How rare was the comeback draw?
In coming back to earn a draw after being down 2-0 on Saturday against Sporting KC, the Colorado Rapids accomplished a rare feat that the club had only accomplished twice in it's 16+ year history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The last time the Rapids fell in a 2-0 deficit and came back to earn a result (tie or win) was on April 15, 2006. In that game, played at Invesco Field at Mile High, FC Dallas took a 2-0 lead off a 5th minute 30-yard free kick goal by Greg Vanney and another long-range blast by Ecuadorian Roberto Mina 20 minutes later. However, Jovan Kirovski cut the lead in half with a penalty kick goal and then Dallas' Clarence Goodson's own-goal in stoppage time of the first half leveled the game. Neither team scored in the second half and the game ended 2-2.
Before that game, the only other time Colorado came back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a result was 16 years to the date of Saturday's 2-2 draw.
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On May 19, 1996, in Colorado's seventh ever MLS game, the Columbus Crew took a 2-0 lead on the Rapids at Ohio Stadium off a 27th minute goal by Brian McBride and a penalty kick goal by South Africa's Doctor Khumalo three minutes before halftime.
Who knows what was said at the break, but the Rapids came out and scored four unanswered goals to win 4-2. Colorado's own South African forward, Shaun Bartlett, scored goals in the 49th and 73rd minutes to tie the game, and Marcelo Balboa scored the game-winner in the 80th. Richard Sharpe added the insurance goal with two minutes left. That remains the only game in which the Rapids have overcome a 2-0 hole to earn a win.
And, out of all the games in which the Rapids have trailed by two at any point in a game, the only other time they've come back to earn a result was on March 17, 2000 at New England. After being tied 1-1 at the break, the Revolution took a 3-1 lead on Colorado. However the Rapids mounted a dramatic late comeback with goals by left back Jason Bent (79'), and forwards Henry Zambrano (84') and Junior Agogo (85') to cap the 4-3 come-from-behind victory.
*NOTE: Colorado was also down 2-0 to the Revs on May 25, 1996 and came back to equalize. However, at the time, games could not finish in ties, and the Revs defeated the Rapids in the deciding shootout to earn the single point for the shootout win.