MLS Regular Season
SANDY, Utah — The Colorado Rapids came into Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday night, poked a finger in Real Salt Lake's eye, and paid for it — quickly.
After taking a 1-0 lead, the Rapids gave up three goals in five minutes and RSL coasted to a 5-1 win and a season sweep of their Rocky Mountain rivals.
Colorado Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca will sit out this Friday's visit to Real Salt Lake, after being handed a one-game ban by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
The 29-year-old is to serve a suspension as a result of his 91st minute challenge on Portland Timbers' Ben Zemanski - a former teammate at Chivas USA - in last Saturday's 2-2 tie at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
After tying Portland to end a seven game losing streak, the team now turns their attention to Real Salt Lake this Friday, and Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni is relishing the opportunity of going to Utah in search of three points (NBCSN, kick-off 8 p.m MT).
Making the playoffs at this point for the Rapids would be a tall task, but one that Mastroeni is looking forward to.
“I’m excited about the preparation, excited about going to a difficult place, and really laying it all on the line for a chance at the playoffs.”
REAL SALT LAKE vs COLORADO RAPIDS
RIO TINTO STADIUM, Sandy, Utah
Sept. 19, 2014 (WEEK 28, MLS Game #265)
8 p.m. MT (NBCSN)
The Colorado Rapids are teaming with Western Union to present Hispanic Heritage Night, to take place Saturday, September 27 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park when the Rapids take on the San Jose Earthquakes, kick-off 7 p.m. MT. (TICKETS).
The Colorado Rapids broke their seven match losing streak last Saturday night after tying the Portland Timbers 2-2. Defender Shane O’Neill returned from injury as the Rapids hoped to add some depth to a backline that has regularly been giving up goals since a 3-0 loss to New England on July 30.
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.