Commerce City, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rapids will aim to extend
their winning streak in league play to three consecutive matches on Sunday
when the club hosts D.C. United at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Last time out, the Rapids put in an effective 90-minute performance to come
away with a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.
After a scoreless first half the Rapids broke through for the first goal of
the night in the 47th minute when Nathan Sturgis collected a loose ball in the
New York penalty area and ripped a shot into the roof of the net.
The goal gave the hosts a nice boost of confidence and they extended the lead
to 2-0 in the 68th minute when Chris Klute sent a nice low cross into the box
where a sliding Deshorn Brown was able to send it past Red Bulls goalkeeper
"There are a bunch of little things that are getting better. The young boys
are maturing," Colorado head coach Oscar Pareja said. "We expect progression
from them. Sometimes you have to deal with not having the best performance,
but these young boys are getting some maturity. Being more consistent in the
middle, we're getting more control of the game. And defensively, today was
D.C. United, meanwhile, is coming off a 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders on
Wednesday at CenturyLink Field, their third consecutive loss in league play.
The Sounders opened the scoring in the 19th minute when U.S. international
Eddie Johnson controlled a ball just behind the midfield line, quickly passed
it off to fellow American international Brad Evans, who then hit Obafemi
Martins with a perfectly weighted through ball. Martins was able to get behind
the defense and squeezed a shot inside the near post despite United goalkeeper
Joe Willis cutting off the angle.
Martins then completed his brace in stoppage time to secure three points for
Despite the loss, D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen remains optimistic about
his team's effort.
"I was pleased with most of the way we played -- the way we built up our
attack. But again, the final stuff just isn't there," Olsen said. The quality
just isn't there. It's a very frustrating thing because we're getting the
right numbers there, we're getting in the right situations to get good service
the numbers are there. It's just not clicking."
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