Kimura the Hero as Rapids Down Dallas

COMMERCE CITY CO (From Reports) - The Colorado Rapids rode a goal from Kosuke Kimura to a 1-0 victory over the visiting FC Dallas tonight at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
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Delivering on his promise of pace and aggression defender Kosuke Kimura gave the Colorado Rapids a 1-0 victory against FC Dallas on Saturday night with the game-winning goal in the 80th minute.

Running onto a return pass from Mehdi Ballouchy on a give-and-go Kimura took on Dallas goalkeeper Ray Burse and another defender from six yards out on the right edge of the box blasting a high shot over both their bodies and burying it in the back of the net to break a scoreless stalemate.
It was the Rapids' first victory after a three-match winless streak and it came by virtue of some of the club's better soccer of the season.
The Rapids picked up where they left off the last time FC Dallas were in town only 2 1/2 weeks ago dominating their guests throughout the match and all over the field but unable to break through and make something to show for their superior play.
A tweak to their lineup saw Jacob Peterson start the match with Pat Noonan on the bench and though Peterson didn't make the difference on his own he paced Colorado to a bright start leading all players in the first half with three shots two on target.
The Rapids showed dictated the play from the opening whistle keeping Dallas on their back foot and doing everything they wanted with the ball short of hitting the back of the net. Their possession was a night-and-day improvement over their most recent match a 2-1 loss to Chicago a week ago. They showcased a brilliant passing game keeping the ball picking off Dallas possession and winning the 50-50 balls.
The shots came hard and fast with Terry Cooke leading the charge on a second minute blast from the top of the area that was wide left. Two minutes later Peterson drilled a ball toward goal from 30 yards only to see 'keeper Burse gather it in.
Both sides played as if they had a score to settle after a lopsided draw late in late June when Colorado controlled the match but fell behind in the 37th minute waiting until the 84th to finally find the equalizer.
The tension showed up on the field with referee Yader Reyes warning Rapids players frequently in the first half and showing both Ugo Ihemelu and Nick LaBrocca yellow cards in the 13th and 17th minutes respectively. Ihemelu's misconduct earned him a suspension in the Rapids' match next Saturday in D.C.
Peterson continued to show his ability to pressure opposing defenders taking a 24th-minute pass from Conor Casey at the top of the area and sending a cannon shot toward the net where Burse dove to his right to stop it.
In the waning minutes of the half Kimura delivered a beautiful chip from the right wing that Peterson headed from the top of the box missing wide.
Kimura's speed and his aggressive approach from the back line helped create opportunities for Colorado most notably a 36th minute break up the middle beating multiple Dallas defenders before over-leading a pass and setting up a goal kick.
Rapids Head Coach Gary Smith made three second-half substitutions sending Noonan up front for Cooke in the 63rd minute and bringing Greg Dalby on to fortify the defense after Kimura's go-ahead goal. In stoppage time he took Ballouchy off the pitch putting defender Ty Harden in his place to further solidify a strong defensive squad.
Kimura's winner was the second goal of his MLS career the first coming earlier this season against Real Salt Lake. Smith likes the offensive edge Kimura brings to his position especially at home and with veteran defender Cory Gibbs serving a one-game suspension Kimura made the most of the opportunity.
Ballouchy and Dalby both saw late cautions but the Rapids maintained their composure and protected their narrow margin of victory for a vital three points.
The Rapids had a late offensive threat when Conor Casey tangled with a lone defender in front of the Dallas net. Just afterward Kimura made a final impact in stoppage time making a big tackle in front of Colorado's net and clearing the ball deep into Dallas territory securing the Rapids victory and giving Colorado a much-needed lift as they start the second half of the season on a high note.
The Rapids return to action as they next host an international exhibition this coming Wednesday July 15 when they will face Mexico's Club America at Dick's Sporting Goods Park at 7:30pm. The Rapids then return to league action next Saturday on the road at DC United.
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FC Dallas (4-8-5) vs. Colorado Rapids (6-4-6)
July 11 2009 -- Dick's Sporting Goods Park
AT&T Man of the Match: Kosuke Kimura
Scoring Summary:
COL - Kosuke Kimura (Mehdi Ballouchy) 79'

FC Dallas -- Ray Burse Drew Moor Kyle Davies (Blake Wagner 46) Pablo Ricchetti George John (Daniel Torres 68) Brek Shea (Eric Avila 62) Dax McCarty Andre Rocha Dave van den Bergh Jeff Cunningham David Ferreira
Substitutes Not Used: Bruno Guarda Josh Lambo Steve Purdy Anthony Wallace
Colorado Rapids -- Matt Pickens Kosuke Kimura Ugo Ihemelu Scott Palguta Jordan Harvey Terry Cooke (Pat Noonan 63) Pablo Mastroeni Jacob Peterson (Greg Dalby 80) Mehdi Ballouchy (Ty Harden 94+) Conor Casey Nick LaBrocca
Substitutes Not Used: Preston Burpo Ross Schunk Rob Valentino
COL -- Ugo Ihemelu (caution; Reckless Tackle) 13
COL -- Nick LaBrocca (caution; Dissent) 17
COL -- Mehdi Ballouchy (caution; Reckless Tackle) 84
COL -- Greg Dalby (caution; Reckless Tackle) 89

Referee: Yader Reyes
Referee's Assistants: Chris Strickland; Paul Scott
4th official: Ben Chouaf
Time of game: 1:52
Attendance: 8128
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 82 degrees