Rapids See Season End in Final Minute

COMMERCE CITY CO (Saturday October 25 2008) – The Colorado Rapids' regular season ended with a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake that knocked the Rapids out of playoff contention on Saturday night in front of 16047 fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
(To watch free video highlights from this game in the Rapids' audio/video secion click here).
This marks the first time in the team’s 13-year history that they will miss the postseason in back-to-back seasons.
Coming into the game Real Salt Lake held a two-point advantage over the Rapids meaning the home team needed a win to advance to the playoffs.
It looked like they would move on for most of the match as Colorado were the aggressors and had many chances compared to a relative few for Salt Lake.
That all changed when a Bouna Coundoul save fell to Yura Movsisyan in the 90th minute. Movsisyan made no mistake and scored the equalizer sending RSL to their first-ever playoff berth.
Colorado had taken the lead behind Conor Casey’s team-leading 11th goal of the season in the 19th minute.
Mike Petke passed the ball wide to Jordan Harvey who one-timed it from the touch line behind the Salt Lake defense. Casey ran onto the pass and deftly lifted it over goalie Nick Rimando’s head to put the home team up 1-0.
With the draw Real Salt Lake also retained the Rocky Mountain Cup based on tie-breakers.
On Sunday morning the Rapids Reserves played their final match of the MLS Reserve Division season falling 2-1 to the RSL Reserves. For the full recap of the Rapids Reserves final match click here.
Man of the Match: Nick LaBrocca
Scoring Summary:
COL – Casey (Harvey) 19
RSL – Movsisyan (unassisted) 90

Real Salt Lake:
Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert (Robbie Findley 72) Nat Borchers Jamison Olave Ian Joy (Robbie Russell 56); Dema Kovalenko (Andy Williams 54) Kyle Beckerman Javier Morales Will Johnson; Clint Mathis Yura Movsisyan
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz Tony Beltran Kenny Deuchar Nathan Sturgis
Colorado Rapids: Bouna Coundoul Kosuke Kimura Ugo Ihemelu Mike Petke Jordan Harvey Mehdi Ballouchy (Jacob Peterson 80) Nick LaBrocca Pablo Mastroeni Colin Clark Omar Cummings (Terry Cooke 75) Conor Casey (Tom McManus 89)
Substitutes Not Used: Preston Burpo Stephen Keel John DiRaimondo Jose Burciaga Jr. Facundo Erpen Christian Gomez
Misconduct Summary:
RSL – Mathis (Caution) 67
RSL – Morales (Caution) 69
RSL – Borchers (Caution) 82
COL – Ihemelu (Caution) 90
COL – Kimura (Caution) 90+
Referee: Alex Prus
Referees Assts.: Chris Strickland; Jose Corro
Fourth Official: Ben Chouaf
Attendance: 16047