MLS Regular Season
CHESTER, Pa. – Two goals in the last 11 minutes allowed the Colorado Rapids to snatch a point at PPL Park against ten-man Philadelphia Union on Saturday night, to stretch their unbeaten run to three games.
The turning point came on 79 minutes when, leading 3-1, the Union's midfielder Michael Lahoud was shown a red card for kicking Jared Watts in the face while both went for the ball, allowing Dillon Powers to convert from the penalty spot.
The Colorado Rapids will be without their top scorer, Vicente Sánchez, for the road games at the Philadelphia Union (July 12) and Portland Timbers (July 18), after the MLS Disciplinary Committee handed down a two-game suspension to the Uruguayan striker.
PHILADELPHIA UNION vs COLORADO RAPIDS
PPL PARK, Chester, Pa.
July 12, 2014 (WEEK 18, MLS Game #160)
5 p.m. MT (Altitude)
The Colorado Rapids sit in a solid position in the Western Conference after 17 games, the exact midway point of the regular season. But how do the players feel things are going, and what needs to be done to kick-on in the second half of the campaign?
While learning the lessons, it seems that the Colorado Rapids have worked through their disappointment from last Friday's 1-1 home tie with Columbus Crew, as they now focus on this weekend's trip east to face the Philadelphia Union.
New Colorado Rapids signing, Carlos Alvarez, has gone for a little 'variety' by choosing number 57 as his squad number, but insists there is no special reason behind his decision.
"It was just the jersey I grabbed," he told ColoradoRapids.com. "I'm not really one for having a certain number so I've gone for a big number."
Colorado Rapids midfielder José Mari is eager for a return to action but insists he will not rush back from an ankle injury which has kept him out of the last two games.
The 26-year-old former Real Zaragoza player turned his left ankle in practice on June 27, a day before the home match with Vancouver Whitecaps. Initial thoughts were that he would be sidelined for up to a month, and that remains the case.
With the Rapids' 19th annual 4thFest in the rearview mirror, the team at the halfway point of the season, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup entering its final few matches, there has been a great deal of conversation about what comes next for American soccer and MLS.
Clint Irwin's double save to keep the Columbus Crew at bay in the 4th of July contest at Dick's Sporting Goods Park has been nominated for MLS 'Save of the Week'.