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In the game’s opening minutes captain Mike Petke broke up multiple Chivas attacks and Bouna Coundoul smothered a long shot from Ante Razov.
On the other end of the pitch Jacob Peterson earned a
Herculez Gomez ran onto the end of a Casey flick in the 32nd minute but his one-timed shot was deflected over the cross bar by Chivas goalie Brad Guzan.
In the next five minutes both Ugo Ihemelu and Gomez had header opportunities off of Cooke crosses but neither found the net.
For the first time this season on a road trip the Rapids went into halftime in a scoreless draw.
After threatening many times earlier in the half Maykel Galindo used his speed to burn the Rapids. The Cuban took a pass from Jesse Marsch and placed his shot under Coundoul’s right leg and into the net to put The Goats up 2-0.
Guzan made two saves to preserve the victory for Chivas
Nick LaBrocca made his professional debut in the game for the Rapids starting in the midfield in place of Pablo Mastroeni and Kyle Beckerman who both missed the contest (Mastroeni with the US National Team in the Gold Cup and Beckerman to a suspension due to yellow card accumulation).
The Rapids will next return home to the friendly confines of Dick’s
CHV- Cooke (Own Goal) 49
CHV- Galindo (Marsch Mendoza) 63
Colorado Rapids – Bouna Coundoul Brandon Prideaux Ugo Ihemelu Mike Petke Dan Gargan Jacob Peterson (Roberto Brown 57) Nick LaBrocca (Jose Cancela 63) Jovan Kirovski Terry Cooke Herculez Gomez (Nicolas Hernandez 80) Conor Casey
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton Greg Vanney Daniel Wasson Chris Wingert
Substitutes Not Used:
CHV- Perez 34
COL- Brown 59
CHV- Zotinca 90+
Referee: Brian Hall
Referees Assts.: Anthony Vasoli; David Bragg
Fourth Official: Ian Anderson