In a hotly contested game featuring many cards Omar Cummings scored the Rapids’ goal that tied the game before the 87th minute judgment of a hand ball in the penalty area led to the
Bouna Coundoul had to be ready from the get go as in the second minute he was forced to punch away a Brian Mullan cross from the right side.
Christian Gomez took the Rapids' first shot on goal. In the ninth minute the Argentine made a 50-yard run to the top of the
Brian Ching broke in on the Rapids’ goal in the 18th minute but Coundoul raced out and hurried the Hawaiian and forced his shot to sail over the goal.
In the 34th minute Cummings forced another save out of Onstad with a long range shot after receiving a pass from Tom McManus.
Bobby Boswell saved a potential goal from Cummings in the 59th minute. The speedy Jamaican took a pass from Jacob Peterson and cut to his left foot only to have the former DC United man block his shot.
Facundo Erpen was looking for his second goal in as many games in the 68th minute but his header off a Gomez free kick went over the
Later that minute Cummings became the first Rapids player to score two goals this season. Gomez recording his third assist in as many games fed the forward and he outraced his marker to score the equalizer to the far post.
Colin Clark had the Rapids’ best opportunity for a tying goal in stoppage time but Onstad fell on the
The Rapids will have a short week before taking on
HOU – Ching (Holden) 43
COL – Cummings (Gomez) 68
HOU – De Rosario (penalty kick) 87
Colorado Rapids – Bouna Coundoul Kosuke Kimura Facundo Erpen Ugo Ihemelu Jordan Harvey (Colin Clark 88) Jacob Peterson Nick LaBrocca Pablo Mastroeni Christian Gomez (Mehdi Ballouchy 81) Omar Cummings Tom McManus (Herculez Gomez 65)
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Sharpe Jose Luis Burciaga Jr. Rafael Gomes Kelly Gray
Substitutes Not Used: Tony Caig Kyle Brown Craig Waibel Chris Wondolowski
HOU – Mulrooney (Caution) 28
HOU – Clark (Caution) 35
COL – Harvey (Caution) 41
COL – McManus (Caution) 44
COL – Ihemelu (Caution) 86
COL – McManus (Ejection) 89
Referee: Tim Weyland
Referees Assts.: Fabio Tovar; Kyle Bourne
Fourth Official: Fernando Galvan