MLS Regular Season
It had been 810 minutes since his last appearance, on July 12 at the Philadelphia Union, a match during which Shane O’Neill suffered a right MCL sprain that was more than just a nagging pain for nearly three months. He made an unexpected recovery, though, and played the full 90 minutes against the Portland Timbers on Saturday night, helping the team to their first point since July 25.
After 50 days of gray, there was finally a little ray of sunshine as the Colorado Rapids edged onto 31 points with a 2-2 tie at home to the Portland Timbers, having been glued to 30 points since overcoming Chivas USA at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 25.
Pablo Mastroeni, Colorado Rapids Head Coach
On getting the point:
I liked just about everything. There were a lot of great things that happened tonight. One: the start was great; the energy was great; playing forward was great. obviously conceding a goal right before halftime wasn’t so good. But then, flip side of that, we came back and charged back and found spirit and energy, and a bit of calm and class to go up two-one. And then, gave up a late goal there.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.- The Colorado Rapids stopped the slide with a draw at home to the Portland Timbers on Saturday night, but they had enough chances to claim what would have been a crucial win.
Welcome to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for tonight’s game against the Portland Timbers, presented by Chick-fil-A. We’re excited to have the boys back on home turf and look forward to urging them on to victory. Points are crucial right now as we get closer to the playoffs, and your continued support is so valuable and appreciated.
The Colorado Rapids return to Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, September 13 to face the Portland Timbers in a match presented by Chick-fil-A (TICKETS).
Chick-fil-A: Rapids partner, Chick-fil-A, will present the match, and distribute rally towels to the first 4,000 fans to enter the stadium. Purchase a Chick-fil-A family pack and get a postgame photo on the pitch.
Colorado Rapids defender Shane O'Neill has missed the last nine games with a knee injury, but is knocking at the first-team door after a return to full training this week.
The Boulder native last featured for the Rapids in the 3-3 tie at Philadelphia Union on July 12, since when the side has won one and lost eight.