Bouna Coundoul caught a Dane Richards cross in the 13th minute to stop a Red Bulls scoring opportunity and in the 15th minute the Senegalese ‘keeper was in the right place at the right time to corral a free kick.
Roberto Brown had the Rapids' first scoring chance in the 17th minute when he headed a Jovan Kirovski cross but Jon Conway kept it out with his outstretched right arm.
Hernandez got on the scoreboard for the first time this season in the 24th minute. Herculez Gomez crossed a ball that he received from Kyle Beckerman on the ground to the Argentine who ripped the ball into the back of the net with the outside of his right foot.
Dan Gargan saved a ball off the goal line in the 48th minute. After a cross Coundoul came out to force the Red Bulls' Juan Pablo Angel to give up the ball and Gargan cleared the shot before it crossed the line.
In the 57th minute Coundoul kept his clean sheet alive when he dove to catch a
Coundoul made another save in second half stoppage time on a near post shot by
The Rapids will return home to Dick’s
COL- Hernandez (Gomez Beckerman) 24
Colorado Rapids - Bouna Coundoul Dan Gargan Pablo Mastroeni Mike Petke Greg Vanney (Chris Wingert 60) Terry Cooke (Ugo Ihemelu 77) Kyle Beckerman Jovan Kirovski Herculez Gomez Nicolas Hernandez Roberto Brown (Jacob Peterson 88)
Substitutes Not Used: Jose Cancela Conor Casey Nico Colaluca Zach Thornton
New York Red Bulls - Jon Conway Tim Regan (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 46) Carlos Mendes (Jozy Altidore 77) Jeff Parke Todd Dunivant Dane Richards Seth Stammler Dema Kovalenko Clint Mathis Dave van den Bergh Juan Pablo Angel
Substitutes Not Used: Sal Caccavale Danny Cepero Taylor Graham Elie Ikangu John Wolyniec
NY- Clint Mathis (caution; Dissent) 32
COL- Jovan Kirovski (caution; Dissent) 37
NY- Dane Richards (caution; Pushing Holding) 72
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referees Assts.: Robert Fereday; Michael Salyers
Fourth Official: Abbey Okulaja