The Big Picture
The Colorado Rapids left everything out on the Red Bull Arena pitch Tuesday night after launching a 5-4 comeback win over New York to earn their 100th regular season road win in club history.
The odds were not in Colorado’s favor during the opening minutes of the game, as New York brought the scoreline to 2-0 in just seven minutes on the pitch. Rapids’ defender Lalas Abubakar caught a deflection off of Red Bulls’ Dru Yearwood’s strike in the seventh minute that saw the back of his own net, and a New York free kick awarded in the following minute found the head of defender Aaron Long in the box for the home side’s second goal of the evening.
The Rapids found the first goal of the night after Bryan Acosta forced a New York turnover outside of the top of the box that he drove into danger before slotting away to Diego Rubio on the far left side. Rubio’s neat strike to put the ball away marked his 10th of the season.
Lewis Morgan found another for New York in the 28th minute when Abubakar was called for a foul in the box.
Before the halftime whistle, the Rapids put the game within one goal as Keegan Rosenberry scored his first goal of the season. His 37th-minute strike from right outside the top of the box was buried in the left lower corner to put Colorado within an arm’s reach of a tied game.
It wasn’t until the 77th minute that the Rapids found the equalizer. Collen Warner netted his first goal the season after Bryan Acosta’s corner was pinged around the box, only to be poked into the back of the net by the midfielder.
The Rapids almost ran away with the game after Warner’s goal, as Michael Barrios scored just three minutes later and Homegrown striker Dantouma “Yaya” Toure netted his first MLS goal in the 84th minute, only to be rescinded by VAR on Gyasi Zardes offside call.
Despite the call, Toure continued to read the attack and completed his mission in the 90th minute when he got on the end of a failed Carlos Coronel save.
The Red Bulls finished off the night’s scoring in the seventh minute of stoppage time after Barrios committed a foul inside the Rapids’ box to end the evening 5-4.
F Diego Rubio scored his 10th goal of the season and provided two assists on the night, marking the sixth consecutive match that the Chilean has recorded either a goal or an assist.
• F Dantouma “Yaya” Toure entered the match in the 84th minute just before scoring his first MLS goal, the Rapids’ game-winner on the night, five minutes later. Toure was a product of the Red Bulls’ academy system before joining Colorado in March 2021. Prior to tonight’s match, Toure had scored five goals in three consecutive matches for the Rapids’ MLS NEXT Pro side.
• D Keegan Rosenberry scored in the 38th minute of the match, his first of the 2022 season. The defender has now scored eight goals in MLS.
• M Bryan Acosta delivered his third assist of the season on Diego Rubio’s goal, setting a new MLS career high for the defensive midfielder.
• M Collen Warner scored in the 77th minute of the match, marking his sixth MLS career goal (his second as a member of the Rapids).
• F Michael Barrios scored in the 80th minute, marking his 41st goal in MLS and his 10th as a member of the Rapids.
• Tonight’s result marked the Rapids’ 100th MLS regular-season win on the road.
The Rapids will return to DICK’S Sporting Goods Park for their second and final regular season matchup with Minnesota United FC on Saturday night. Kickoff at altitude is set for 7 p.m. MT.