COMMERCE CITY, Colo.—The Colorado Rapids and the Chicago Fire drew 2-2 on Saturday, extending the Rapids' undefeated streak in home openers to seven in a row (4-0-3). Click here for video highlights.
The Rapids went into halftime 2-1 up after a spectacular goal from Omar Cummings and a penalty kick from Conor Casey sandwiched a header from Chicago’s Collins John. An early second half penalty kick from Brian McBride restored parity.
Cummings started the scoring in the 13th minute, picking up a pass from Mehdi Ballouchy and finding himself in a few yards of space. The Jamaican enjoyed those extra seconds of freedom, picked his spot and calmly sidefooted a powerful right-foot shot perfectly into the corner from just outside the penalty area for his second goal of the season.
But just as Chicago appeared to give the dangerous forward too much space, so too did the Rapids as John took full advantage of some lax defending to head home a corner in the 25th minute. Many in the stadium felt the corner should never have been given as the ball appeared out before Rapids fullback Danny Earls forced it out for sure.
Casey then notched his first goal of the season from the penalty spot after Colin Clark ran dangerously into the penalty box and was tripped.
The second half began just as the first ended. Just minutes in, the dangerous Patrick Nyarko outstripped Marvell Wynne down the left and the Ghanaian went down seemingly with no contact in the penalty area. McBride equalized from the spot.
The Rapids pressed and pressed with Cummings, Casey and Clark trying to break through but few chances were actually created and the Rapids were left frustrated by the result.
COL -- Marvell Wynne (caution; Reckless Tackle) 22
COL -- Colin Clark (caution; Simulation) 31
CHI -- Marco Pappa (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 42
COL -- Danny Earls (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 42
COL -- Omar Cummings (caution; Reckless Tackle) 56
Colorado Rapids: Matt Pickens, Danny Earls (Julien Baudet 84), Drew Moor, Marvell Wynne, Kosuke Kimura, Colin Clark, Pablo Mastroeni, Jeff Larentowicz, Mehdi Ballouchy (Wells Thompson 66), Conor Casey, Omar Cummings. Subs Not Used: Steward Ceus, Michael Holody, Andre Akpan, Scott Palguta, Ross LaBauex.
Chicago Fire: Andrew Dykstra, Tim Ward, CJ Brown, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Krzysztof Krol, Marco Pappa (Baggio Husidic), Logan Pause, Peter Lowery (Justin Mapp), Brian McBride, Patrick Nyarko, Collins John Subs Not Used: Sean Johnson, Julio Martinez, Corben Bone, Mike Banner, Dasan Robinson.
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee's Assistants: Adam Wienckowski; Jason Cullum
4th Official: Abiodun Okulaja