COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Jaime Castrillon’s 83rd-minute goal lifted the 10-man Colorado Rapids to a highly entertaining 3-2 win over the Montreal Impact at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night.
It appeared as though the Rapids had settled for a share of the points following Tyrone Marshall’s 61st-minute red card on a second yellow, but defender Scott Palguta’s redirection off of a Martin Rivero set piece danced along the top of the crossbar and ultimately landed on Castrillon’s head for the Colombian’s fourth goal of the season, and certainly his most important to date.
The goal disguised a second half dominated by the Impact, who settled for several outside shots and constantly pried Matt Pickens’ net, ultimately to be stung by Castrillon’s late strike.
The action came quickly on a hot and breezy night in suburban Denver. The visitors struck first just 14 minutes in, when midfielder Patrice Bernier took a clever lay-off from Brazilian playmaker Felipe Martins and chipped 'keeper Matt Pickens for the lead.
The Rapids didn't take long to reply. Just four minutes after Montreal's opener, Rivero’s throughball to Wells Thompson resulted in Thompson taking a hard shoulder from Hassoum Camara in the penalty box, and referee Mark Kaldecik pointed to the spot. Jeff Larentowicz stepped up and drilled the penalty kick into the bottom left to level the score.
After the back-and-forth beginning, things began to settle down somewhat — until Colorado flipped the scoreline just prior to the halftime whistle. In the 39th minute, defender Drew Moor put on his attacker's hat and powered an open header on Rivero’s free kick service from 35 yards out to give the home side a 2-1 edge at the half.
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But the lead would be shortlived. Just three minutes after emerging from the tunnel for the second stanza, Montreal rookie and 2012 No. 1 SuperDraft pick Andrew Wenger found the net to pull his side even.
Following Wenger’s second goal of the season, Montreal continued to dictate possession and tempo, prying the Rapids back line, and ultimately gaining a man advantage when Marshall received a second yellow for a midfielder challenge on Felipe.
The Impact spent the remainder of the match looking for the third goal that ultimately wouldn’t come, but they came close on a 69th-minute effort from former Rapid Sanna Nyassi and and 81st-minute attempt from Felipe.
But where Montreal was unlucky, Colorado was fortuitous.
With just seven minutes remaining in regulation, Rivero served a perfect set piece to the far post that Palgutta — one of two defensive substitutions from Colorado head coach Oscar Pareja following Marshall's ejection — desperately headed cross goal. Impact 'keeper Greg Sutton, who himself had come on in the second half to replace Donovan Ricketts, got a hand on it. The ball, though skipped atop the cross bar and fell in front of the goal line, where Castrillon waited to guide it home.
Both teams will enjoy a three-week break before resuming MLS play. Colorado next travel to Vancouver on June 16 (7 pm ET, MLS Live) and Montreal head to Seattle on the same date (7:30 pm ET, MLS Live). However, the Rapids will have a quick turnaround and will travel to Tampa for a Tuesday showdown against the Rowdies (7:30 pm ET) in the third round of the US Open Cup.
MON – Patrice Bernier 2 (Felipe Martins 1) 14’
COL – Jeff Larentowicz 2 (penalty kick) 18’
COL – Drew Moor 2 (Martín Rivero 5) 39’
MON – Andrew Wenger 2 (Patrice Bernier 1, Collen Warner 1) 48’
COL – Jaime Castrillón 4 (unassisted) 83’
MON – Davy Arnaud (caution) 35’
COL - Martin Rivero (caution) 41’
COL - Tyrone Marshall (caution) 51’
COL - Wells Thompson (caution) 56’
COL - Tyrone Marshall (2nd caution, ejection) 61’
Colorado Rapids lineup: Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Tyrone Marshall, Drew Moor, Hunter Freeman, Jeff Larentowicz, Jaime Castrillon, Martin Rivero, Wells Thompson (Harrison Henao 69'), Tony Cascio (Kamani Hill 75'), Andre Akpan (Scott Palguta 65')
Referee: Mark Kadlecik