MLS Regular Season
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.- Kamani Hill spent the last decade traveling the world looking for the opportunity he’s now getting in 2014. The Colorado Rapids midfielder is getting a long, healthy look in the Rapids lineup under new coach Pablo Mastroeni, and if Saturday night is anything to go by, he’s making the most of it.
Had Marvell Wynne scampered down the right-hand side and unleashed a bending, dipping, swerving scorcher of a shot on Saturday, then I doubt whether I’d have been surprised. It was that kind of night.
Head coach Pablo Mastroeni has confirmed that Edson Buddle will be sidelined for this Sunday's home game against the Houston Dynamo (TICKETS) after sustaining a minor right groin strain in the 4-1 win over Montreal Impact.
The Rapids striker, still seeking his 100th goal in MLS, limped out of the game after 86 minutes, to be replaced by Danny Mwanga.
Rapids forward Deshorn Brown has returned to the Rapids after playing the final few minutes of the Jamaican national team’s 2-1 loss to Serbia on Monday in New York. Brown, an 83rd minute substitute for the Reggae Boyz, will be with Colorado through the next three matches before the World Cup break.
Pablo Mastroeni, Colorado Rapids head coach
On his halftime speech:
It just wasn't good enough in the first half. It's a process. You have to keep hitting the points that you want to hit, but the most important thing for me today was the response. These guys took it upon themselves to come out sharp in the second half, and did really well with the chances they created. I couldn't be happier with the way they stuck together and found a way to open up the game.
On his messages in training finally being heard:
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – So, about those scoring problems.
The Colorado Rapids erupted from their recent offensive slumber with a four-goal outburst in a 4-1 rout of the Montreal Impact on Saturday night in a thoroughly one-sided contest at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Taking the early lead on a penalty and then sealing the outcome on two terrific goals from Kamani Hill and Shane O’Neill early in the second half, the Rapids collected their first win in four matches, while sending the Impact to their third straight league loss.