidence in bringing him on with a fantastic strike in the dying minutes to seal the victory over Columbus Saturday night. He then celebrated as he has done against his teammates numerous times.

"It was the 'dead fish' in the corner," Amarikwa said of his celebration, with a broad smile. "Every time I score on (teammates) in FIFA, I make the guy run all the way to the corner and do the 'dead fish' in the corner. It makes them mad every time - cause I never do anything else."

Amarikwa replaced Tony Cascio in the 70th minute with a simple instruction from Pareja.

WATCH: Amarikwa describes his goal vs Columbus

"He told me to go up at the central striker position and put pressure on them and try to go at them and see what I could do," Amarikwa said.

The 24-year-old forced Crew 'keeper Andy Gruenebaum to make a great save after ripping a sharp shot from just inside the box five minutes after coming on.

In the 89th minute, the 5th-year forward put the game away. After controlling a pass outside the area on the left side, Amarikwa moved the ball towards the top of the arc before hitting a dipping shot across his body and over the right shoulder of a diving Gruenenbaum.

He then ran to the corner, put his arms at his side, and dropped to the ground before flopping around - a celebration available on the FIFA 11 video game.

"We wanted another goal," Pareja said of bringing Amarikwa on with the 1-0 lead. "That's what people came to the stadium to see. So we said let's keep the three forwards...let's try to find the second one."

The goal was Amarikwa's first since scoring in the second game of the 2011 season at Chivas USA.

"Any goal feels good," he said of the highlight reel goal. "Regardless if you hit it upper v, or hit it off your shin or your knee and it trickles in. They all feel the same."

"It was a golazo," Pareja said. "It was amazing. Great goal for him - he deserves it."