Rapids Play Dynamo to 0-0 Draw

COMMERCE CITY CO. (Saturday June 21 2008) – After going 12 games without a draw to open the season the Colorado Rapids battled the defending MLS champion Houston Dynamo to a 0-0 draw in front of 13220 fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Saturday night.
(To watch video hightlights from this match click here).
(Rapids Reserves Fall 3-2 to the Dynamo Reserves for a full match report click here).
The 12 games without a tie ranks second in team history after the 16 in 2000 the first year after MLS dropped the shootout. The Rapids' last tie in MLS play was on September 16 2007 against Chivas USA.
Colin Clark and Omar Cummings saw their headers hit the post and go just wide respectively in the waning minutes of the match as it looked like the home side would pull out a last minute victory.
In the 89th minute Terry Cooke played a cross onto the head of Clark who rose above two Dynamo defenders only to have his shot glance off the post.
In stoppage time it was Clark with the cross that Cummings headed just wide of the goal.
It was Colorado who were the aggressors most of the game as they were looking for their second straight home victory.
Pat Onstad tipped a Clark cross out for a corner kick as Tom McManus waited on the far post in the second minute.
Cummings flashed a shot across the face of the Houston net in the fifth minute after he collected a deflected Ugo Ihemelu pass.
Preston Burpo was forced to charge out of his net in the 24th minute to quash a Dynamo attack as he outraced Brian Mullan to the ball.
In the 28th minute Burpo got enough of a Stuart Holden header to deflect it off of the crossbar.
Cummings nearly headed the Rapids into the lead in the 53rd minute but his nod of a Cooke cross went just wide of the net.
In the 61st minute Burpo dove to cover his far post as a Brian Ching shot flashed across the goal.
After an 18 minute stoppage for a lighting malfunction in the stadium play resumed in the 68th minute.
The Dynamo appeared to score in the 78th minute when Brad Davis struck a free kick off the crossbar and Ching put the ball into the net but the Hawaiian was ruled for a hand ball nullifying the goal.
Next week Colorado hit the road for their third away match in four weeks when they travel to Ohio to face the Columbus Crew on Saturday June 28 at 5:30 p.m. MT.
Man of the Match: Preston Burpo
Scoring Summary:
Colorado Rapids – Preston Burpo Ugo Ihemelu Pablo Mastroeni Facundo Erpen Nick LaBrocca Jacob Peterson (Terry Cooke 45) John DiRaimondo (Conor Casey 68) Christian Gomez (Mehdi Ballouchy 50) Colin Clark Tom McManus Omar Cummings
Substitutes not used: Chris Sharpe Herculez Gomez Rafael Gomes Jordan Harvey
Houston Dynamo – Pat Onstad Craig Waibel Bobby Boswell Eddie Robinson (Patrick Ianni 43) Wade Barrett Corey Ashe (Geoff Cameron 68) Ricardo Clark Stuart Holden Brad Davis Brian Ching Brian Mullan (Dwayne De Rosario 77)
Substitutes Not Used: Tony Craig Kyle Brown Franco Caraccio Chris Wondlowski
Misconduct Summary:
HOU – Holden (Caution) 25
HOU – Waibel (Caution) 34
Referee: Jeff Gontarek
Referees Assts.: Greg Barkey David Bragg
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo
Attendance: 13220