The two teams remain tied for the final MLS playoff spot but the Rapids own the tiebreaker due to their better goal differential.
Casey had the first opportunity of the game in the eighth minute. The Denver South HS product flicked the ball to himself over defender Frankie Hejduk and uncorked a shot from the top of the penalty area that Will Hesmer had no choice but to knock out for a corner kick.
Eddie Gaven got behind the Rapids' defense in the 13th minute and attempted to flick the ball over Bouna Coundoul but the shot went over the crossbar.
In the 18th minute Colin Clark took a pass from Jovan Kirovski and sped through the penalty area where he was up-ended by Hesmer. Referee Tim Wayland judged the ball too far from the
Casey had another opportunity in the 20th minute. Mike Petke sprung him behind the defense but his shot traveled wide of the Crew goal.
Coundoul did extremely well to deflect a Jacob Thomas shot in the 67th minute. Alejandro Moreno hit the goalpost on a breakaway and just when Thomas thought he had a wide open net Coundoul came across to get a piece of the shot and deflect it out.
Mehdi Ballouchy had another scoring opportunity for the Rapids in the 75th minute. A Kirovski free kick bounced out to the Moroccan who caught the ball as it fell but his shot was deflected and Facundo Erpen was just too far away to knock it in.
The Crew were lucky to have not given up a penalty in the 80th minute. Ballouchy sent in a left-footed cross and Hejduk gave Jacob Peterson a two-handed shove in the back at the top of the goal box. The U.S. National Team player got away with it as referee Tim Weyland looked the other way.
The Rapids remain on the road as they travel to
CLB – Gaven (Miglioranzi) 46+
Colorado Rapids –Bouna Condoul Facundo Erpen Ugo Ihemelu Mike Petke Brandon Prideaux Mehdi Ballouchy (Nicolas Hernadez 91+) Tony Sanneh Pablo Mastroeni (Herculez Gomez 47) Colin Clark (Jacob Peterson 71) Conor Casey Jovan Kirovski
Substitutes not used: Zach Thornton Omar Cummings Jose Cancela Daniel Osorno
Columbus Crew – Will Hesmer Frankie Hejduk Ezra Hendrickson Rusty Pierce Stefani Miglioranzi Guillermo Barros Schelotto Danny O’Rourke Duncun Oughton Ned Grabavoy (Jacob Thomas 65) Eddie Gaven Alejandro Moreno (Andy Herron 74)
Substitutes not used: Andy Grenebaum Tim Ward Jason Garey Robbie Rogers Ricardo Virtuoso
CLB – Oughton (Caution) 88
Referee: Tim Weyland
Referees Assts.: Rob Fereday Craig Lowry
Fourth Official: Mikael Lundqvist