Déjà Vu: Late PK Gives Rapids Draw Against San Jose

COMMERCE CITY CO (From MLS and Rapids Reports) - For the second time in six days Conor Casey and the Colorado Rapids deflated the San Jose Earthquakes with a stoppage-time penalty kick as the teams played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
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Casey's goal came after Omar Cummings was fouled in the area by Jason Hernandez turning the table on the Quakes who had taken the lead on a penalty kick of their own converted by Chris Wondolowski in the 67th minute.
Days after earning a draw against San Jose with a stoppage-time penalty also converted by Casey the Rapids found themselves staring at the short end of a penalty call in Wednesday night's rematch. After a handball call against Pat Noonan in the area Wondolowski buried the resulting spot kick high into the goal as Rapids 'keeper Preston Burpo leapt for the shot to no avail.
The goal awakened a sense of urgency in the Rapids who might have overly enjoyed the comforts of home up to that point. There was no question the Rapids came into the game desperate for points to improve their playoff standing but they looked comfortable and at ease on their home field.
Colorado controlled the pace throughout the first half and picked up where they'd left off in the second half but San Jose got increasingly involved in the game in the second half waking up their attack and returning some pressure on the Rapids.
Colorado outshot the Quakes 4-1 in the first half but had multiple opportunities when they couldn't get shots off. Though dominant on possession the side seemed slightly out of sync on linking plays. Cummings and Casey were consistently dangerous but too often they saw brilliant setups fail for lack of a finishing touch often missing the final touch entirely.
The Rapids had ample chances in the first half and will surely rue the missed opportunities from 45 minutes of dominant soccer.
Jacob Peterson left the game in the 12th minute with an injury a blow to the Rapids pace out wide but the squad hardly missed a step with Noonan coming in as a substitute.
Cummings had one of his better opportunities in the 22nd minute shooting from 12 yards but aiming wide. When he was pushed from 24 yards in the 32nd minute Mehdi Ballocuhy took a free kick that bounced off a defender setting up a corner kick but the Rapids couldn't get a shot off.
Cummings continued his one-man attack in the second half taking on multiple defenders in the 50th minute before finally crossing it but finding no men in burgundy to finish the play.
Pablo Mastroeni initiated a great movement in the 53rd minute passing wide to Cummings but his shot from the flanks was intercepted by a defender.
The Rapids had one of their better opportunities on another good buildup started by Mastroeni who passed wide to Kosuke Kimura. Kimura chipped it in to Casey who tapped it back to Mastroeni and the midfielder blasted it on goal but Cannon blocked it.
The Rapids followed in the 64th with a beautiful center from Jordan Harvey which Casey met and shot from six yards but Cannon was there for the save.
The missed chance opened the door for San Jose's counterattack. A free kick was swung into the area and took a bounce before Noonan leaned forward and had it come off his arm setting up Wondolowski's go-ahead goal from the spot.
Rapids head coach Gary Smith brought Scott Palguta on in the 69th minute pushing Kimura up to the midfield where was effective in keeping the pressure on and quickening the Rapids' pace.
Facundo Diz came on in the 82nd for Nick LaBrocca.
But in a replay of Saturday's match when Ryan Johnson bundled over Drew Moor and led to a penalty kick in the fifth minute of added time Hernandez fouled Cummings as he tried to cut back in the left side of the area and referee Ricardo Salazar again pointed to the spot. Casey sent Cannon the wrong way in converting for his league-leading 15th goal of the season a new club record for the Rapids and a vital point for Colorado.
Both teams return to action this weekend on the road the Rapids traveling to Kansas City for a Saturday night contest against the Wizards and San Jose meeting D.C. United on Sunday afternoon.
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Rapids AT&T Man of the Match: Pablo Mastroeni
SJ- Wondolowski (penalty kick) 67
COL- Casey (penalty kick) 93+
San Jose Earthquakes- Joe Cannon Chris Leitch Jason Hernandez Brandon McDonald Bobby Burling Andre Luiz (Simon Elliott 15) Ramiro Corrales (Michael Zaher 86) Ramon Sanchez Bobby Convey Ryan Johnson Chris Wondolowski
Substitutes Not Used: Quincy Amarikwa Aaron Pitchkolan Antonio Ribeiro Andrew Weber
Colorado Rapids- Preston Burpo Kosuke Kimura Julien Baudet Drew Moor Jordan Harvey Mehdi Ballouchy (Scott Palguta 69) Nick LaBrocca (Facundo Diz 82) Pablo Mastroeni Jacob Peterson (Pat Noonan 12) Conor Casey Omar Cummings
Substitutes Not Used: Steward Ceus Greg Dalby Ty Harden Michael Holody
SJ- Cannon (caution; Delaying a Restart) 91+
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee's Assistants: Adam Garner Fabio Tovar
Fourth official: Scott McCaslin
Attendance: 6234