Rapids Suffer 3-0 Loss to DC United

WASHINGTON D.C. (Saturday August 23 2008) – The Colorado Rapids were handed their worse road loss of the season falling 3-0 to DC United Saturday night at RFK Stadium. The shutout was Colorado’s third in their last four matches and their sixth loss in their last eight road games.
Interim head coach Gary Smith coaching in his first match since assuming his new position saw his team playing a man down over the final 25 minutes of the game and concede two goals during that span to close the season series with DC United at 1-1.
(To watch video highlights from this match click here).
Throughout much of the first half both teams battled for momentum with neither side able to create many scoring opportunities. Just before the break however Luciano Emilio played back a ball from the penalty spot to the top of the box where an on-coming Joe Vide struck it into the back of the net for a 1-0 United lead. The goal marked the third straight contest in which the Rapids have given up a goal in the 44th minute or later.
Colorado may have had their best scoring opportunity of the night seconds later in injury time when Nick LaBrocca’s header off a Terry Cooke cross was tipped just over the crossbar by Louis Crayton.
Preston Burpo kept the Rapids close through much of the second half with some big saves. The Black and White’s offensive pressure finally broke through though with two goals in a five minute span to put the game away.
Around the 80th minute Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni limped over to the bench with a hamstring injury. Unfortunately for the visiting team they were already out of substitutions for the match so with Mastroeni unable to return Colorado found themselves playing a man down the rest of the way.
Santino Quaranta pushed DC United’s advantage to 2-0 in the 82nd minute when he hit a rocket from just inside the right corner of the penalty area pass a diving Burpo into the upper left corner of the net.
Quavas Kirk who entered the match moments beforehand finished the scoring with a rebound goal following a beautiful one-handed save from Burpo in the 87th minute.
The Rapids head back out on the road for a second straight week traveling to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake on Friday August 29 at 7pm MT.
Scoring Summary:
DC- Vide (Emilio Guerrero) 45
DC- Quaranta (Emilio) 82
DC- Kirk (unassisted) 87
Colorado Rapids:
Preston Burpo Facundo Erpen Cory Gibbs Mike Petke Jose Burciaga Jr. Terry Cooke Mehdi Ballouchy (Greg Dalby 45 Christian Gomez 58) Nick LaBrocca Pablo Mastroeni Jacob Peterson (Colin Clark 45) Conor Casey
Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul Omar Cummings Herculez Gomez Kosuke Kimura Tom McManus
DC United: Louis Crayton Bryan Namoff Gonzalo Martinez Devon McTavish Craig Thompson (Mike Zaher 75) Santino Quaranta Clyde Simms (Quavas Kirk 87) Joe Vide Ivan Guerrero Luciano Emilio Jaime Moreno (Ryan Cordeiro 83)
Substitutes Not Used: James Thorpe Pat Carroll Ben Olsen Rod Dyachenko
Misconduct Summary:
COL- Petke (Handball) 69
DC- Thompson (Persistent Infringement)
Referee: Alex Prus
Referees Assts.: Nate Clement Jeff Muschik
Fourth Official: Shane Moody
Attendance: 17283